How to Create an Emergency Contact Information Form in WordPress

How to Create an Emergency Contact Information Form in WordPress

Looking for how to create an emergency contact information form in WordPress? Adding an emergency contact form to your website can help you gather, store, and access important information about people.

In this article, we’ll show you a simple way to create an emergency contact information form in WordPress with WPForms.

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Do I Need an Emergency Contact Form?

Emergencies do happen.

And, it’s important to collect emergency contact information from people for a lot of reasons. Here are some popular uses of emergency contact information forms on websites:

  • Employees. An employee of yours could fill out an employee emergency contact form for your records.
  • Clients. Your client can provide a family emergency contact form for you to access if you need to reach someone related to your client.
  • Tenants. If a property you manage has an emergency, you’ll want to be able to get a hold of your tenant’s contacts.
  • Parents. A summer camp or a business that works with children would need an emergency contact information form filled out by parents for their child.

If you’re trying to figure out how to request emergency contact information from employees, creating an emergency contact form in WordPress is a perfect and easy way to start.

Take a peek at our Emergency Contact Form Demo to see it in action.

How Do I Create a Contact Form in WordPress?

Using WPForms is the easiest way to create a contact form in WordPress.


Plus, WPForms comes with 500+ unique form templates, including an emergency contact information form.

Before you create your emergency contact information form, you’ll need to install and activate the WPForms plugin.

How to Create an Emergency Contact Information Form in WordPress

Now that you’ve activated the WPForms plugin, here’s exactly how to create an emergency contact information form in WordPress:

Step 1: Create an Emergency Contact Form

The first thing you’ll need to do is create a new form.

To do that, go to WPForms » Add New and give your form a name. Then, scroll down to the section labeled Select a Template and type “emergency contact form” into the search bar. Select the Emergency Contact Form template to create your form.

Selecting the Emergency Contact Form template

Once the pre-built emergency contact information form loads, most of the work is already done for you. You’ll find these fields already in your form:

User’s Information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Primary Care Provider

Emergency Contact Information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Home Phone
  • Work Phone
  • Cell Phone
  • Relationship

Customizing your emergency contact form

You can add more fields to your form by dragging them from the left hand panel to the right hand panel.

Then, simply click on the field in the right hand panel to make any necessary changes to it.

For instance, if you want people to upload an image of themselves to be stored with their emergency contact information, you can add a File Upload form field.

Adding a Filed Upload field to your emergency contact form

You can also click on a field and drag it up or down to rearrange the order of your emergency contact information form, so it looks exactly the way you want.

Once your emergency contact information form looks the way you want, click Save.

Step 2: Edit Your Emergency Contact Form Settings

To begin, go to Settings » General.

Accessing a form's general settings

In this area, you can configure:

  • Form Name — Change the name of your form here if you’d like.
  • Form Description — Give your form a description.
  • Tags — Add tags to organize your WordPress forms.
  • Submit Button Text — Customize the copy on the submit button.
  • Submit Button Processing Text — Change the text that shows while your form is submitting.

Under Advanced, you can also:

  • Add CSS Classes — Style your form or submit button with custom CSS.
  • Enable Prefill by URL — Automatically fill some fields from one form to another using a custom URL.
  • Enable AJAX form submission — Enable AJAX settings with no page reload.
  • Disable storing entry information in WordPress — You can disable the storing of entry information and user details, such as IP addresses and user agents, in an effort to comply with GDPR requirements. Check out our step-by-step instructions on how to add a GDPR agreement field to your simple contact form.

Once you’re done with the general settings, move on to the Spam Protection and Security settings.

Opening the form spam and security settings

  • Enable anti-spam protection — Stop contact form spam with the WPForms anti-spam token. The anti-spam setting is automatically enabled on all new forms.
  • Enable Akismet anti-spam protection — If you use the Akismet anti-spam plugin, you can connect it to your form for added protection.
  • Enable country filter — Block entries from certain countries.
  • Enable keyword filter — Prevent submission that include specific words or phrases.

You can also set up your preferred CAPTCHA solution. For all the details, check out our full guide to spam prevention.

Once everything is set up the way you want it, click Save.

Step 3: Configure Your Form Notifications

Notifications are an excellent way to automatically send an email out whenever someone completes an emergency contact information form on your website.

Accessing a form's notifications settings

Actually, unless you disable this feature, whenever someone submits to a form on your site, you’ll get a notification.

If you use Smart Tags, you can also send a notification to the person who submitted the emergency contact information form, letting them know you received it and any next steps if needed. This lets people know that their submission has gone through.

If you’d like more details on this step, read our guide on how to set up form notifications.

Also, you can send more than just one notification out. For example, you could set up notifications to be sent to yourself, the person who submitted the form, and to someone else on your team.

For help doing this, check out our step by step tutorial on how to send multiple form notifications in WordPress forms.

Lastly, to keep your branding consistent, you may want to take a look at our tutorial on adding a custom header to your email template.

An email notification with a custom header image

On top of being a great branding tool, using your logo on your form notifications is a great way to build trust with your website visitors through your forms!

Step 4: Configure Your Form Confirmations

Form confirmations are a fantastic way to let users know their information was submitted while also taking action on next steps.

You can choose between 3 different confirmation types:

  1. Message. This is the default confirmation type in WPForms. When someone submits an emergency contact information form, a simple message confirmation will appear letting them know their form was processed.
  2. Show Page. This confirmation type will take site visitors to a specific web page on your site. For example, a thank you page. For help doing this, check out our tutorial on redirecting users after a WordPress form submit.
  3. Go to URL (Redirect). This option is used when you want to send site visitors to a different website, such as an affiliate product’s referral page.

Once you have your emergency contact information form customized to your liking, head over to Settings » Confirmations.

Customizing the confirmation message for your emergency contact form

Next, customize your confirmation message to say exactly what you’d like visitors to see after they submit to your emergency contact form.

Also, if you want to display different confirmation messages to site visitors based on their behavior, be sure to read up on how to create conditional form confirmations.

Step 5: Set Your Emergency Contact Form Access

One of the many helpful features included with WPForms is the Form Locker addon. This lets you configure things like form permissions and access. If you haven’t already done so, you can install and activate the Form Locker addon by going to WPForms » Addons.

To adjust these settings, go to Settings » Form Locker.

Accessing the Form Locker settings in the form builder

In the Form Locker settings, you’ll see 4 different options:

  1. Form Verification: Enable password protection so only those with the password, such as your customers, can fill out your form.
  2. Form Scheduling: Schedule start and end dates for your emergency contact information form.
  3. Form Restrictions: Allow only those who have logged into your website to submit an emergency contact information form.
  4. Entry Limits & Restrictions: Limit the number of form entries you’ll accept.

You may not use all of these settings on the same form. However, if you’re trying to build spam-free WordPress contact forms, using a password to protect your emergency contact information form is a smart choice.

To learn more, be sure to check out our tutorial on how to install and use the Form Locker Addon in WPForms.

Step 6: Add Your Form to Your Site

After you’ve created your emergency contact information form and customized all the settings the way you want them, the final step is to add your form to your website.

WPForms lets you add your forms to multiple locations on your site, including your pages, blog posts, and even sidebar widgets.

Let’s take a look at the most common placement option: page or post embedding.

To begin, create a new page or post in WordPress. Then, add a new block and select the WPForms block.

Adding a WPForms block to a page

The handy WPForms block will appear. Click on the dropdown that appears and pick which form from the ones you’ve already created that you want to insert into your page or post.

Select your Emergency Contact form.

Selecting your emergency contact form from the WPForms block dropdown

Then, publish your page or post so your emergency contact information form will appear on your site.

Publishing your emergency contact form

Now users will be able to view and fill out your online emergency contact form.

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That’s it! You now know how to create an emergency contact information form in WordPress.

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