It’s important to write down these emergency numbers and keep a hard-copy list of those which may be extra important.
To be kept readily accessible for an emergency situation.
Kept on your refrigerator for access by anyone.
It would be good to keep these numbers in your cell phone too. But don’t rely on just your cell phone for your contacts. These phones do break or lose their juice once in awhile.
There’s nothing like having a hard copy of emergency numbers.
Why? Because it’s accessible to anyone in the house!
During an emergency, things can get panicky. Of course you can and should dial 9-1-1 for major emergencies. But maybe there’s a situation that’s not 9-1-1 caliber and you could call directly when you need to.
The following phone numbers should be kept on a written list, available in a moments notice. They’re not necessarily for emergency, but could simply be convenient.
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For any life threatening situations you should call 9-1-1.
Police Department / Sheriff
You may have local PD, a Sheriff’s department, and State Police.
Though you should call 9-1-1 for a fire, you might contact them for Community Emergency Response – which is a typical responsibility within this department. Maybe you call about a fire permit, or when there might be (free?) First Aid training, or other questions related to their department.
Some town’s integrate their Fire Department with Emergency Medical Services. Though others it’s separate.
There are plenty of non-emergency reasons to have your doctor’s office number handy. Hopefully it’s not so frequent that you know it by memory!
You find out that someone you know has been admitted. No need to scramble for the phone number (for example).
Report damage to your vehicle, your home, or any other type of emergency claim.
Not everyone has thought about having a lawyer. But researching this ahead of time will save potential rushed mistakes later (if you ever need one). Hopefully you won’t need a lawyer on ‘speed dial’…
School & Day Care
If you have kids, you’ll definitely want to keep their school and day care number nearby!
Power outage? Know the number to report it.
Natural Gas / Propane / Oil
Whichever type of fuel company you have, this number may be useful. Smell gas? Quick, who are you going to call in this emergency?
Sometimes this is a different company than your fuel supplier. If your heat goes out during the winter, you’ll want to dial this number fast!
Ever heard of water breaks? It happens.
Town DOT Services
The number for your own town’s department of transportation / garage. Maybe you notice some bad situation on a local road (a monster pot hole?). Or maybe a wicked icy patch on a town road during winter – needs some salt…
Fish & Game / Animal control
We all live among the wildlife. Some more than others. There may be a time when you need the expertise or services of Animal Control or Fish & Game.
Your Automotive Garage / Tow Truck / AAA
Cars and Trucks break down. Maybe a family member calls from the road – broken down vehicle – and you need to call a tow for them. And to their garage / repair shop.
During an emergency you might not remember a neighbor’s number (because we keep those numbers in our cell phones rather than our memory).
Your Vet and/or a Veterinarian hospital emergency care. The last thing you want to deal with while your beloved pet is injured – is to scramble for a phone number to see if their open or available.
Poison Control Center – National Hotline
Any other ideas for emergency numbers?
Tip: You might even laminate your hard copy sheet!
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