Emergency situations can be unexpected and scary. Most of the time, we feel like we can’t be prepared for these unknown situations. However, there are a few simple things you can do to prepare like create a first aid kit or have some safety numbers available and easy to access.
Sometimes in urgent scenarios, a few minutes can make all the difference. Having these phone numbers entered into your cell phone or written down in a convenient place could save you the hassle of having to look them up online or ask someone for them.
Not sure what numbers you should be writing down? Here is a list of safety numbers that you should have on hand:
911 – call if a crime is in progress, there is a life-threatening event, a fire, traffic accident, hazardous chemical spills, elevator rescues or beach related emergencies.
112 – an alternative to 911 that is primarily used in Europe.
Local police department – good to know for any non-emergency situation that requires police intervention
- Hospital – having the number of your primary hospital and others in the area can save time in the event you need to take a trip to the hospital.
- Family doctor – helpful if you need a personal consultation.
- Poison control – if you think you or someone close to you has consumed something poisonous call the American Association of Poison Control Centers helpline at 1-800-222-1222.
- Animal poison control – call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
- Veterinarian – keep your regular vet’s contact information and after hours phone number.
- Local fire department – can be helpful to find out general fire safety information.
- Water company – in the case of a water line malfunction, this can be helpful to have on hand.
- Power company – Contact the power company if your power is down or you need to report a downed line.
- Animal control – for any injured or sick animals, animal cruelty or aggressive animals, you’ll want to know the animal control number.
- Next-door neighbors – it can be helpful to have a way to contact your neighbors in the event of an emergency.
- Tow truck – having car trouble? Know the number of a tow truck or your roadside assistance like AAA.
- Insurance agent – in the case of an emergency you’ll want to have the numbers of your home insurance or car insurance.
- Boss – if an emergency prevents you from going into work, you’ll want to have your manager’s number.
- Co-workers – similar to your boss, you may need your coworkers to cover for you in an emergency.
- School or daycare – If your kid is missing school or you need to pick them up early due to unforeseen circumstances, you’ll want to have the schools number.
- Locksmith – after a burglary you may need to switch out your locks.
- Local EMS – your local emergency medical services or ambulance may be separate from the fire department.
Knowing these will help you be prepared, in case of an emergency. To help you keep them all in one place, Apartment Guide created an emergency number printable. Print it out and add any numbers you think might be helpful. Then keep this sheet by your landline or even on your fridge.
Once you print and fill this worksheet out, be sure to show your kids where you are keeping it. Have a discussion about each number and situations where they would need to call each person. Be sure to mention that calling 911 is only for emergency situations.
Having this printable will make you and your family more prepared. How has your family prepared for any emergency? Let me know in the comments below!
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