Take time today to enter these 15 Emergency Numbers into your cell
When I was a kid the phone book was the go to place for information. There was always a page at the front that had emergency numbers and a spot to add your doctor and other numbers you need. My parents always had it placed by the phone in the kitchen. These days we rely so much on technology, in the form of smart phones and tablets, that we don’t even bother to memorize our important numbers.
Most of the numbers recommended below are not used every day. When they are used, they might be for general information. BUT, having them available on a moments notice means you are better equipped to deal with an emergency situation should it present itself.
Having these numbers handy will save time and battery power, plus give you peace of mind. NOTE: In a real emergency your first choice for an emergency call will still be 911. These emergency numbers will not replace a life saving call to 911
15 Emergency Numbers to have in your cell
ICE : In Case of Emergency – Make it easy for emergency responders to find your family contact. Sure they can search your phone for the most frequently called numbers, but why not make it easy for them. Create an ICE contact in your phone.
Local fire department – Our local fire departments have a wealth of information and provide community training and local CERT support. We also call for burn day information.
Local police department – List the non-emergency number for your area. In my small town, the number contacts the on duty officer directly.
Water company – Useful for calling about broken water mains and botched bills. Call to get more information if you have a boil water alert or other contaminated water issue.
Power company – Useful to have in your phone to report power outages.
Poison Control – Find your Regional Poison Control Center and enter the number; because every 13 seconds, the U.S. Poison Centers receive a call about someone being exposed to a poison. Over 50% of these emergencies involve a child under five years of age.
Nearby hospitals – I have the three closest hospitals in my contacts.
Doctor – a given and one you probably already have listed!
Animal control – Stray dogs and cats can be a problem. Animal control can give you information about helping, shelters and other wildlife issues you may have. There appears to be a mountain lion frequenting the new property I’m moving to. Animal control has been very helpful with information.
Next door neighbors – Get to know your neighbors and exchange numbers. They will be a big asset to you in an emergency.
Tow truck – list a few local tow companies or your AAA number
Insurance agent – Find out who to call in case you have an accident or home damage. Some companies have a main incident reporting number separate from your local agent. List both.
Coworkers – Feeling sick and need too let them know about that project that’s hanging around on your desk? be a team player and give them a heads up.
Boss – Feeling sick (or just taking a day!)
Ecclesiastical leaders – When disaster strikes our church leaders and family will be the ones to turn to for help.
Okay, you spent 30 minutes searching online and gathering the numbers. How will you group them in your phone? I created an Evernote note called ICE, for my numbers and also created a sub group in my Gmail contacts.