Most of us were taught as kids to be able to dial 911 in an emergency, and knowing grandma’s number so she could come to pick us up. As adults, we live in a world where all kinds of scenarios are thrown at us and we might not be prepared to know who we need to call. I’ve come up with several emergency numbers you need in your cell phone contact list.
If you’re left stranded on the highway, do you know who you could call to come to your rescue? Or what about when your family is not answering their phones? Who will you call to bail you out of your sticky situation?
You may have a few of these emergency numbers already in your phone, but there might be other numbers on this list that you may have not thought about. Here are several emergency numbers that everyone should have located on their cell phones.
ICE stands for in case of emergencies. If something were to happen to you, first responders would be able to track down your loved ones far quicker and fill them in on your condition.
They know to check on your phone for this information, or at least they should. So why not make it easier on the medics by having ICE contact set up on your phone? At the minimum, have at least two emergency contacts that they can use.
You’re sure to have these numbers on your phone anyway, but it is important to make sure all their numbers are on your phone. The more of their numbers on your phone, the better chance of someone being able to help you if you need something last minute. Besides, what are families for?
Do you live next to neighbors that are like family? Exchanging numbers with them can be huge while you’re out of town. If something were to happen, or you needed them to check in on something in your home, you wouldn’t have the headache of trying to get ahold of someone else that lived further away.
Non-Emergency Police and Fire Department
Many people don’t know the non-emergency police and fire department numbers in their local area and decide to call 911 instead. You may have a concern or situation that needs to be looked into or simply needing advice, and the non-emergency number would be the number you want to call.
Having roadside assistance on speed dial would be a great move on your part. It seems like our vehicles always breakdown out at the most inopportune time and the worst of all places. It’s going to be hard to track down that number when your phone’s internet connection is not working and no one is around in the middle of the night. Don’t hesitate to have this number high on your list.
Having poison control as an emergency number is extremely important if you have younger children or pets living with you. They’re always putting things in their mouths and getting into things when your back is turned. Poison control will be able to assist you on whether you need to rush your child or pet to the emergency room or vet.
When the power goes out, you won’t have the internet to help you track down your power company’s phone number. So that makes having them as one of the emergency numbers to have on your speed dial.
A Trusted Locksmith
Do you know a locksmith you can turn to when you make the mistake of leaving your keys in the car? Calling a random locksmith puts you in a situation where they may charge you an arm and a leg that you’ll have no choice but to pay.
Your Children’s or Grandchildren’s School
When your children are in school, it’s important to have their school’s number on-hand and ready. No telling how many times you’ll have to call in for a sick day for them, but also so that you can identify the number if your son or daughter is having an emergency.
Car Insurance Number
It might be in your best interest to call your car insurance company’s phone number after you’ve been involved in an accident. The event is still fresh in your mind and you’ll be able to include the details more accurately. Make sure that you have your policy number on hand also.
Having the local hospital’s numbers on your phone is a smart thing to do as well. Do you live around a local and regional hospital, or fairly close to both? It’s best to have those hospital numbers already plugged into your phone.
Doctor’s or Pediatrician’s Office
This might not be an emergency, but you’ll be sure to have to call this number at least once a year. Especially if you have younger children in preschool or grade school. It seems like there are all kinds of germs and bacteria flying around their schools.
Checking in on your prescriptions, or refilling them by calling your pharmacy’s number, can save you a lot of time. You can even text them the information these days if you have their number ready to go.
As many times as your dentist office blows up your phone with constant reminders of your upcoming appointment, you may already have their number memorized. If not, you never know when a throbbing toothache may arise and you’ll need to call the dentist.
Debit/Credit Card 1-800-numbers
You may want to add your debit/credit card 1-800 phone numbers in your phone in case you lose a debit or credit card. This way you can call to report them by giving other information to your bank to report charges you didn’t make or if your card is stolen.
These are several emergency numbers that you need to have on your cell phone ready to go. Have you ever been in a situation where you needed a number desperately but didn’t have it with you? What other emergency numbers are important to have set aside for when unexpected situations arise? Let me know your thoughts or real-life experiences. May God bless this world, Linda