Monday, December 9, 2019

Emergency Numbers and Websites Everyone Should Know (Updated & Expanded)

By Timothy Gamble 

This article updates and expands an article I originally published a few years ago.

Here is a list of Emergency Numbers and Contact Information you should have with you at all times. It contains four major sections: 1) Emergency, Crisis, and Helplines, 2) a list of personal and local numbers you may need in an emergency, 3) Mental Health Help, and 4) Legal Help with Homeschooling, Second Amendment/Self-Defense, and Freedom of Religion issues.

 9-1-1 = General Emergency Number in USA & Canada 

General Emergency Numbers Around the World

911 - Emergency Police/Fire/Ambulance in the USA & Canada
066 - Emergency in Mexico
112 - Emergency in most (not all) of Europe
000 - Emergency in Australia
111 - Emergency in New Zealand
999 - Hong Kong
117 - The Philippines

Some countries have specific numbers for the type of emergency:

Israel & India  = Police: 100   Ambulance: 101   Fire: 102
Japan = Police: 110   Ambulance/Fire: 119
South Korea = Police: 112   Ambulance/Fire: 119
China = Police: 100   Ambulance: 120   Fire: 119

South America and Africa: emergency numbers vary widely, check with the individual country. 

Other Emergency, Crisis and Helplines 

Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435 [a fee may apply].

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): 1-202 324-3000

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
General contact number: 1-202-646-2500
For disaster survivors: 1-800-621-3362

American Red Cross
General contact number: 1-800-733-2767
For help contacting a service member during an emergency: 1-877-272-7337

Salvation Army
(The Salvation Army offers many services, including disaster relief, missing persons, and veterans' assistance. Please see their website for additional information and contacts.)

Other Numbers You May Want In an Emergency

You should put together a list of personal and local numbers that you may need in an emergency. Contact information you may wish to have include:
  • Your family, friends, neighbors, etc.
  • Your pastor/priest/rabbi, etc.
  • Your child's school.
  • Your state's Highway Patrol.
  • Local non-emergency fire and police numbers.
  • Various local government offices & services.
  • Your mechanic and local tow truck company.
  • Your local water, power, and gas companies.
  •  Local hospitals.
  • Your doctors, dentist, eye doctor, veterinarian, pharmacy, etc.
  • Your insurance companies (health, auto, property, life, etc.) - keep your account numbers with the contact info.
  • Your bank and other financial institutions.
  • Your work related numbers and contacts.

Mental Health Crisis / Specific Issues

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline – 1-877-726-4727
(Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.)

Refer to the article Finding Help: When to Get It and Where to Go on the Mental Health America website.

Local clergy often will be able to refer you to local programs, support groups, and counselors that can help.

Addicted to Tobacco? See Quitting Smoking (on the American Cancer Society website)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous 

Opioid Addiction
See GoodRX Article: 7 Resources to Help with Opioid Addiction

Legal Help with Homeschooling Issues

Home School Legal Defense Association
Telephone: 540-338-5600 / fax 2733 

Legal Help with Second Amendment Issues

Gun Rights Attorneys
   Listings by State:

NRA Attorney Referrals
**The NRA keeps a list of attorneys who have identified themselves as willing to consider firearm related cases. This list is available free of charge to NRA members only. For assistance in obtaining a referral from the NRA, please call (703) 267-1161. To join the NRA, visit their website.

Legal Help with Freedom of Religion Issues

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
Legal helpline: 1-757-226-2489

Christian Law Association (ALC)
Telephone: 1-888-252-1969

Liberty Counsel
Telephone: 1-407-875-1776

First Liberty Institute
Telephone: 1-972-941-4444

Alliance Defending Freedom
Toll Free: 1-800-835-5233

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