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24 Emergency Numbers You Need to Know [Free Printable]

March 23, 2024
Be prepared for any emergency with our comprehensive list of 24 emergency numbers you should know. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Emergencies are unpredictable, but being prepared is always within your control. Here, we'll walk through an essential list of emergency contacts you may need for various urgent situations. From medical emergencies to security concerns, we've gathered the most crucial emergency numbers you need to have on hand.

Continue reading as we look at 24 emergency phone numbers you should add to your contact list today.

The Ultimate Emergency Contact List

1. 911


When you or someone you know is dealing with a life-threatening emergency, 911 is the number to call. This will connect any North American caller with help. Just be sure that you’re calling about an emergency situation, including one of the following:

  • Life-threatening medical conditions
  • Active crimes or security threats
  • Traffic collisions
  • Fires or suspected fires
  • Dangerous chemical or fuel spills
  • Potential explosive devices
  • Smoke detection in buildings
  • Cliff or high-angle rescues
  • Elevator entrapments
  • Airplane or aviation-related emergencies

We've covered using 911 for urgent crises, let's explore 112, another crucial number for different emergency situations.

Emergency Contact List Printable


2. 112

112 is a European alternative to the 911 US emergency number. If you travel a lot or have family overseas, it’s a good idea to have it on your contact list. In fact, we recommend having all alternative 911 numbers in your emergency phone number list if you travel internationally.

Local police department

3. Local Police Department

If you’re having a non-life-threatening dilemma that still requires the help of the police, you’ll want to have your local police department’s phone number in your list of emergency numbers. These situations could include:

  • Suspected theft or burglary not in progress
  • Minor traffic accidents without injuries
  • Vandalism or property damage
  • Noise complaints
  • Suspicious activities or persons
  • Lost or found property
  • Non-emergency public safety concerns

Your local police department will be able to connect you with an officer nearby.

Poison control

4. Poison Control

Poison control numbers vary by region, so make sure you have the correct local poison control number dialed into your emergency contact information. You can also reach out to the American Associates of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222. They can provide you with specific safety numbers you should call based on your area if need be.

Animal poison control

5. Animal Poison Control

If you have pets, you know the risk of them getting into something they shouldn’t eat is always there. What’s important to note is that human and animal poison control centers are separate entities. The number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is 888-426-4435.


6. Hospital

While you should certainly take down the number of your primary hospital, it’s also a good idea to have other local hospital numbers in your emergency contact info, too. Make sure to note where they are in relation to your home, work, or anywhere you often find yourself.

Family doctor

7. Family Doctor

Some medical dilemmas don’t require an immediate trip to the hospital. Sometimes, you just need a professional to consult with, which is where having your family or primary care doctor’s information on hand.


8. Veterinarian

Being able to act quickly when your pet is having problems is key, which is why you should have their vet’s information on hand. Ask whether or not they have a specific emergency number in case your pet is dealing with a life-threatening emergency outside of normal business hours.


9. Local Locksmith

Locked out of your car or apartment? We’ve all been there. Having a local locksmith’s number on hand can get you out of a bind swiftly and safely. Plus, you can avoid having to shell out money on a more expensive one in case of an emergency.

Local fire department

10. Local Fire Department

In the event of a fire, call 911 immediately. They’ll connect you with your local fire station. However, if you want a burn day schedule or general fire safety information, we recommend having the number for your local fire department on hand.

Power company

11. Local Power Company

Don’t get left in the dark. Keep your local power company’s info in your contact book so you can report any power outages, whether in your apartment, neighborhood, or nearby community.

Water company

12. Water Company

In the wake of natural disasters or when facing issues like malfunctioning water lines, your local water company is your go-to for handling water-related emergencies. They are equipped to deal with situations ranging from compromised water quality to unexpected flooding.

Tow truck

13. Roadside Assistance

Car troubles often happen when we least expect them, so having your roadside assistance number in your phone, such as AAA, is crucial for getting back up and running ASAP. If you don’t have AAA, get the number for a local tow company.

Whether it’s a stubborn car that won’t start in the morning or a highway fender bender, this number ensures you’re not stranded for long.

Next-door neighbors

14. Nextdoor Neighbors

For those living alone, it's smart to build a relationship with your neighbors. They can be a handy resource in emergencies or when you simply need a cup of milk or sugar. Get to know them and swap contact details, so you're prepared to help each other out when needed.

15. Lost or Stolen Credit Card Line

Can’t find your credit card? There’s no reason to panic! Simply call your credit card company’s lost or stolen credit card line to cancel it as soon as you can and order a new card.

Insurance agent

16. Insurance Agent

Whether renter’s insurance, car insurance, or health insurance, having your insurance agent’s number on hand can help you get in contact with them immediately after dealing with an accident to file a claim.


17. Boss

If you're unexpectedly sick or can't make it to work, it's important to have your boss's number in your contacts. Quick heads-up calls keep things smooth and show you’re a level-headed individual, even when life throws a curveball.


18. Co-Workers

If you’re unable to get ahold of your boss or you need to talk to your coworkers about an important task while you’re out of the office, it’s a good idea to have their numbers saved in your phone.

School or daycare

19. Daycare or School

Having your children’s daycare or school number can be extremely helpful in an emergency situation. You’ll likely have to give them your number when you enroll your little ones, so you’ll also know to pick up the phone if they try to get in touch with you.

20. Local Emergency Services

Some cities have EMS phone numbers that are different from police and fire department phone numbers. You might even have a specific emergency ambulance number in your area. Look up your local emergency contact numbers and see if there are any you feel could be helpful in your particular situation.

Coast Guard

21. Coast Guard

Living near the coast, a river, or a lake? Save your local coast guard's number for immediate assistance in water-related emergencies. It'll be the first number you'll want to call for professional help with boating issues, swimming accidents, or other coastal emergencies.

State Division of Wildlife

22. State Division of Wildlife

When living close to nature, encountering wildlife, from coyotes to bears to alligators, is a reality. The State Division of Wildlife plays a crucial role in protecting both residents and wildlife in these encounters. Keeping their emergency contact readily available is key for those in rural areas. This ensures swift and expert intervention in any wildlife-related emergencies.


23. Dentist

When it comes to dental dilemmas, from sudden emergencies to scheduling routine check-ups, having your dentist's contact information at your fingertips is a smart move. Whether it's a toothache that strikes unexpectedly or the need to arrange a regular visit, quick access to your dentist provides a kind of peace of mind you didn't know you needed.


24. Pharmacist

Having your pharmacist in your contact list can help when you need quick consultations regarding medication, including dosages, side effects, and any other concerns you might have. It can also allow for easy refill and stock communication.

Update Your Emergency Contacts List Today

Now that you have a robust list of phone numbers to add to your ICE emergency contact list, you'll be able to sleep better at night knowing you’re more prepared in case of an emergency.

Use this list to help keep yourself, loved ones, and apartment safe, regardless of the situation.

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Tristian Brown
Tristian Brown is a Senior Content Marketing Associate at Apartment List, where he manages high-quality content that helps modern renters find the perfect home. He brings an immense wealth of knowledge to the team, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and European Management from the University of San Diego and EM Strasbourg Business School. Read More
Tyler Connaghan
For over a decade, Tyler Connaghan has excelled in content strategy, specializing in article writing and website content creation. Through his deep interest in knowledge and partnerships with notable real estate firms, he has refined his skill in producing content that highlights the rental sector's key aspects. Read More

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