Create an Emergency Contact List

Create an Emergency Contact List

Here is a sample emergency list.  Everyone’s list will be different, but this list should get you started.  Here are some basics to keep in mind when creating your family’s list.

List – Police, Fire and Ambulance services, including the non-emergency numbers. Know the difference between the use of emergency and non-emergency numbers and when to use them.  Teach your children how and when to use your emergency contact list.  The non-emergency numbers are important in case you need to report suspicious activity, to get a home inspection or to call when unsure if the situation warrants the usual 911 number.

The ability of the police to locate and arrest criminals often depends on the thoroughness and accuracy of the report you submit. The following information checklist should be used for reporting both emergency and non-emergency crimes:


  • Type of crime.
  • Location: exact street address and nearest cross street.
  • Time of occurrence.
  • Weapons used.
  • Number of persons injured and types of injuries.
  • Vehicle information: type, license number, color, year, make, model, unusual characteristics (e.g., dents, bumper stickers), number of persons, etc.
  • Suspect information: race, gender, age, height, weight, hair color, hair length and style, eye color, facial hair, clothing type and color, other characteristics (e.g., tattoos, missing teeth, scars, and glasses), direction of flight, etc.


Some example situations that may not be emergencies are:

  • Home and business burglaries in which the suspect is gone from the scene.
  • Open or broken doors or windows in businesses or homes, especially if the business is closed or the residents are away.
  • Stolen checks and credit cards — also call the financial institutions involved to have them stop payments of checks and verifications of charges.
  • Impersonation and stolen identification, e.g., driver’s license.
  • Auto theft and vandalism.
  • Hit and run accidents with no injuries.
  • Minors violating curfew.
  • Loud parties — the person calling usually must sign a complaint.
  • Road hazards that don’t require immediate attention.
  • Past instances of graffiti or other vandalism.
  • Past instances of child or elder abuse.
  • Runaway juvenile or missing adult who does not need special care.
  • Car or building alarms.
  • Underage drinking.
  • Accumulations of consumer goods, especially in good condition and not in use in homes, garages, and storage areas.
  • Persons who are:
  • Disturbing the peace, i.e., loitering, panhandling, noise making, and harassing others.
  • Soliciting without a license, not displaying a valid registration card, or operating between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Going door-to-door, or into side or back yards in a residential area.
  • Loitering near a business or home, especially if the business is closed or the residents are away.
  • Loitering near schools or parks.
  • Looking into parked vehicles.
  • Running other than for exercise.
  • Carrying property at an unusual time and place.
  • Entering and leaving property on daily or regular basis, or in large numbers, especially at night.
  • Drunk in public but not in any immediate danger.
  • Exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms but not a danger to themselves or others.
  • Making a quick change of vehicles.
  1. List an out-of-state friend or relative that all family members will call if you become separated from each other.  Sometimes if local phone circuits are busy during an emergency, it may be easier to call out-of-state.
  2. Closest Hospital Phone Number and Address – Keep this number and address handy, just in case you need to get to the emergency room or need to call the hospital for assistance.
  3. Poison Control Center – If you have small children this is a great number to have handy.
  4. Pharmacy – Your pharmacist is a great resource for medication questions or with pointing you in the direction to care for a sick child.  It won’t cost you a dime and may save you a trip to the doctor’s office.  Don’t rely on this in life threating situations, use 911.
  5. Doctor, Medical Clinic, Dental – Post both your regular doctor and any specialists.  If you have a 24-hour clinic in town, post the address and number as well. Clinic’s often have shorter waiting times than an emergency room if the situation doesn’t require emergency services.
  6. School – Keep your child’s school contact information posted for easy access to report illness or to make appointments.
  7. Veterinarian – Keep both your regular veterinarian number posted as well as the local 24-hour emergency clinic. Know where the emergency clinic is and how to get there quickly.
  8. List your credit card companies just in case you lose your wallet and need to quickly cancel your credit cards.

If you are ever in doubt which number to use, please call 911 or your local emergency number.  They can better assist you with your current situation.


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