It’s an Emergency! (What do I say?!)

What happens if you have an emergency? If you are in the U.S. and your or someone else’s health is in danger, call 9-1-1.

Make sure you know your address. It is a good idea to copy it down and know where it is if you can’t remember it.

(If not, then you can call the non-emergency number for the police in your city. You can find this number by doing a Google search for “Non-Emergency Number.”)

Here is a web site link you can follow to find out more information about when to call 9-1-1 and what to call it for.

It also explains what will happen after you call.

Here are some reasons you might call 9-1-1:

Maybe there is a house fire.

You can call and say:

  • There is a fire in my (house / apartment).
  • I smell smoke.
  • The fire alarm is going off.
  • I see flames.
  • I can’t breathe.
  • The walls are hot. / The door is hot.

 Maybe you see (or are in) a car accident.

You can say:

  • There has been a car accident.
  • Someone is hurt.
  • Someone is unconscious.
  • Someone is trapped inside the car.

 Maybe someone is injured.

You can say:

  • There has been an accident.
  • Someone hurt (his / her) (head / back / leg / arm / hand /eye).
  • Someone is bleeding.
  • I think someone has broken (a leg / an arm).
  • Someone is unconscious.
  • Someone isn’t breathing.

 Finally, it is a good idea to know your blood type.

You can say the letter name followed by “positive” or “negative.” For example: My blood type is A positive.

Stay calm. Answer all questions you are asked by the 9-1-1 operator.

Do not worry about your English. They will find a translator if they need one.