Calling Emergency Services

It’s happened. Your worst nightmare has come true.

Your child is hurt beyond what you can care for. In fact, if they don’t get help now, there could be permanent damage.

In this situation, 911 or a similar emergency number needs to be contacted. For most people, this is a rare occurrence. So what do you say? How do you handle this crazy important phone call?

I myself have only had to call 911 a few times. When you dial, it automatically re-routes your call to the nearest emergency service provider. Don’t panic if it takes a few moments for them to pick up the phone.

The first thing the operator will do is ask what your emergency is. You don’t have to tell them how it happened, just what the emergency is. The operator will ask for details later. Right now, the priority is getting help to your child.

Once you have briefly explained the situation, give an address. Be as specific as possible, especially if you are outside or at a location other than your home. Look for landmarks to give.

Rest assured that the operator will send help. Once they are sure help is on the way, they may ask you to stay on the line or hang up to care for your child. Follow the directions of the operator; they know what they are doing.

The most important thing is to stay as calm as possible. Speak clearly and without hesitation. Don’t worry; once you make that emergency phone call, help is on the way.

This, as the majority of my articles are, was written based on personal experience and knowledge. Your experience may differ. Again, the most important thing is to remain calm and know you are doing the best you can for your child!

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