The Great ‘Crucial Phone Numbers’ Hunt: Easy numbers for when things go wrong.

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  • Ploddy
    Ploddy Posts: 86 Forumite
    janeat18 wrote: »
    Mobile phones - Just to say that you should store the person you want contacted in case of an emergency (eg car accident) with ICE as the name
    - In Case of Emergency

    The emergency services look for this now - You might not be able to speak
    you can of course have the person in under their name as well for your own use!

    This works well in theory, however new policies and procedures are added all the time and it is difficult to keep up and remember them all. I bet more than half of emergency services staff will not look for this straight away, usually it is acted on in hospital though.
  • stu369
    stu369 Posts: 57 Forumite
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    janeat18 wrote: »
    Mobile phones - Just to say that you should store the person you want contacted in case of an emergency (eg car accident) with ICE as the name
    - In Case of Emergency

    The emergency services look for this now - You might not be able to speak
    you can of course have the person in under their name as well for your own use!
    It's more than likely that caller display will not display the name at all if you have one number more than once in your phone book.
  • Remember the site www.saynoto0870 for really useful 0800 numbers
  • David12
    David12 Posts: 23 Forumite
    Plasticman wrote: »
    The only emergency number I remember is 999. For anything else, I would generally look it up on the Internet or phone directory enquiries. Nothing else is that urgent is it? Unless my internet connection broke of course, now that really would be a crisis. :eek:
    So I thought until my phone line went dead for three days over the weekend and I was like a lost soul without my internet connection. :confused:
  • Ypaymore
    Ypaymore Posts: 2,802 Forumite
    Cave or Mountain Rescue.

    In an emergency dial 999 or 112
    Ask for Police, and then request Cave or Mountain rescue.
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    FIRST Emergency

    The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

    Hopefully it wasn't meant literally, but I really don't think the emergency services would be too happy if you rang 112 just to "try it out".

    "Emergency Services, what service do you require?"
    "Errr, are you THE Emergency Services?"
    "As far as we know, yes. What service do you require"
    "As in, the same as 999?"
    "Yes, what service do you require?""
    "Nothing that's great, thanks a lot"
    "................?"

    That multiplied by however many people are stupid enough to try it out, and you may just cause a real emergency to not get the attention it needs.

    I know Col_in_LB has written the same, but it really does need emphasing again.

    Here endeth the lesson......:mad:
  • D33na
    D33na Posts: 11 Forumite
    Here is a general list of useful national numbers - hope they are helpful!

    Advice
    Citizens Advice Bureaux Tel: 020 7833 2181
    Animal welfare
    RSPCA - tel: 0870 55 55 999 (24hrs)
    Alcohol and drugs
    Alcoholics Anonymous - tel: 0845 769 7555 (24hrs)
    DrinkLine - tel: 0800 917 8282 (Mon-Fri 9am-11pm)
    Confidential service. Callers can listen to recorded information or talk to
    an adviser.
    National Drugs Helpline 'Talk to Frank' - tel: 0800 77
    66 00 (24hrs), textphone: 0800 917 8765 or email: [EMAIL="frank@talktofrank.com"]frank@talktofrank.com[/EMAIL]
    Smokers Quitline - tel: 0800 00 22 00
    Children
    Childline - tel: 0800 1111 (24hrs)
    NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - tel: 0808 800 5000
    (24hrs),
    Still Birth & Neonatal Death Society - tel: 020 7436
    5881 (Mon-Fri 10am-3pm)
    Crime
    Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111
    Debt and gambling
    National Debtline - tel: 0808 808 4000
    Gamblers Anonymous - tel: 020 7384 3040
    Domestic violence and rape
    Refuge - tel: 0808 2000 247(24hrs)
    Women's Aid Helpline - tel: 0808 2000 247 (24hrs)
    Rape Crisis Centre - email: [EMAIL="info@rapecrisis.org.uk"]info@rapecrisis.org.uk[/EMAIL]
    Broken Rainbow - tel: 08452 60 44 60 or email:
    [EMAIL="lgbtdv@btopenworld.com"]lgbtdv@btopenworld.com[/EMAIL]
    National Domestic Violence Helpline Tel: 08457 023 468
    (England)
    Elderly
    Age Concern Information Line - tel: 0800 00 99 66
    (7am-7pm, 365 days a year)
    Elder Abuse Response helpline - tel: 0808 808 8141
    (Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm)
    Seniorline, Help the Aged - tel: 0808 800 6565 (Mon-Fri
    9am-4pm) or textphone 0800 26 96 26
    Electricity
    24-hour electricity Emergency Number 0800 40 40 90 (for
    pylons down or electrical accident situations)
    Environment
    Environment Agency - 0800 80 70 60
    Floods
    Floodline - tel: 0845 988 1188 (24hrs)
    Gas
    National Gas Emergency Service - tel: 0800 111 999
    (24hrs)
    Health
    NHS Direct - 0845 46 47
    Homeless
    Shelterline - tel: 0808 800 4444 (24hrs)
    Immigration
    Immigration Advisory Service - tel: 020 7967 1200
    (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm) or 020 7378 9191 (Answerphone)
    Mental Health
    Samaritans - tel: 08457 90 90 90 (24hrs)
    Missing persons
    National Missing Persons Helpline - tel: 0500 700 700
    (24hrs)
    Family Tracing Service, The Salvation Army - tel: 0845
    634 4747 (Mon-Fri 8.15am-3.45pm)
    Relationships
    Relate - tel: 08451 30 40 16 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
    Terrorism
    Home Office Anti-Terrorism hotline - tel: 0800 789 321
    Travel
    National Rail Enquiries - 08457 48 49 50
    Victim support
    Victim Supportline - tel: 0845 30 30 900 (9am-9pm, Bank
    holidays 9am-5pm)
  • Consumer Direct is another really useful service - information and advice on any consumer issues.

    08454 040506
    (Minicom 08451 281384)
    (Welsh speaking 08454 040505)

    0800-1830 Mon-Fri; 0900-1300 Sat (closed Sun / Bank Holidays)

    Here are their advertised local numbers - but they do say the service is designed to work through the 0845 number.

    East of England: 01438 737460
    East Midlands: 01522 563000
    London: 020 8799 9200
    North-East: 01642 495600
    North-West: 0203 1035165
    Scotland: 01851 822401
    South East: 01622 626520
    South West: 01209 720333
    Wales (English language): 02920 367800
    Wales (Welsh language): 02920 367801
    West Midlands: 02476 786610
    Yorkshire and the Humber: 0113 201 3670
  • Bungarm2001
    Bungarm2001 Posts: 686 Forumite
    We saw a dog once just wandering along the motorway in the middle of the night...(please read on, this is on topic, honest...!) and we had absolutely no clue as to who to contact about it. We eventually came off at the next exit and because we had no idea of what the local police force number was, we had to dial 999. We apologised and the operator was very good about and dealt with it.

    My question is, what would you have done? Who would you have phoned? Is there a 'non' emergency number for the cops that covers the whole of the UK?
  • Patti27
    Patti27 Posts: 75 Forumite
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    I found this 01224 386 000 on SayNoTo0870.com. It's the number for Grampian Police.

    By the way, you can always register your mobile phone and other gadgets on Immobilise.com.

    It wouldn't save you any money calling that number as 0845 600 5700 is charged at local rates anyway.

    We saw a dog once just wandering along the motorway in the middle of the night...(please read on, this is on topic, honest...!) and we had absolutely no clue as to who to contact about it. We eventually came off at the next exit and because we had no idea of what the local police force number was, we had to dial 999. We apologised and the operator was very good about and dealt with it.

    My question is, what would you have done? Who would you have phoned? Is there a 'non' emergency number for the cops that covers the whole of the UK?

    Called directory enquiries & asked them for the local police non-emergency number (or whilst at work, got the number from the system!). There isn't a number that covers the whole of the UK.
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