Emergencies are always unforeseen, which is the very reason why they happen. So however much you might plan
and however much you might prepare one of these days you might get in an emergency. When this happens the only thing you can do is to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be to handle them. The problem with trying to be prepared though is that emergencies can come in so many forms. It may be a health emergency, an accident, vehicular trouble, crime, and even a natural disaster. You can never really prepare for everything.
The best thing then to do is make sure that you have a list of emergency numbers to call. Before going to your vacation destination go on the internet and find the local emergency numbers. Usually there will be national emergency numbers that are easy to dial like 911 for the US. However, when going to other countries research the response time for such numbers. It might be better if you had the number of the local police and hospital. If the numbers aren’t available on the internet you can ask your hotel for the numbers as soon as you get there. Emergency numbers you must always have on your phone and in your purse (in case you run out of battery and need to use a pay phone) are the emergency numbers for:
General Emergencies (like 911)
If going on a different country you should also make sure you have number of your country’s embassy/consulate. You should also make a tag with the numbers of important contact persons in case you get in a accident and can’t make the call yourself. For people with special medical needs always have number (with area codes included) of your primary care doctor on prominent display as well as the name of your condition and a short list of Do’s and Dont’s,