In this day and age, you can get a phone number for pretty much any scenario at the click of a button. A quick search and you’ve got a whole host of contacts at your fingertips for pretty much any need or want.
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But in today’s busy world, taking a little extra time to ensure that you’ve got important contacts saved and ready to go in your phone can make a huge difference for those times of need, when you really need to be seen for a medical emergency or any other type of pressing scenario. Why waste time searching through various Google results when you could have an already-vetted professional saved in your contact list?
Below, we’ve listed a few of those professionals whose numbers you should have on the ready to ensure that you’re prepared for a crisis, emergency, or other important situation.
You never know when you might suddenly be in need of an emergency dentist. You might crack a tooth while out to lunch, or wisdom teeth pain, or an abscess might start ramping up on a random Saturday night, while your normal dentist is closed. Perhaps your partner or child has a sudden dental emergency. Whatever the reason, calling an emergency dentist for those pressing needs is a good idea. Researching an emergency dental center in your area and having their number on hand can really save you time and effort when you’re in pain or trying to act quickly.
Even if you have regular daycare or after school care for your child, having an emergency contact on hand for the times in which those places are closed/unable to care for your child, is a handy and necessary thing for any parent. Whether your emergency care person is a family member, friend, or hired professional is up to you, but it’s a good idea to have at least two emergency caregivers that you can call when things are dire – a third is even better.
And why not be that emergency care person for someone else? You can “trade” off as emergency contacts for friends with kids, ensuring that everybody’s needs are met.
Even those with primary care physicians or a regular doctor/pediatrician can occasionally find themselves without a doctor on hand in an emergency. Perhaps your normal doc is on vacation, is ill, has a load of too many patients, or you’re in between providers. The uninsured may also have trouble finding a regular doctor.
For this reason, having an emergency doctor or urgent care facility in your speed dial is a good idea. If you find yourself suddenly ill or injured and are in need of immediate care, these facilities can attend to your medical needs, often very quickly and affordably. Many people use urgent care as a go-to when their own doctors are inaccessible.
Here’s hoping you never need one, but having a lawyer you can contact in the case of an unexpected legal matter at work or school, or in the case of an unexpected lawsuit, can really come in handy. That isn’t to say you must have one on retainer – that’s usually something big businesses and the very wealthy do – but knowing someone who is legally trained and can help when called in is always a good idea for any adult.
These four emergency contacts should always be in your phone, at the ready for whenever the unexpected hits.