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VIP Numbers You Need in Your Contacts

Updated on January 6, 2014

Cell phones are a part of our everyday lives. We use them to contact friends and family, and they help us feel safe in case we have an emergency while we are out and about. But what about those non-emergency situations? Do you have all the numbers you need available at your fingertips?

Below are some numbers I've learned to keep on my cell phone and that have been handy to access instantly.

Non-emergency police

We all know to dial 911 in an emergency, but what about those times you need to take to the police, but it's not an emergency? For example, a minor fender-bender in the parking lot. All police stations have non-emergency numbers you can use for incidents like that.

In case of emergency (ICE)

This is a feature available on most cell phones nowadays. It is usually under settings or tools and in your personal information. Emergency personnel use this feature if you are ever in an accident and they need to notify someone of your situation.

Animal control

I don't know about you, but I am the type of person who will go out of my way to pick-up a stray dog. I know it's probably not safe, and if the animal is resistant, I don't force them. However, I do usually have to call animal control, whether to report a dog at large or to report that I've caught a dog and need them to contact the owner (if the dog has tags).

Department of Wildlife

Ok, I know this one seems out of the blue, but living in Colorado, I've had my fair share of run-ins with wildlife. Whether seeing an injured animal or finding a deer caught in fencing, the DOW can help.

Veterinarian

Most of us don't have our vet's number memorized, so having it in your cell phone will save you some stress if something happens to your pet.

Emergency veterinarian

A lot vets don't keep office hours 24-hours a day, and emergency vet hospitals are on the rise. Keep this number handy because you never know when your pet will get injured or ingest something and you need questions answered right away!

Primary care physician

Having your doctor's number on your cell phone is important, especially this time of year (i.e., cold and flu season). When you are feeling sick, the last thing you want to do is search for your doctor's number.

Dentist

Along the lines of your doctor, it is nice to have your dentist's number handy for those untimely chipped teeth or loose cavities.

Auto mechanic

Those unexpected things happen not just to us, but to our cars. If you don't have a preferred mechanic yet, find one and save the number in your cell phone.

Insurance company

If anything major happens with your car, your insurance company will be there to help you. Yes, their number is usually on your insurance card, but if you're in accident, it will be nice to have their number saved right in your phone. And if it is just a tow you need for your car, your insurance agent will be able to lead you in the right direction.

© 2014 Christel

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