Here in the United Kingdom we have emergency numbers for different situations. Below is a list of important emergency contact numbers, should you need to contact them:

999 - The main emergency number

This is the emergency number for police, ambulance, fire brigade, coastguard, cliff rescue, mountain rescue, cave rescue, etc. Note the important word ‘EMERGENCY’.

This number should be used only when urgent attendance by the emergency services is required – for example someone is seriously ill or injured, or a crime is in progress.

101 – The non-emergency number for the police

Use 101 when you want to contact the police, but it’s not an emergency – i.e. an immediate response is not necessary and/or will not be serve any purpose.

For example, your car has been stolen, your property has been damaged, your home has been broken into.

111 - NHS

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. You can ask for a translator if you need one.

112 - Coastguard

If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble, you should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. 

If you are inland and see someone in difficulty on the water, be it on a river or a lake, you should ask for Fire and Rescue when you call for help.

What 3 Words

If you need to provide your specific location in the case of an emergency, What3Words can help you with this. Learn more and download the app here.

0800 138 0990 - Mental Health Advice & Support Line

The Mental Health Advice and Support Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone in in the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area who requires information, advice and support with their mental health.

You can also contact this line if you are worried about family or friends who may be struggling with their mental health.

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