Emergency Resources


Emergency contacts document

When travelling, in your Google drive or drop box account (along with your actual physical copies of important documentation), have a document where it lists all the important contacts back home. Can be an a word document or PDF converted.

This may include:

  • Neighbours details
  • Utility providers
  • Trades people
  • Local emergency services
  • Family friends
  • and more.

Emergency medical card

Also worth having in your physical wallet when travelling is a hardy card which has the vital health statistics (such as if you are asthmatic, diabetic, any allergies.) And also your next of kin details with your home doctors details. If for instance you are unconscious or in a compromised health situation, then medical staff will be able to have crucial treatment information at hand and be able to contact your home doctor to obtain details from your medical file. You can simply prepare this on Microsoft word (using business card template) and then laminate. Doctors recommend this for quick and accurate treatment.

Department of Foreign Affairs Australia and Passport Service – Emergency Overseas Services(Australian passport holders only)

Within Australia: 1300 555 135
Outside Australia: +61 2 6261 3305
SMS: +61 421 269 080

For help services provided by the Australian Government, refer to their ‘help’ page at: http://smartraveller.gov.au/help/

(Emergency Information obtained from the DFAT contact page: http://dfat.gov.au/Pages/contact-us.aspx )

and also for a summary of how and the limitations of consular services provided by the overseas Australian embassies, refer to the ‘consular services’ page at: http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-services/consular-services/Pages/consular-services.aspx

131 232
8am–8pm Monday-Friday
8:30am–5pm Weekends
Closed national public holidays

For overseas Australian Embassies and consulates around the world and also governmental links, refer to the links on the ‘Travel Resources’ page:

Emergency international evacuation

  • Government support for evacuation of citizens in case of natural disaster, war or health.

Smart traveller – Register travel plans – (Australian passport holders only)

No matter where you are travelling to, it’s important to register with your governmental authority (if your government provides such a service. In the case of Australia, you can register via the below link:

Australian department of foreign affairs – https://www.orao.dfat.gov.au/orao/weborao.nsf/Homeform?Openform

If there is an emergency in the country or region you are travelling to, then the government staff will make contact with you (using the details you have provided) to make sure you are safe and in good health. An example is when there was the tsunami in Japan or unrest in the Middle east. Highly recommended for personal safety and also so your family won’t stress.

Global emergency contact numbers

Recently there has been a move to standardise 112 as a global international emergency phone number (in most countries – not all). This is from both mobile phone and landline numbers. Depending on which country you are in this will automatically divert to the local emergency number. Keep this number handy – it could save your life.

The worldwide various phone numbers in use in each nation can be found in detail via the below link:

Emergency Telephone number (Wikipedia) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_telephone_number
Europe emergency numbers – https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/112-your-country
This details the breakdown of essential services numbers and other important information for best contact.

Also if you have a Smartphone, all these details are included in this great app ‘Global emergency numbers’. See Emergency telephone numbers – http://emergencytelephonenumbers.com/


EMERGENCY – Local key services
– Police
– Ambulance
– Fire
– Hospital
– Medical centres

Emergency / Personal Safety – Tools

Airbnb Emergency accomodation (Refer to ‘Accomodation’ tab

Crisis Group International – Interactive crisis map – http://crisisgroup.be/maps/crisiswatch/ and http://www.crisisgroup.org/

Facebook – Safety Check (Facebook crisis page in situations of disaster – If Facebook thinks you are near danger based on your recent checkin lcoations, it will send an alert and then others or yourself can announce you are safe) – https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/ and (about / how to use) https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

Global Disaster alert and coordination system – United nations – http://www.gdacs.org/

Google – Crisis Response Resources (Resources in times of disaster. Includes – Public alerts, Person finder, Crisis Map, Maps engine lite, Docs and Spreadsheets, Fusion Tables, Google Earth http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/resources.html
Google – Public alerts (Current worldwide situations) – http://www.google.org/publicalerts

Google – Crisis Map (Visual Worldwide map of curent warnings, threats and disasters. Change the ‘layers’ to look at different elements.) – http://www.google.org/crisismap/

Humanitarian early warning service – worldwide – http://www.hewsweb.org/hp/

International medical corps – https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/

MedicTag (USB Flash Drive with Medical Information) – http://www.medictag.com/

Mekong river commission – flood alerts – http://ffw.mrcmekong.org/overview.htm
Person Finder – Google – http://google.org/personfinder/global/home.html

Red Cross and red crescent international (International listings) – http://www.icrc.org/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Red_Cross_and_Red_Crescent_Societies

Twitter Emergency Alerts –

*** United Nations – World relief portal (news, maps, and country by country actions) – http://reliefweb.int/
United nations – Humanitarian response – https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/
United nations – International search and rescue group – http://www.insarag.org/

National Emergency Agencies:

Australian Emergency Information – Visual online interactive map of current national emergencies – http://emergencyaus.info/map

Canada – Public Safety – https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx and https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/index-en.aspx
Canada – Royal mounted police – http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/home

United States – Federal emergency Agency – https://www.fema.gov/
United States emergency preparedness – Ready – http://www.ready.org

Emergency Situations


Cyclone / Tornado / Typhoon



Medical virus pandemic


Survival skills

We all wouldn’t want to think about it, but you could end up in a situation of survival – especially if heading into remote areas such as rainforests, deserts, forests and mountain ranges. If your travel is of an adventurous type, then it’s advisable to be proactive and pack along a survival kit, just in case. If you don’t use it, then that’s a bonus- but it’s better to play it safe than sorry.

You’ll find examples of how easily one could get thrown into a survival situation, by looking at the various accounts and re-enactments in the survival shows on the Geographic Channel.

The below links provide good reference on things you should consider to pack if you are going on an adventure holiday and also what to do if you are in a life or death situation. It could save your life!

A useful item which has a multi purposes use is a mirror. Not only can this start a fire but it can also be used to provide reflective light in the case where you want to attract attention. And also it is good to view yourself if you have head injuries or other injuries which you cannot view without the aid of a companion.


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