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Emergency phone numbers for vacation travel

June 15, 2009

With summer here, you are probably about to pack your bags, the car and the family for your vacation. And, one other item you need to prepare is your cell phone. You should have the numbers in your directory you may need in case of emergency. Here’s an quick reminder of those important contacts that you may be forgetting.

One of the first numbers to program in your cell phone is your credit card hotline. If you have a stolen or lost card, you need to report it immediately. Next, emergencies on the road. After calling for help, you need to contact your insurance company. Depending on the circumstances, your insurance card may not be readily available. Unless your insurance has other arrangements, select a towing company and put in that number. It can save time if you may be stranded.

Before you find yourself locked out of your car or home, do some research and put in the number of a reliable locksmith. Next up – health insurance. The number is probably on the back of your card; and can be an easy, quick way to call if the number is already programmed. Speaking of health, your doctor’s number should be in your directory. This will come in handy when out of town and you need information.

Do you travel a lot? Go ahead and program the number of your travel agent or airline that you use. Need a business number and don’t want to call 411 and pay? Try, 1-800-GOOG-411 and get the number free. Again, for business only.

You may want to have a co-worker’s number in your phone, just in case. And, add your own home and work phone numbers, so if you lose your cell phone. Hopefully some honest person will call you and return!

Top ten numbers you might need:

1. Credit card hotline
2. Car insurance company
3. Towing company
4. Reliable locksmith
5. Health insurance company
6. Your doctor
7. Airline – If you travel a lot
8. For business number info – 1-800-GOOG-411
9. Co-worker’s number
10. Your own numbers

Here is another one for you. Microsoft recently launched a new search engine called Bing. It offers a service similar to GOOG-411 with even more features, including driving directions. To reach it, just dial 1-800-BING-411. It is a free service!



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