Davis is a good town. Some call it a bubble. But bad things can happen.

Calling 911

When to call 911

911 should be reserved for the most dire of medical emergencies, but when in doubt, call anyway.

Health conditions warranting calling 911 include (but are not limited to):

  • Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction causing inability to breathe)
  • Heart attack / Chest pain
  • Coma (unresponsive victim)
  • Drug overdose or poisoning (including alcohol, or if you are unsure whether the ingested material is poisonous)
  • Heat stroke
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Stroke (including heat stroke)
  • Sudden blindness
  • Uncontrolled bleeding (including nosebleed)
  • Heavy bleeding accompanied by weakness
  • Vomiting blood
  • Serious Burns, especially ones where the victim feels no pain at burn site
  • Broken bones visible through an open wound
  • Drowning

Other situations warranting calling 911:

  • Witnessing or starting an uncontrolled fire
  • Witnessing or being involved in a traffic or industrial accident
  • Having homicidal or suicidal feelings
  • Witnessing a burglary, theft, or other "suspicious activities"
  • Witnessing domestic violence or child abuse

When NOT to Call 911

Sources of information during a city-wide emergency

General sources of emergency information

  • http://cityofdavis.org/emergency-information/ City of Davis emergency links]
  • Phone books also contain emergency information in the first few pages, and can be invaluable when power outages render the DavisWiki inaccessible.

Individual Agencies Contact Information

Cell phone calls to 911 will not be sent to local agencies. These are the emergency numbers.



Medical (human)

Medical (other animals)



Past Town Wide Emergencies

The January 5th 2008 Storm resulted in an extended power outage.

2008 Informational Mailing

Shelter info

Anybody know where local shelters are (in case of a disaster that destroys or makes many homes temporarily unavailable)? Specifically, it might be a good idea to note if the emergency shelter plan will allow animals. That way pet owners can make backup plans if the local shelters are not going to be allowing non-service animals (or also note local groups that have advanced plans to offer emergency shelter).

  • According to http://www.city.davis.ca.us/emergency/, there was a shelter set up at the Teen Center at Third and B. This information has since been removed, and I do not know if that is the usual or only location, or the status of animals.
    • My understanding of RedCross shelters is that they will set up animal shelters when they set up multiple shelters in extreme emergencies. But, they can not allow animals into every shelter and they're only allowed into specifically designated ones (primarily to deal with aleregy issues that some people experience). (someone with more knowledge may speak up hopefully) — WesHardaker
    • According to Monday's Enterprise, people would usually have been instructed to seek shelter at the Veterans Memorial Center or the Davis Senior Center. Unfortunately both places lost electricity, so a shelter was opened at Third and B. I don't know about animal policies. —CovertProfessor