Davis is a good town. Some call it a bubble. But bad things can happen.
- Calling from a land line is preferable to calling from a cell phone, since the emergency responder can more easily assess your location
- Contact Davis 911 directly from a cell phone by calling 530-756-3400 or 530-758-3600
- Calling 911 from a cell phone on the UC Davis campus will connect you directly to the UC Davis Police Department.
- You can also call 911 from a VOIP (internet) phone if the system administrator has it setup properly. For more technical information visit http://www.whichvoip.com/e911.htm or for consumer information read the FCC guide http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/voip911.pdf.
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
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
- For pet emergencies (911 is for humans only): instead, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has emergency services 24/7
- To report broken pipes, fire hydrants, a power outage, etc.: instead, report information to city services
- As a prank: instead, go doorbell-ditching
- For fashion emergencies
- To get traffic information
Sources of information during a city-wide emergency
- Use Nixle to receive important City announcements at your email and/or phone.
- Emergency Radio available at 1300 AM
- City of Davis notification tools
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 (other animals)
- Emergency Psychological Services
- Community Emergency Response Team
- Yolo County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
- Yolo County Red Cross
Past Town Wide Emergencies
2008 Informational Mailing
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