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What happens when I dial 999 in the States?

Let's say I'm in the USA and I dial the UK emergency number (999), or I'm in the UK and I dial the US emergency number (911) or the European number (112). What happens? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jun 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Where can I buy women's size 5 hiking boots in LA today?

Help! Where can I buy women's size 5 hiking boots in Los Angeles today? For some reason it's really hard to find shoes in my size, let alone shoes that are reasonably priced and for a specific purpose without ordering them online. Unfortunately, the window for ordering online has passed. Walking shoes will do as long as my size is in stock. Where can I go shopping tonight or tomorrow night and know they'll have something in my size? Small size shoe wearers, WHERE DO YOU SHOP? (As always, cheaper is better)
posted by Space Kitty on May 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Post-lithotripsy pain in the legs, several days after procedure?

Have you ever had a lithotripsy? I got one (torso) on Monday for kidney stones, and while things seemed fine for the 48 hours following the procedure, starting yesterday afternoon I've been experiencing intense, radiating pain in my upper legs and hips. Enough that I can't sleep, even with hydromorphone painkillers. I've left a detailed message at the urologist's, but while I wait to hear back, I'm wondering if this is something in the realm of "normal" or "super weird" or even "Emergency room stat". This is Quebec, so I'm not incredibly optimistic about the doctor getting back to me promptly, either. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 6, 2014 - 11 answers

You remind me of the babe.

Or what do I have to look for on a portable generator to recharge my camera and tablet. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Feb 11, 2014 - 11 answers

cat in tree freezing

We moved yesterday. Our indoor cat hasn't used her litter or food all day. There is something cat-shaped with glowing eyes in a tree in our backyard about 30 ft up. It is below freezing (Arlington MA). What do we do? The local fire department says they don't do cats. I've been on hold with the emergency line for Angell Memorial for 5 min.
posted by nonane on Jan 31, 2014 - 37 answers

Do I need to produce original documents at hospital?

My same-sex partner and I have executed health care powers of attorney and related documents. Rather than bringing a bulky envelope with the original documents every time we travel, I'd like to scan and upload the documents so that, in an emergency, I can access them on my phone or via email and show/email them to the hospital staff. Is that likely to be a problem? Do hospitals require original documents or certified copies, with the raised seal and all that jazz? Or are digital/scanned copies sufficient? Has anyone been in a situation where they had to produce such documents in an emergency situation and photocopies were not honored?
posted by southern_sky on Jan 7, 2014 - 8 answers

How to prepare for disaster without going all Doomsday Preppers

I think it's not too tin-foil-hatty to say that we're getting more extreme weather because of climate change. Let's say you're city dwelling DINKs with a cat and you want to kit out one of those under bed storage boxes with supplies (food? candles? batteries? whiskey? tiny cat hard hat? I really have no idea) in case of extreme weather. What would you include? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Dec 31, 2013 - 33 answers

Open in case of very small emergency.

I'm assembling a bag of useful things that I will keep in the trunk my car. What goes in it? Think less "zombie apocalypse" more "raining, forgot umbrella." [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Dec 22, 2013 - 49 answers

Is it irresponsible for me to keep my cell phone on 'silent' at night?

Here's the thing: I don't have a land-line. Over Thanksgiving, my mother got upset at the thought that she couldn't reach me late at night if there were some kind of emergency - the dreaded "3 am phone call." I understand her worry, but I'm feeling very resistant to the idea of keeping the phone on at night. In part, this because I know that most of the calls I'll get will just be annoying and unwanted (I have a fairly severe telemarketing issue) but I think there is also a kind of psychological resistance. I'm a slave to my phone already for all these hours of the day, and it feels good to know it won't be bothering me while I'm sleeping. I'm reluctant to give that up. Can you help me sort through these issues? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Dec 2, 2013 - 78 answers

Chocolate frosting emergency!

I am making a birthday cake to serve to a bunch of kids, and I just did the first stage of the frosting recipe: I melted 125 grams of chocolate with 75 grams of unsalted butter. Then I realized the next step involves raw eggs, which I'd rather not use in a recipe for young children. (Especially because it will probably sit out for a while before serving.) But I hate to waste the chocolate and butter. Without using raw eggs, what can I do to transform this melted butter/chocolate mixture into a delicious chocolate frosting? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Nov 21, 2013 - 19 answers

How can a cancer patient get free emergency dental care in Ottawa?

I am grinding my teeth at night and they are breaking. I have no income, benefits, insurance or money. I need help quite quickly. [more inside]
posted by One Hand Slowclapping on Nov 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Wisdom tooth gum go ow.

Dental pain in Montreal/Outremont- There's something seriously inflamed about my wisdom tooth. How much will this cost and how can I get rapid care to make the pain stop? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Sep 13, 2013 - 15 answers

This is Our Emergency

How to create a comprehensive and effective emergency plan? (NYC Edition) [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus on Jul 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Best prepaid cell phone option for emergencies-only phone?

What's the best prepaid cell phone option for an emergencies-only phone? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Emergency 101

My very awesome and super feisty elderly neighbor apparently fell down our building's stairs today just as I was getting home and when I got to her she was 100% conscious but bleeding profusely from a wound on her head. Another neighbor had already called for the paramedics and as I was walking up they arrived. The wound was assessed and it was decided that she needed to go directly to the ER. What could/should I have done to make sure she had what she needed and that her rights were being respected? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on May 27, 2013 - 32 answers

Should I go to the ER? Calf pain after travel but with snowflake!

I flew to Seattle for a couple of days. I climbed a lot of stairs. My calf hurts. Do I need to go to the ER? Doctors' advice in particular appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Mar 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Moving Emergency in Montreal

I need to move today. Last week I found a mover on Kijiji. Confirming about 11 pm last night, we found out that he didn't have a vehicle. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Jan 31, 2013 - 12 answers

Emergency SMS notifications to staff

Can you recommend a service that will let me broadcast SMS notifications to all staff in an emergency? I am assuming it would be an SMS marketing service, but if there are other options I'd love to hear them. The main feature I need is that it is easy and fast to send out a notification in an emergency. [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie on Jan 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Dog ate Toll House Cookie dough...what now?

Are raw Toll House cookies deadly to a puppy? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Jan 25, 2013 - 46 answers

Is it madness to get a dog without owning a car first?

We do not own a car. We're thinking about getting a dog. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Jan 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Help, I've fallen, and I can't share my geocoordinates!

I'm in search of a personal medical alert product for my middle-aged mother and somewhat overwhelmed by the volume of incomplete solutions, vague descriptions, sketchy resellers, and keyword hoarding. Help me be the best geriatric technologist this side of sixty! [more inside]
posted by nominal on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

How to be compassionate in an emergency

My partner's mother is on death's door and I'm struggling to find the words to be supportive as I should without being vapid and trite. He's making difficult decisions about life support against his mother's wishes, etc. An illness of my own has me bedridden and unable to be at his side. Any advice on what to say/what not to say to comfort/console/support him given the circumstances would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
posted by blue t-shirt on Jan 18, 2013 - 14 answers

I have an emergency radio... now what?

I have an AM/FM/shortwave emergency radio... now what? How do I best use it during an impending or in-progress emergency situation? I know how to tune to my local AM emergency station, but beyond that I'm lost. Please share your resources and experience. Bonus: what fun stuff can I do with it right now that I can't do with a regular AM/FM radio?
posted by rhiannonstone on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Cool disaster gadgets

Building the best emergency kit -- gadget time! [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Nov 24, 2012 - 25 answers

I think I would look good in waders.

I realized during Sandy that 1) we don't own any sort of radio; 2) I don't have a UPS for my desktop Mac; and 3) there are surely other things/tools/resources we probably should buy now to prepare for the next big storm. Can you make any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 1, 2012 - 48 answers

Feline Emergency

Neighbor's dogs just attacked my kitten. What? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Sep 14, 2012 - 45 answers

When the Big One Hits

Best way to store contacts online for a headcount during a natural disaster? [more inside]
posted by Lettuce_Leaves on Aug 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Who decides when to call the Life Flight?

I am unconscious, I've been in a terrible accident and I am in a rural area in the United States. Who decides whether I should be flown to the nearest city or taken to the local rural hospital that may not be equipped to handle my emergency? [more inside]
posted by cda on Aug 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Family Leave Act - Illinois - how much notice?

How much notice would a person have to provide their employer (large hospital but she works in a smaller satellite medical office of less than 50 employees)in order to qualify for emergency medical leave? [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Get a Canadian a Passport in Chicago

My friend, a Canadian citizen, is visiting me here in Chicago. First day here, she had her messenger bag with her passport (and all her cash, and her laptop) stolen. Where the hell do we go from here? How do you get a Canadian with no ID a Canadian passport? How does she board her flight in a few days? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Shotgun of emergency international travel questions

A dear family member suddenly passed in Italy. I live in the Mid-Atlantic USA. I really need to travel to Italy on very short notice for the funeral. I am not a frequent air traveler to begin with, but have never been abroad in my life (though I do have a passport). I have no idea how this works. I want to know anything I should know about getting to and from my destination (e.g., negotiating customs). I also want to know how bereavement fares work, whether I should bother trying to get one, who people have had good experiences with, etc. [more inside]
posted by Keter on Apr 25, 2012 - 35 answers

Help! My arts organization lost its key funding

I'm on the board of an arts organization that is in a funding emergency. I'm looking for suggestions of ways to raise money for our organization in a hurry - we've lost funding we were counting on and will lose our paid staff if we can't come up with some answers in a hurry. Why anon? Going public with the degree we're in trouble may make things worse. Details: we're a convening/connecting organization that facilitates other arts organizations and individual artists/musicians/creatives activities. We do some programming and help other organizations and individuals develop their programming and artistic careers. Most organizations like us are funded by supporting organizations and or a small percentage tax but we weren't set up that way and all arts organizations in our region - shoot the whole country - are struggling. Throwaway email: arts.org61@ymail.com [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Long periods of boredom punctuated by brief periods of PRINT NOW!

Need a recommendation for a wireless monochrome laser printer that absolutely, positively will print when it receives a print job without any human attention. It also needs to be happy living in a garage. [more inside]
posted by de void on Mar 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Rescue Me (Ma)

Can anyone offer me recommendations, guidance or personal experiences in choosing a "Rescue Alert"-like service? TL;DR inside. (I will never, ever use the term "snowflake" that way.) [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Feb 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Fry me a river

Electronics emergency! I have to install a panel tomorrow that I wired up with the AN6884 IC, it was working fine, but then I stupidly and hastily used an AC adapter without testing the polarity.... [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jan 22, 2012 - 6 answers

What can cause knee stiffness and pain in less than a week without any distinct injury? And when is this an emergency?

What can cause knee stiffness and pain in less than a week without any distinct injury? And when is this an emergency? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Jan 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Help for someone helpless

Looking for emergency shelter for a pregnant woman first thing tomorrow morning. We're in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Jan 9, 2012 - 21 answers

The hospital where I was born is trying to screw me.

We live in California. My wife had to go to the ER in my Virginia hometown last year. She gave them her insurance info. Four months later, they sent an enormous bill for a small amount of care. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

What happens to children when a solo parent has an emergency?

What if you are alone with small children and you must call 911 for a serious injury to you (the carer)? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jan 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Where can I move a nerdy afternoon party at short notice?

Emergency alternate boardgame location in Brooklyn (Park Slope area)? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jan 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Need a little relief

Seeking ideas for the types of professional & social resources or services (organizations, agencies, providers, etc.) that would be included on a list of potential referrals to help people across the social spectrum deal with various forms of trauma, catastrophes & highly stressful situations. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Dec 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Cat can't a go go

I'm pretty sure my female cat has a urinary tract infection -- she's dragging her butt, licking herself all the time, going to the litter box a lot, etc. I'm going to take her to the vet, but I'm having trouble finding one that's open on Sundays. Is it okay for this to wait until Monday or should I go to an emergency animal hospital?
posted by The Lamplighter on Oct 15, 2011 - 16 answers

I thought this was a developed country

Bedbugs! I'm staying with a friend and just found out that she might have them. I've already stayed two nights. Should I stay a third? Should I put all my stuff in the heaters, even if it will get damaged? Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 18, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I best make sense in buying a car?

My current vehicle is in it's death throes. This is my first time buying a car. How can I minimize my debt load and ensure I am making intelligent decisions throughout the purchase? I'm in America... [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Aug 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Our dentist was no help, now what?

How do you find emergency dental help on a Saturday (in Dallas)? [more inside]
posted by Terriniski on Aug 20, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I get my friend to follow her doctors orders and check in with me everyday?

My friend--who is in her late 60s--just received doctor's orders that she should be checking in with someone, or someone should be checking in with her, every day. The problem is that she refuses to do so. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Aug 19, 2011 - 21 answers

How much to worry?

Burning hunk filter: How long can you let salt dough sit in an oven at 200 degrees before it burns or becomes a problem? Do we need to wake people up or call 911? Or can it stay in until morning? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Our long-term NYC hotel just canceled on us

We're moving to New York City in 8 days. Our extended-stay hotel, where we made a reservation weeks ago, just told us they won't be open by then. What do we do now? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Apr 19, 2011 - 30 answers

Emergency Japanese water bags?

Japanese emergency water bags as seen here: does anybody know where I could get something pretty similar and/or what exactly they are called? [more inside]
posted by benk on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Lack of oxygen when still breathing

Can a heart arrhythmia cause brain damage even if you're still breathing? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Feb 26, 2011 - 10 answers

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