In Case of Emergency: Call 911

Call 911 if someone is experiencing a life-threatening situation:

  • Not Breathing
  • Is Unconscious
  • Is Bleeding Profusely
  • Is Seizing/Convulsing

Families with children with developmental, chronic medical or mental health needs should contact their Local Police/EMS to prepare an emergency services & response plan for their family's needs. 

When to Call 911 or 988

Call 911
If there is a fire, a crime, or someone is in immediate danger.

Call 911
If someone is having a medical emergency, has already hurt themselves or could hurt others.

Call 988
If someone is having suicidal thoughts, is experiencing a mental health crises or a substance use crises. 988 is available for everyone, is free and confidential.

When to Text 911 or 988

Text 911
Calling 911 is preferred.  Texting 911 is available if calling is not a safe option.

"Call if you can ...Text if you can't"

Text 988
Calling 988, Texting 988 and using Chat 988 are all available 24/7.

CPR, First Aid and AED Training

American Red Cross
American Heart Association

State Services & Resources

Family Violence
Substance Abuse
Child Abuse and Neglect 

NJ Poison Helps (NJ Poison Control) 

NJ COVID-19 Information for Families
NJ COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for Youth

Perinatal Mood Disorders & Postpartum Depression 
Safe Haven (Anonymous Drop-off for Unwanted Infants)

Crises/Screening Centers (DHS Division of Mental Health Services)
Crises Response Services for Children with Behavioral Health Needs

Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (Assistance with Extraordinary Medical Bills) 

Register Ready: Emergency Response Registry for Families with Children with Special Needs

Department of Health: Office of Emergency Medical Services
Department of Health: Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response

Department of Health: Communicable Disease Service & Public Health Updates
Department of Health: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance, Information and Call Center

Office of Emergency Management: Planning & Preparation for Families 
Office of Emergency Management: Planning & Preparation for Schools and Day Care

NJ Parent Link Weather & Community Central: Emergency Preparedness, Readiness & Response 

Federal Resources

Poison Help  
Coping with Stress 

Food & Water Safety
Power Outages: Safety & Preparation
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather
Environmental Risks to Infant & Children's Health

Disaster Planning & Safety for Expectant & New Parents
Caring for Children During a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Safety Messages For Pregnant, Postpartum & Breastfeeding Women During Disasters

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance, Information & Resources
CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) In the News/Current Health Issues

Community Resources

NJ Local Public Health Departments
NJ 211 (Access to Community/General Resources)

American Red Cross: Finding Assistance 
American Red Cross: Recovering After a Disaster or Emergency  

Save the Children: Emergency Response 
Save the Children: Emergency & Disaster Preparation for Children  

Save the Children: Coronavirus Outbreak (Focus and Facts on Children) 
Save the Children: Child Health, Safety & Development Risks during a Health Crisis

National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about Crises Events (American Academy of Pediatrics): Helping Children Cope After a Disaster (American Academy of Pediatrics): COVID-19 Information & Guidance for Parents

National PTA: School Violence and Traumatic Events 
American Psychological Association: Helping Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

La Leche League International: Breastfeeding During Emergencies

Professional Resources

The New Jersey Center for School Safety 
NJLINCS (New Jersey's Health Alert/Health Services Portal) 

Public Health Emergency: Public Health & Medical Emergency Support
(US DHHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response)