Emergency Phrases in English


These are English phrases and exclamations for use in emergencies and other difficult situations. Hopefully, you won't need to use them!

Note that in a genuine emergency, you can contact the emergency services in the UK by calling 999; the number to call in the USA and Canada is 911.

Emergency Phrases in English

Asking for help

Help!

Somebody help!

Can anyone help!

Please help me!

Help me!

I’m here.

I need a doctor. Somebody call a doctor!

I need the police. Someone call the police!

I need an ambulance. Someone call an ambulance!

Help! I can't swim!

Warning someone of danger

Look out!/ Watch out!

Be careful!

Fire

Fire!

Can you smell burning?

There’s a fire!

The building’s on fire!

Hurry!

Call/find an ambulance/ the police/ fire brigade!






Crime

Stop, thief!

There’s been a theft/ a burglary/ an accident!

Call the police!

I’ve been mugged/ attacked/ hit/ shot!

I’d like to report a theft/ a stolen briefcase.

My handbag/ wallet/ purse/ laptop/ phone’s been stolen.

Something has been stolen.

My car/house/apartment’s been broken into.



Comforting someone

Calm down!

Don’t worry.

Take it easy!

It’s gonna be fine/ okay/ alright/ good (soon)!

It won’t hurt.

I’ve got a steady hand.

Medical emergencies

Call an ambulance.

I need a doctor.

Take me to the hospital!

There’s been an accident.

Please hurry!

He’s not breathing.

Does anyone know how to do CPR?

(CPR: a life-saving technique used when someone has stopped breathing.)

I’ve cut/ burnt myself.

I’m having trouble breathing.

I can’t ...

breathe

see.

I’m choking.

My eyes are stinging.

I’ve been

hurt

injured.

Are you OK?

Is everyone OK?

I am allergic to _________.

Other difficult situations

I'm lost.

We're lost.

We don’t know where we are.

We’ve forgotten where we are staying.

I’ve forgotten the name of my hotel.

I’ve lost my ...

  • wallet

  • purse

  • camera.

  • I’ve been

  • stuck

  • locked inside.

I can't find my ...

  • keys

  • passport

  • phone.

  • Leave me alone, please!

  • Go away!

I’m ...

  • starving

  • so thirst

  • so tired

  • exhausted.


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