Wondering what sort of odd coding appears above? These are the emergency numbers for each of the countries I have visited in the past 5 years. If you’re planning to attend the Olympic games this summer, do you know the emergency numbers in Brazil?
When we were traveling around the world for 11 months, to 30 different countries, we of course tried to be safe wherever we were. We made sure to register with the State Department while traveling, we carried antibiotics with us, we had google translate to help us navigate language issues, and we had two kinds of travel insurance to cover us in case of injury. But we didn’t always know what we would do in case there was an immediate emergency – robbery, fire, accident, theft.
It wasn’t until we were several months into our trip that I realized that each country had a different emergency phone number to call. 911 is burned into our American brains as the emergency number, but do you know what it is in Europe? Now I do: it’s 112. Mostly. But if you’re in Turkey, while the ambulance number is 112, the fire department is 110, and the police number is 155. How on earth are you supposed to remember all that if you’re only there for a week?
Travel App Gives You Vital Information Wherever You Go
Allianz Global Assistance has launched its new TravelSmart Mobile App featuring real-time flight status, a medication dictionary, a translation tool for first aid terms, local emergency numbers for each country, an international hospital search tool, insurance policy management and a click to call hotline. Many of the included tools will work without an internet connection, which is nice in case you don’t have data service on your phone while traveling.
The tool for translating first aid terms is brilliant and essential and I can’t believe we didn’t have such a thing when we were traveling. We were stuck, so to speak, in China, and one of us was suffering from constipation. We went to the pharmacy to find a laxative, using Google translate, drawings, and performance art that I wish I had on camera, but still managed to come back with an anti-diarrheal, which was of course the exact opposite of what we needed. With the TravelSmart Mobile App, basic symptoms can be translated at the touch of a button on the screen.
There’s a medication dictionary, so that you can find local names for the medications you use at home. I wish that the foreign names were included as well for reverse lookup, so if I came across Paracetamol in Australia I could look it up and find out it is the same as Acetaminophen, but perhaps that will be included in a future update. Another handy feature is a place to store photos of your medications and prescriptions for reference on the road.
An international hospital finder allows a quick search for Allianz-approved hospitals nearby. This tool is designed to help when you are on the road and not for advance planning, and it seems to work best with GPS, as the search function did not turn up any results when I searched for “Brazil” and “Rio de Janiero,” but it did show me the closest approved hospitals to my house.
The click to call button is a nice feature, giving Allianz customers immediate access to either medical assistance or customer service from the US or overseas.
For a look at the app in action, check out brand ambassador Lee Abbamonte using the app in this video.
Overall, this is a handy app to have installed when you travel, even if you do not have an Allianz policy in place.
So, the Emergency Numbers in Brazil Are…
And by the way, the emergency numbers in Brazil are 192 for ambulance, 190 for police, and 193 for fire. Let’s hope you don’t have to use them.
Thanks to Allianz for sponsoring this post, providing travel coverage for the unexpected. All Over the Map received financial compensation from Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company).