Phrases for emergencies

An emergency is an unexpected situation requiring immediate action. Here are some phrases that you can use in emergencies and difficult situations.

If you are in a genuine emergency, you must call the emergency services.

Phrases useful in an emergency

Help me!
Please help me!
Help me. I’m drowning.
Help me. I can’t swim.


To tell someone that you are in danger, shout Look out! or say Be careful!

Be careful on those steps. They are wet and slippery.
Watch out! That tree is falling.
Look out! We’re going to crash.
Be careful! It’s stormy outside.
Be careful! The vessel is too hot.

Medical emergencies

Here are some phrases that you can use in a medical emergency.

Call an ambulance!
Call the doctor!
I want to see a doctor.
I need a doctor. I’m dying.
I think I’m having a heart attack. Please call the doctor.
I’ve cut myself. / I’ve injured myself.
I’ve broken my leg / arm.
I hit my head against the wall. Now I’m feeling a little faint.
I’ve burnt myself.
I feel dizzy. / I’m feeling dizzy.


The simple and continuous forms of feel can both be used to talk about feelings that are going on at a particular moment. There is no difference of meaning.

I feel fine. = I’m feeling fine.

Sympathetic responses

Here are some phrases / sentences that you can use to comfort a person experiencing a medical condition.

Are you OK?
Don’t worry. We’re taking you to the doctor.
Don’t worry. You’re alright.
Take this tablet. It will relieve the pain / discomfort.
It’s nothing serious. Don’t worry.