If there’s a life-threatening emergency in your camp, or you experience or encounter an emergency on playa, you have options to get help. First and foremost yell for help! You can try to call 911 on your cell phone if you have reception, or you can try to call the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office directly at 775-273-5111. Don’t stop here.

Ask any person with a radio — this includes the Black Rock Rangers, Emergency Services Department, Bureau of Land Management, and Pershing County Sheriff’s Office — for help. They can get you a medical response, fire or law enforcement, and will likely be much faster than utilizing the 911 system.

Black Rock City has a Nevada-licensed Independent Center for Emergency Care, three fully staffed first aid stations, on-site ground ambulances, fire response, and an aircraft for off-site transports.

If you become a victim of a crime during the event, report it immediately. The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office will respond and investigate. It is imperative you report the crime while on site — at the Law Enforcement trailer on the Esplanade near Rampart or by calling  775-273-5111— it’s extremely difficult to investigate a crime post-event when camps, cars, evidence and witnesses are gone. Insurance agencies typically require a law enforcement report to file claims of theft.