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What is the difference between a crisis and an emergency?

A crisis is a time of intense difficulty, distress or trouble. A crisis can be personal, a family crisis, or related to some other event in your life. If the COVID-19 pandemic has put you in crisis, please call 701-223-1510 and speak with a trained crisis counselor.

An emergency is a situation that requires immediate attention. If someone is at immediate risk of hurting them self or someone else or is in immediate danger because of a health condition or other situation: Call 911 immediately.

If you need to talk to someone

If the statewide Project Renew hotline (701-223-1510) is unavailable, there are free national resources available if you are in crisis. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911:

If you feel unsafe

  • If you are experiencing partner abuse there are people standing by to help, especially during this public health crisis. If you can, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 help. If you can’t call visit thehotline.org to learn how to create a safety plan or get immediate help through the 24/7 “Chat Now” feature. Protecting children from abuse and neglect
  • If you are worried about the health or safety of a child, please call the Human Service Zone where the child is physically present to file a report. Contact information for Human Service Zone offices.
  • If you are being hurt, know someone who might be hurting, or are afraid you might hurt another, call or text the 24/7 Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.

Protecting children from abuse and neglect

  • If you are worried about the health or safety of a child, please call the Human Service Zone where the child is physically present to file a report. Contact information for Human Service Zone offices.
  • If you are being hurt, know someone who might be hurting, or are afraid you might hurt another, call or text the 24/7 Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.