Emergencies and Disasters

French vocabulary for emergencies
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Urgences et désastres

While this isn’t the most cheerful of French vocabulary lists, it’s an important one. Learn how to talk about any kind of personal or public emergency that you’ll hopefully never encounter.

Shouting Les cris
Help! Au secours !
Emergency! Urgence !
Fire! Au feu !
Thief! Au voleur !
Watch out! Attention !
   
accident un accident
attack une attaque, un attentat
attempt une tentative
bomb une bombe
crash une collision
epidemic une épidémie
explosion une explosion
fire un feu
flood une inondation
gunshot un coup de feu
pandemic une pandémie
quarantine line un cordon sanitaire
riot une émeute
terrorist attack un attentat (terroriste)
   
firefighter un pompier
lawyer un avocat, une avocate
police officer un policier, un gendarme
   
to airlift hélitreuiller
to be drowning se noyer
to be in labor être en travail
to be lost être égaré
to be wounded être blessé(e)
to break one’s arm, leg … se casser le bras, la jambe
to call appeler
to need … avoir besoin
an ambulance  d’une ambulance
  a doctor  d’un médecin
help  d’aide
 water  d’eau
 sugar  de sucre
to wait attendre, patienter
   
immediately  immédiatement
   
force majeure un cas de force majeure
in case of emergency en cas d’urgence
to declare a state of emergency déclarer l’état d’urgence

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