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5 Things You Should Know About Crisis Assist

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From severe weather to natural disasters, read how OnStar Crisis Assist is ready to help you and your loved ones 24/7 throughout the year.

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If you’re affected by a disaster or other crisis and need help, the last thing you want is to be alone. OnStar Advisors are ready to help 24/7

In the last decade, the U.S. has experienced an increasing number of natural disasters. In 2019, there were 14 separate billion-dollar disasters, including three major inland floods, wildfires in California and Alaska, eight severe storms, and Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Storm Imelda. So far in 2020, the country has experienced even more devastating disasters, including record-setting wildfires on the West Coast, flooding in the Gulf states and on the East Coast due to multiple tropical storms, and unexpected events like a damaging derecho in Iowa and hailstorms in Texas.

With those recent events, plus a 2020 Atlantic hurricane season that is forecast to be “extremely active,” it’s worth taking steps now to make sure you and your family can be prepared for the worst. Crisis Assist*16a is a service that provides you with critical assistance during severe weather, natural disasters and other crises. It includes:

Whether you need emergency assistance or to connect with a loved one to let them know you’re all right, OnStar*1a is just a button-push away. Below are five things you should know about OnStar Crisis Assist.

OnStar Advisors can do more than you think

OnStar Advisors can act as your central point of contact during a crisis. Whether you need routing assistance due to the conditions or are looking for an available hotel room or the nearest shelter, Advisors are ready to assist. Just push the blue OnStar button and tell the Advisor what you need. We will do what we can to help, including helping you stay in touch with your loved ones throughout the crisis.

Just push the red Emergency button to get help

If you need police, fire or an ambulance, just push the red Emergency button.*16a You’ll be connected with an Emergency-Certified Advisor who can provide critical medical direction until First Responders arrive.

Bring OnStar with you on the go

Even if you’re not in your vehicle, you can access key OnStar safety services with the new OnStar Guardian™ app. The app*82 includes Mobile Crash Response,*83 which is designed to use your smartphone’s sensors to detect a crash and alert an Emergency-Certified Advisor, as well as Roadside Assistance*86 if the unexpected happens. Plus, if your family members become separated during a crisis, you can view and share locations on a map using Location Status.*85

Crisis Assist can help in unexpected situations

Whether you’re at home or on the road, you can rely on OnStar to help in severe weather such as flash floods and winter storms. But OnStar is also there in disasters such as:

  • Natural Resource/Man-Made Disasters: Energy/power outages, hazardous material situations or terrorist activity
  • Natural Disasters: Earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, tsunamis, wildfires or volcanic eruptions

The OnStar Command Center is always on alert

OnStar has a central Command Center that monitors severe weather and disaster situations 24/7. In times of disaster, you might not have access to information you need. Our Command Center team works to stay on top of events as they unfold and gather critical information, which may include instructions from your local authorities. You can also check out our hurricane preparedness tips for more information.

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The Assistance You Want in an Emergency


In the event of severe weather, a natural disaster or other crisis, OnStar Advisors can provide critical assistance, helping Members find their way to safety and stay in contact with loved ones.

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