Calling 911

Calling 911

Nine-one-one is only to be used ONLY in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police/sheriff, the fire department or an ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 9-1-1. It’s better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance.

Examples of When to Call 9-1-1:
    Medical Emergencies
    Heart attack or stroke
    House fire
    Domestic violence
    Burglary or theft in progress
    Car accident with life threatening injuries
    Suspicious activities
    Anything else that seems like an emergency!
Do not call 9-1-1
    for information
    when the power is out
    to report a broken fire hydrant
    when your water pipes burst
    to get a ride for doctor’s appointment
    for paying tickets
    for your pet
    as a prank

Never Prank Call 9-1-1
It’s a prank call when someone calls 9-1-1 for a joke, or calls 9-1-1 and hangs up. If 9-1-1 lines or call takers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. In most places, it’s against the law to make prank 9-1-1 calls.