When should I call 911?

Nine-one-one is only to be used 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 911. It's better to be safe and let the 911 call taker determine if you need emergency assistance.


If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up. Tell the call taker what happened so they know there really isn't an emergency.

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1. What is enhanced 911?
2. Where does 911 get funding from?
3. When should I call 911?
4. What if I want to test my 911 service or show my child how to use 911?
5. 911 caller doesn't speak English?
6. What if a 911 caller is deaf, or hearing / speech impaired?
7. What happens when I dial 911 from my cell phone?