When is it appropriate to call 911?

Can you call 911 if it’s not an emergency?

Calling 911 for any purpose other than to report a true emergency could result in criminal penalties. Each state has different punishments for 911 misuse, but in the worst cases, abuse can lead to jail time and stiff fines.

When should you call 911 when not calling?

911 is to be used for emergencies only. An emergency is any serious medical problem (chest pain, seizure, bleeding), any type of fire (business, car, building), any life-threatening situation (fights, person with weapons, etc.) or to report crimes in progress. Do not dial 911 for a non-emergency.

What do you call when it’s not an emergency?

your local agency numbers for non-emergency matters. … Using 311 or other non-emergency numbers that are provided by your city or county frees up resources for real emergencies and may get you to the right department faster than calling 911.

What is considered a non-emergency call?

A “Non-Emergency” call is simply a request for the service of Law Enforcement, Fire, or EMS personnel that is not a life or death situation.

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What qualifies as a 911 emergency?

9‑1‑1 is for police, fire or medical emergencies when immediate action is required: someone’s health, safety or property is in jeopardy or a crime is in progress. Please use 9‑1‑1 responsibly. Our call takers can’t provide information on the weather, power outages or municipal services.

For which of the following situations should you call 911 or the local emergency number?

911 should be used for reporting fire, medical or police emergencies only. If the situation presents an immediate threat to you or someone else’s life or property, call 911 immediately!

What does calling 311 do?

311 is a non-emergency phone number that people can call in many cities to find information about services, make complaints, or report problems like graffiti or road damage. Even in cities where a different phone number is used, 311 is the generally recognized moniker for non-emergency phone systems.

What is the non-emergency number used for?

Your local non-emergency number should be used when immediate dispatch of the police IS NOT required, because some time has elapsed since the incident occurred, the suspect is no longer at the scene of the crime, or if you are calling about a nuisance issue (e.g. graffiti).

How do you call the police without 911?

If you wish to report a crime by means other than a 911 call, you can contact your local police station directly. Call the non-emergency line of your local police department. All police departments maintain a non-emergency phone line.