Question: Can 911 answer questions?

Is it okay to call 911 to ask a question?

In California, calling 911 with the intent to annoy or harass an individual—such as calling 911 claiming a neighbor’s house is on fire when it isn’t—may lead to fines of up to $1,000, six months in jail, or both. To repeatedly call 911 in California for non-emergency reasons can lead to fines as high as $200 per call.

Does 911 ever not answer?

According to the National Emergency Number Association, a trade association for the 911 industry, 90 percent of calls are answered within 10 seconds and 95 percent within 20 seconds. But, depending on the location, these stats can be skewed.

What happens if you call 911 and cant talk?

But what happens if a 911 dispatcher hears nothing but silence? … Still, because some silent calls are true emergencies, 911 dispatchers are trained to follow silent call protocols. That means immediately sending a police officer to the call location—if the caller used a landline.

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How do 911 operators answer the phone?

When you call 911, a call-taker will answer the phone and say “911” or “911, what’s your emergency?”. Ideally, you should tell the call-taker what the emergency is, for example: “My house is on fire!” “There’s someone breaking into my home!”

Can you call the police just to ask a question?

Even without any reason to suspect that you’ve done anything wrong, a police officer can approach you to ask questions and ask to search you or your objects (such as a purse or briefcase).

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.

What happens if you accidentally call 911 and hang up right away?

If you accidentally dialed 911, do not hang up, explain to the dispatcher that you called by mistake. If you hang up, the dispatcher will call you back. By not answering that call, the dispatcher will send police to your home.

Can 911 track your phone?

Yet, when an emergency arises, most cell phone owners aren’t aware that even though your phone has GPS, 911 operators are often unable to determine the exact location of your call, even when inside your own home.

How do you call an ambulance without calling 911?

DO NOT CALL 911 FOR NON-EMERGENCY transportation, use taxi cabs or call a PRIVATE AMBULANCE listed under AMBULANCE in your local telephone directory.

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What to do if you call the police but can’t talk?

When transferred to your local police force, the police call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.

Can you text 911 if you can’t talk?

Always contact 911 by making a voice call, if you can. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled, and text-to-911 is not available, use a TTY or a telecommunications relay service, if possible.

How do you call the police when you cant talk?

It is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in, but if you are ever in danger and cannot speak to phone the police, it is still possible to summon help. Calling 999 and coughing or tapping in 55 on the keypad will signal to the call operator that you are in danger, allowing them to send officers to your location.