When to call 911

WHEN SHOULD I CALL 911?

911 Calls are not something to be taken lightly.  A non-emergency call could come at a time when another person’s life is in real danger.  You might force a dispatcher to leave a life or death call to answer a question easily answered from another source. 

The standard definition of a valid 911 call is  "Any threat to life, limb or property"

Some Standard Events That Warrant a 911 Call:

  • Any medical emergency
  • Any clear or Possible Threat to Life, Limb or Property
  • Any Accident, With or Wthout Injuries
  • Any Fire: Structure, Vehicle or Brush
  • To Report Any Theft
  • Active Domestic Violence or Assault Against Another Person

Some Standard Events That Do Not Warrant a 911 Call:

  • Requests for Addressing Information or Directions
  • Requests to Talk to an Officer or Responder on a Non-Emergency Basis
  • Animal Calls not Directly Posing a Threat to Life, Limb or Property
  • Reporting Matters That Should be Settled by a Civil Court (Land Dispute, Money Owed, Etc.)

However, If You Are Not Quite Sure If It’s an Emergency or Not Go Ahead and Make The Call.  In 911 Response, It’s Always Better To Be Safe Than Sorry!