When to Call 911

        When To Make an Emergency Call


     • When you see smoke or fire.

     • When someone’s life or property are in immediate danger, such as:

          ◦ An allergic reaction

          ◦ Bloody diarrhea

          ◦ Chest pain

          ◦ Confusion or dizziness

          ◦ Drug overdose

          ◦ Heart attack

          ◦ Heat stroke

          ◦ Rectal bleeding

          ◦ Shortness of breath

          ◦ Slurred speech

     • When you witness a crime being committed.

Unless you need immediate response, call your local non-emergency line for instances such as these:

     • Your car was broken into yesterday.

     • You need to report additional items stolen on a burglary report filed last week.

In a stressful situation, it is difficult to think clearly or know exactly what to do. Your initial reaction may be to call 911 for emergency assistance, but this may not be the most appropriate response for the situation. It may also incur unnecessary emergency care costs and can waste valuable community resources that could be used for situations which require emergency attention.