What is considered an “emergency”?

An emergency is something that must be stopped, prevented, or remedied at the immediate time because it threatens life, physical well-being, or property. If you’re unsure if your situation is an emergency, call 911 anyway. If the dispatcher determines that your call is not considered an emergency call, you will be asked to phone back on the business line.

This keeps 911 free for other emergencies.

Noise & Parking Complaints

Loud music complaints, parking complaints, barking dog complaints, etc., should not be called in on 911.

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1. When should I call 911?
2. What is considered an “emergency”?
3. What will the dispatcher ask when you call 911?
4. What if I dial 911 by mistake?
5. Are pay phones any different?
6. Should I program my telephone to dial 911?
7. What about calling 911 from a cellular phone?
8. What if I don’t speak English?
9. Why do dispatchers ask so many questions?
10. How are calls prioritized?