Are there things I shouldn't call for?
Yes! Power outages, traffic conditions, weather reports, school closings, along with calls to request information about special events and municipal services schedules are some examples of calls that shouldn't be made to 9-1-1 and non-emergency emergency service telephone lines. Extreme weather conditions, holidays, and major events increase demands on all emergency service agencies. In times like these, you can do your part in safeguarding your communications lifeline by keeping telephone lines and emergency service's personnel clear and available to handle true emergencies from your community and the area.

HOW Radio stations that specialize in 24-hour news and information are your best source for up-to-date traffic, weather, and advisories during major events. Inexpensive weather monitors are also recommended, especially those that activate when the National Weather Service sends out special weather statements.

Local events, such as parades, fairs, shows, etc. are announced via press releases to newspapers, radio, and television stations well in advance of the event. Frequently, numbers are provided for additional information.

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1. What is 911?
2. When should I use 911?
3. Can I dial 911 from any phone?
4. Who will answer my 911 call?
5. What will they ask and how should I answer?
6. Will they keep me on the phone and ask other questions?
7. What if the caller speaks a foreign language?
8. What if the caller is speech or hearing impaired?
9. What if my call is not an emergency?
10. Can I call a police station directly?
11. Are there things I shouldn't call for?
12. Is there anything I should do to make sure emergency personnel can find me?