Saturday, December 20, 2008

How to find your non-emergency emergency number

In my post about the great flat tire incident, I mentioned calling the local non-emergency emergency number. Yes, there is such a thing as a "non-emergency emergency number." This number is often answered by 911 dispatch, but it is answered at a different priority level. By calling this number you won't be taking resources away from someone who was shot or is having a heart
attack.

Non-emergency emergency numbers are not universal, like 911. You can find the number by Googling "non-emergency emergency number" and then your city. Or go to your municipality's website. If you still can't find it, call your local police station.

Why is it important to have this number programmed into your cell phone?

  1. You have a flat tire on the side of the highway and need highway assistance.
  2. Someone is lurking around your neighborhood. They are not immediately threatening, but you want it checked out.
  3. Random things happen every day that aren't emergency-emergencies, but they are non-emergency emergencies. Get it?