When to Use 9-1-1
If an emergency situation arises - a
crime, a fire, a serious injury or illness immediately
dial 9-1-1 and advise the 9-1-1 operator what has
happened or is happening.
No money is needed for calling 9-1-1 from
a pay phone. If there is an emergency, you can just pick
up a pay phone, wait for a dial tone, and dial 9-1-1
without depositing a coin.
calm. Give your name, location, telephone number, and nature
of the emergency.
carefully to the 9-1-1 operator
the 9-1-1 operator’s questions as accurately as possible.
clearly and slowly.
hang up on the 9-1-1 operator until your are told to do so.
Do not dial 9-1-1
for non-emergency situations. For non-emergency situations
in Quincy or Adams County, such as noisy neighbors, loud
parties, stolen hubcaps, lost pets, dogs barking, etc. dial
Never tell a
9-1-1 operator that a situation is more serious than it
It is against the
law to intentionally and knowingly give false information to
emergency services. Abuse of 9-1-1 may delay someone else’s
access to emergency assistance.
Teaching Children About 9-1-1
Teach your children how and when to dial 9-1-1.
Always tell them to dial 9-1-1 but never refer to this emergency
number as "nine-eleven." There is no such number as eleven on
the telephone and a child may easily become confused in the
process of dialing.
Teach your children to trust the 9-1-1 Operator,
explain to them that 9-1-1 is their friend and source of help to
them during an emergency. Teach your children their home address
and telephone number.
Carefully explain to your children that 9-1-1 is
for an emergency likely to occur at your home or location.
Explain what things to lookout for. Also, explain that 9-1-1 is
not a toy or game and should never be played with or called
unless it is actually needed.