When should you call 911?
- Medical Emergencies – Chest pains, choking, difficulty speaking or breathing, and other serious medical problems.
- Fires – Even small fires can spread rapidly and become a dangerous situation.
- Crimes in progress – Assaults, burgularies, fights, etc. Any crimes that are in progress or just occured where the offender could still be in the area.
- Vehicle accidents – Crashes with injuries, blocked roadways, or fluid leaks.
When not to call 911:
- Noise Complaints – Loud parties, music, and barking dog complaints should utilize the non-emergency number.
- Power Outages – To report a power outage or ask about when power will be restored, you should call your power provider.
- Information – Need a phone number, want to know where to pay a ticket, or want a weather report? Call 411 or use the internet to get phone numbers and get a battery powered radio for weather updates during storms.
What to do when calling 911:
- Know your location – Know your address, closest intersections, and/or mile markers. Don’t rely on the 911 operator to know where you are.
- Answer the questions – 911 Operators ask a lot of questions to determine who is best to send to each call. This information is also relayed to responding units so they can be better preparted for your emergency.
- Follow instructions – Our officers are trained to help keep you safe and to give first aid instructions if needed. We can assist in giving CPR instructions, walk you through how to do the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims, or tell you how to stop or slow bleeding.
- Don’t hang up – Stay calm, speak clearly, and stay on the phone until you are instructed to hang up by the dispatcher. Sometimes you will be asked to stay on the line to give current information about your emergency.
Thomas County E-911 has an Emergency Notification System (RAVE ALERT) that will allow the general public to receive alerts issued by Thomas County 911 on their cell phones and e-mail. These alerts can include information regarding missing children, dangers to a specific area, or dangerous weather conditions. Residents can proactively register to receive and control the alerts they wish to receive. If you are a resident of Thomas County and wish to receive these alerts, you can register at the self-registration portal below. Note: It is the responsibility of the user to keep their information current and updated.