Emergency Calls, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Life in the USA
Public Services I
The Telephone

Emergency Calls
In the case of an emergency that requires the police, fire department, para-medics or an ambulance, the standard telephone number used throughout the United States is 911. When you dial 911, be prepared to give clear information to the emergency dispatcher who answers, especially regarding the location of the emergency, and the reason why it is, in fact, an emergency situation.

In areas that do not have 911 service, dial the telephone operator (0) and ask for help.

You should only dial 911 if you need to summon help in a real emergency. If you need to make a non-emergency call to the police, to complain about a noisy neighbor, for example, look up and use the standard seven-digit telephone number for your local police station.



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