Life in the USA
Public Services I
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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