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Karen Joyce-Zink,
E-911 Coordinator
Clay County Justice Center
611 E. Jackson St.

When To Call 911

Calling 911 in an emergency can save your life or the life of a loved one.

However, 911 systems can at times be abused and overloaded. There are many instances where 9-1-1 was dialed simply to ask for information or to report a nuisance.

Remember, dialing 9-1-1 is for an emergency and is serious. Calling 911 unnecessarily can endanger someone else's life or property when they really do need help.  Never call 911 as a prank or joke.  This is not only against the law, it could keep an emergency line tied up for someone who really needs it.

For non-emergencies in Clay County, please call our regular Sheriff’s Dept number at 446-2535.

When to Call 911

  • To get help for someone who is seriously injured or needs immediate medical attention
  • If you see a crime in progress or about to occur
  • To report a fire
  • When you feel you are in danger
  • When someone else is in danger, or their property is in danger
  • To report a drunk driver
  • To report a major accident

When NOT to Call 911

  • To report a crime that is no longer in progress and does not require an immediate response
  • To report missing property
  • To report a loud party
  • To report minor auto accidents and disabled vehicles
  • To report telephone, cable, or power outages
  • To inquire about weather, road conditions

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