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