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Posted on: August 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 9-1-1 Emergency Reminder

9-1-1

Before, During and Following Hurricane Laura: 9-1-1 is ONLY for Emergencies

The City of Huntsville would like to remind residents during and following a storm to ONLY contact 9-1-1 for in-progress emergencies for police, fire, or medical assistance.

It’s important not to overload the emergency call centers with non-emergency calls, especially during a storm. Non-emergency calls can delay citizens with REAL life-threatening emergencies getting the response they need. Do not contact 9-1-1 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, power outages, or other non-emergency inquiries. It is best to stay informed by local authorities and media for the weather, flooding, and traffic updates.

During critical events, it is always important not to overload the phone systems—wireless and wireline. Heavy call congestion on wireless, wireline phone networks and 9-1-1 centers could cause delay and/or prevent calls from being delivered.

If you have an emergency:

  • Call 9-1-1, stay on the line, and DON’T HANG UP until your call is answered.  Your call is in the system—if you hang up, and try to call back, your call is now in the back of the line.
  • Answer all questions and follow instructions
  • CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU CAN’T – ONLY TEXT 9-1-1 IF YOU CANNOT MAKE A VOICE CALL. Voice calls are the fastest and best way to reach 9-1-1.

Finally, be sure to add a charged cell phone and portables chargers to your preparedness kit. All non-emergent phone calls should be made to (936) 435-8001.

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