December 27, 1999
Call 911 for police, medical, or fire emergencies only
Every holiday brings an increase in telephone usage. This New Year brings in the year 2000, and an even greater volume of phone use is expected.
In anticipation of possible telephone system overloads, the 911 public safety community, in cooperation with Washington phone companies, urges 911 callers to:
If you pick up your telephone to make a call and do not hear a dial tone, do not hang up. Simply wait a few seconds, and you will get a dial tone and be able to make your call.
- Stay off the telephone when the New Year arrives unless you have a critical need to make a telephone call.
- Do not call 911 unless you need an emergency response from police, fire, or emergency medical personnel.
- If you experience other types of problems not related to these emergency services, call the appropriate telephone number for those services.
- Do not call 911 unnecessarily. 911 lines must be kept open for people who have a true emergency.
Remember, 911 saves lives. Call 911 for police, medical, or fire emergencies only.