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When to call 911

You should call 911 immediately if you recognize a life-threatening injury or illness, or the situation requires specialized response, such as police, fire, hazardous materials, or power company assistance. Life-threatening conditions include:

  • A problem that threatens the victim's airway
  • A problem that threatens the victim's breathing
  • A problem that threatens the victim's circulation of blood, such as severe bleeding or shock
  • The victim is unconscious or unresponsive
  • The condition could become life-threatening
  • Moving could make the condition worse

In many situations, emergency services may not be called but the victim stills needs to see a healthcare provider. Encourage family and friends to ensure the victim follows through with seeing a doctor. When in doubt, call 911.

How to call 911

  • Campus phone - dial 911 (emergencies)
  • Campus phone - dial 1-6411 (non-emergencies)
  • Cell phones - dial 911, but be sure to give the closest town/city

Provide the following information to the dispatcher:

  • Your name and the phone number you are calling from
  • The location of the victim
  • The number of victims
  • What happened
  • The victim's condition
  • The victim's approximate age and gender
  • What is being done for the victim(s)

Bystanders

Be sure to check the area for bystanders who may be willing to assist you. Bystanders can help by:

  • Calling 911
  • Meeting response agencies and leading them to the victim(s)
  • Helping other victims with minor injuries
  • Helping to calm the victim down
  • Getting the nearest first aid kit