911: To Call or Not to Call
A call to 911 should always be a call for help.
The Habersham 911 Center strives to educate the general public on the appropriate use of 911 emergency services. The department recognizes that the needs of each individual situation are often unique, and our goal is to meet these needs efficiently and effectively. In order to do so, the communications center makes a concerted effort to provide public education for when to call and when not to call 911.
Listed below are some examples of when to dial 911 and when not to do so. While not complete, the list may be used as a general guide. For situations that are considered non-emergency but you need to speak to an officer or have a report done, please call our administrative line at 706-778-3911.
If you decide 911 is the appropriate number to use, the section "What the Communicator Will Ask" will help prepare you to answer the operator's questions.
Call 911 for
Do NOT call 911 for
What the Communicator Will AskThe communicator answering your call will ask you some common questions to verify the information displayed by the database. You should be prepared to give the following facts:
Although these questions are asked for the safety of all people involved, they also help police, fire, and ambulance personnel perform their jobs more efficiently.
All telephone numbers displayed in the E-911 center are considered confidential and will only be released to emergency services as necessary. It is the 911 Center's policy to refrain from releasing telephone number information to the press or to the public in general.