What should I expect from dialing 911?

When you dial 911 in Lorain County, the Dispatcher will answer: "911, what is the location of your emergency?  Do you need Police, Fire, or Ambulance?"

  • Stay calm and clearly request the type of service needed.
  • Verify your address or provide the location you are calling from.
  • Inform the Dispatcher of the location where help is needed.
  • Wireless callers should provide their cellular phone number with the area code as well as mile markers, cross streets, landmarks, or other information.
  • Remain on the line with the Dispatcher until completion of the call.
  • Follow the instructions of the Dispatcher.
  • Do not disconnect from the call until the Dispatcher tells you to.
  • If you dial 911 in error, do not hang up! Stay on the line and inform the Dispatcher you have dialed in error.

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1. Will it show my location when I send a text to 911?
2. Can I send a text message from any cell phone?
3. How will I know if 9-1-1 received my text?
4. Can I text to 911 in languages other than English?
5. How will I know if the service is not available?
6. What is SMS?
7. What is 911?
8. When should I dial 911?
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