Boone County News Release

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Chad Martin, Boone County Joint Communications Director or
Joe Piper, Boone County Joint Communications Deputy Director
Phone: (573) 554-1000

Residents Reminded When to Call 9-1-1

July 3, 2017 – As sounds of fireworks become more prevalent this week, Boone County Joint Communications is prepared for a spike in calls on the Fourth of July holiday. Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 for emergencies only and to call the non-emergency numbers 3-1-1 or 573-442-6131 for other situations requiring law enforcement attention, such as noise caused by fireworks or fireworks being discharged in prohibited areas.

Remember: calling 9-1-1 when there is no emergency can prevent actual emergency calls from being connected in a timely manner and could delay emergency responders for someone who really needs help.

When to call 9-1-1 versus 3-1-1:

  • Call 9-1-1 for any situation requiring the immediate presence of law enforcement or a response from fire/rescue or ambulance services.
    • A burglary in progress
    • A house fire
    • A person trapped by machinery
    • A person having chest pain
  • Call 3-1-1 or 573-442-6131 for law enforcement assistance when immediate presence of law enforcement is not required.
    • Abandoned vehicle
    • Noise complaint
    • Lost or stolen property
    • Requesting police report
    • Parking issue
  • If you are not sure whether something is an emergency, dial 9-1-1 to report the incident.