What is an Emergency?
An emergency is defined as: "An event or occurrence demanding immediate action; or any condition endangering or thought to be endangering life or property"
- Accidents with Injuries
- Fire (or smell of smoke)
- Crime in Progress
- Breathing Problems
- Choking/unconscious person
- Stabbing, shooting
- Fights or displays of weapons
- Other life-threatening situations
For a Non-Emergency call (304) 485-8501
Download the 911 Information Sheet
DO NOT call 9-1-1 for information, directory assistance, when you're bored and just want to talk, for paying tickets, for your pet, as a prank.
What About 9-1-1 Prank Calls?
It's a prank call when someone calls 9-1-1 for a joke, or calls 9-1-1 and hangs up. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 9-1-1 lines or Telecommunicators are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. In most places, it's against the law to make prank 9-1-1 calls.
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, DO NOT hang up. Tell the Telecommunicator what happened so they know there is not an emergency.