Friday, September 8, 2017

911 calls: Emergency responders may be grounded if winds are over 60 mph

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 2:56 PM

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During the storm, Floridians may find that they'll have long waits on 911 calls, as they stack up during emergencies. Emergency officials are reminding residents that they should only use 911 for life-threatening emergencies – if you're having a heart attack, if your house is on fire and you're trapped inside, that kind of thing – and requesting that nonessential calls go to 311, not 911.

If winds reach 60 miles per hour, emergency responders including firefighters and EMTs will have to take shelter. Emergency 911 calls will be banked, triaged in order of most dire to less so, and when conditions are safe again, units will be sent out to respond to situations with similar levels of urgency in the order the calls were received

Be safe, be smart, and we'll see you on the other side.

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