9-1-1 is the Emergency Telephone System in Somerset County that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Somerset County has a fully enhanced 911 system which means the operator can see both the telephone number and address of where the call is originating. However, the dispatcher will still verify your phone number and the address where the incident is occurring. Enhanced 911 provides a faster response to those individuals who unable to communicate verbally with the dispatcher. For example, if you are home alone and suddenly become very ill, you call 911 and say, "send me an ambulance" and then pass out, we will be able to dispatch help immediately thanks to Enhanced 911. E911 is also equipped with a special indicator which alerts the operator of an incoming call from a TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). Below is a guide for calling for emergency help. If you have any additional questions, please contact us by email or phone, 410-651-2633.
Guide to Emergency Help
Dial 911 only in an emergency. If it is not an emergency, dial the appropriate agency directly.
How to make an emergency call
Prepare for Emergencies
Please make sure your house number is displayed so that emergency responders can find your home quickly. If displaying your number on the house it should be visible at least 50 ft from the road and the view of the number should not be blocked by trees or shrubs. If displaying your number on the mailbox, place the number on both sides of the mailbox unless it is in a cluster of mailboxes. If displaying your number on a private sign or post at the entrance to a lane, the sign should be at least 3' to 4' in height. Numbers should be at least 3 inches high. Numbers should be plain block numerals, not script or written numbers. Numbers should be set on a background of contrasting color, dark on light or light on dark works well.
If you have a phone with a speed dialer, please program 911 on one of the buttons. This is extremely beneficial for elderly.
If your fire district has provided you with an emergency strobe light, please turn it on during an emergency. If you are interested in obtaining a strobe light, contact your local fire department or Crime Solvers.
Remember, in an emergency every second counts!
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Last updated: 14 November 2014