Storm Reminders From GHC 9-1-1May 9th, 2019
May 9, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sonya Lopez-Clauson
Public Information Officer
(713) 806-9495 cell
Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network Offers Reminder
Before, During and Following Storms: 9-1-1 is ONLY for Emergencies
Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1) reminds residents during and following a storm, to only contact 9-1-1 for in-progress emergencies. Remember to call 9-1-1 ONLY for emergency assistance for: police, fire or medical emergency services.
There may be an increased number of phone calls requesting emergency assistance at all of the 9-1-1 centers. It’s important not to overload the emergency call centers with non-emergency calls, especially during the time of a storm. Do not contact 9-1-1 to check on the status of the weather, flooded roads, power outages or other nonemergency inquiries.
During critical events it is always important not overload the phone systems—wireless and wireline. Heavy call congestion on wireless, wireline phone networks and 9-1-1 centers could cause delay and/or prevent calls from being delivered.
It is best to stay informed by local authorities for weather, flooding and traffic updates.
If you have an emergency:
1) Call 9-1-1, stay on the line and DON’T HANG UP until your call is answered.
2) Answer all questions
3) Follow all instructions
4) CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU CAN’T – ONLY TEXT 9-1-1 IF YOU CANNOT MAKE A VOICE CALL. Voice calls are the fastest and best way to reach 9-1-1.
GHC 9-1-1 is responsible for providing the 9-1-1 telecommunications services for 49 cities and the unincorporated areas of two counties: Harris and Fort Bend: www.911.org.