SAVANNAH, GA - It's a misdemeanor to call 911 unless you have an emergency, and a Chinese restaurant giving you the wrong order doesn't qualify! Dispatchers for 911 take hundreds of emergency calls daily.
Their alerting police and firefighters can be the difference between life or death. Imagine your call taking longer because of someone else calling 911 about a fast food order!
A woman in Savannah did just that recently, so before you pick up the phone to dial 911, make sure it's an emergency. 911 centers around the country have only minutes to save lives, so when they take bogus calls somebody who needs help might not get it.
You should only call 911 for an immediate threat like an illness, a crime in progress, or a fire. If it's a not life or death, in Albany the number to call is 311. Albany, Dougherty County, and Water Gas and Light have set up this call center for general questions or problems.
It helps untie the line so those with major issues get the help they need. 311 is only available weekdays from 8 to 5. But you can call 229-431-2132 for non-emergencies any time.