Be as specific as possible. By providing the 9-1-1 call taker with as much accurate information as possible you will ensure that an appropriate response will be dispatched to assist you. Remember that 9-1-1 is for true emergencies. You should always call 9-1-1 if life or property is in immediate danger. If you aren't sure that the situation is an emergency, err on the side of safety and dial 9-1-1. Let the expert who takes your call determine whether you need to be directed to a non-emergency number.