911: When to Call 911
911 can save your life or the life of a loved one. Fire, law enforcement and ambulance logs are filled with incidents where people have helped save lives and property by dialing 9-1-1. 911 is simplifying our lives, protecting us in emergencies and providing opportunities to help others in need. 9-1-1 is available through most of the U.S. as a means to easily report any emergency without looking up other telephone numbers.
Unfortunately, 911 systems can at times be abused and overloaded. There are many instances where 9-1-1 was dialed as a joke, to ask for information or to report a nuisance. In some areas of the country, these examples account for the majority of 911 calls. Please remember, dialing 9-1-1 is for an emergency and is serious. Calling unnecessarily can endanger someone else's life or property when they really do need help.
When should you call 911?
What should I do if there's a fire in my home?
When calling 911, remember to give the following information:
Don't call 911 to:
911: Other Important Numbers
The following phone numbers are for non-emergency requests:
If you live in Mahaska County and the call to the dispatch county is long distance, you can call (888) 673-0347 at no cost to you.
For administrative requests, use these office phone numbers:
To report any drug-related activity and remain anonymous, call the Drug Activity Tip Line at 673-8404.
1. If you live in rural Mahaska County and your rural house number sign or road name sign is damaged or missing, report it to the dispatch center at (641) 673-0347. Keep your house marker sign in good repair, straight, and clear of debris, vegetation, and snow.
2. Contact Iowa One Call 48 hours before you dig, (800) 292-8989. A careless construction accident has taken 911 down more than once.
3. When calling 911 please remember to stay calm, speak clearly and remain on the line to answer all the dispatcher's questions as best you can.
The Mahaska County Emergency Management-911 Communications Division is proud to be the only,
Total Response Accredited Center in the State of Iowa!
MAHASKA COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY