E-Comm is reminding everyone — don’t call 911 unless you really need to!
BC’s Emergency Communications system says 911 has been flooded with calls today.
“We’re getting a lot of calls regarding downed wires and trees, calls about power outages…”
Robertson says it happens every time there is a windstorm, but in the end, the calls aren’t very helpful.
“Please don’t call 9-1-1 for information. Follow BC Hydro and keep abreast of what’s going on through their resources.”
E-Comm spokesperson Jody Robertson says people should only call 911 with a real emergency situation.
“Life, death type stuff, with property in jeopardy, people in jeopardy, structure fires, wires that are down that are arcing and potentially sparking fires.”
Robertson says whenever there’s a windstorm some people find it necessary to call 911 to report their power is out, or to ask questions, but that just clogs the system and delays emergency response.