An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police/sheriff, the fire department or ambulance. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency, you should call 9-1-1.

Examples of emergencies are:
Any serious medical problem
Any type of fire
Any life threatening situation
Any crime in progress
Injury Accidents

A good rule of thumb is – Whenever life or property is threatened or at immediate risk or if there is a good chance that a criminal can be apprehended call 9-1-1.

Do not call 9-1-1:
For information
For directory assistance
When you’re bored and just want to talk
For your pet
As a prank
When the electricity or other utilities are off (you will need to call your local provider)

For NON-EMERGENCIES in your area, dial the appropriate seven-digit telephone number.
Fargo area 235-4493
Cass County area 241-5800
Moorhead area 299-5120
Clay County area 299-5151

Non-emergency incidents include “cold” (not in progress):
Break-ins to vehicles
Theft of property
Loud Noise Complaints (Party)

You should also use the NON-EMERGENCY telephone numbers for:
Intoxicated persons who are not disorderly
Cars blocking the street or driveway
Non-injury auto accidents