Webster County Sheriff
Emergency 911

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Webster County Sheriff
702 1st Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA  50501
Phone: 515-573-1410
Fax: 515-
Email: sheriff@webstercountyia.org


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The Webster Alert System provides officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for Webster Alert System to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications when alerts are issued. Sign up here

 

Emergency 911 Facts


 

911 is to be used for EMERGENCIES

  Calls to 911 should be made for but not limited to: Crimes in progress; Suspicious activity or behavior; Fires; Traffic accidents; Medical emergencies

911 should NOT be used for: Checking time and temperature; Directory Assistance; Loss of electricity/cable/water

 

Know your cellular phone

  You should not drive while talking on a cellular phone, this increases the chance to either be in or cause an accident.  When you carry your cellular phone check for a “key lock” feature.  When phones are carried in a pocket or in a purse, pressing any key for a period of time will send a call to 911.  When you use the key lock (sometimes called a key guard) feature, this will not happen.

 

When you call 911 you should be asked

  Your name; Your location (street address); The phone number you are calling from and the nature of the problem.

For landline users who question why you are being asked this information thinking that it should be on a screen in front of the dispatcher, it is to verify that the information is correct.  There are times when the calling party has just moved and the information has not yet been received, therefore the database has not been updated.  For cellular users, this information is not yet available and therefore has to be verified.

E911FAQs

Q.

What is enhanced 911?

A. Enhanced 911 identifies the telephone number and address of the person placing the emergency call from a landline.

Q.

How does Enhanced 911 work?

A. Telephone exchanges have the capability to identify the phone number from which the call is made.  A computer database is developed which associates an address with the phone number.  When a 911 call is made the caller’s phone number is relayed to the computer which then displays the phone number and address on a video screen for the telecommunicator. Along with this information is what agency should respond (police, fire, ambulance).

Q.

Will the computer database be confidential?

A. State law restricts the information to E911 emergency use only.  Anyone releasing this information will be subject to legal penalties.
Q. How is enhanced 911 service paid for?
A. Each landline has a $0.45 surcharge on their phone bill.
Q. What can the money raised by the surcharge be spent for? 
A. Under the state law, the funds received from the surcharge collections can only be spent on updates and equipment used within the PSAP(public safety answering point).  No more than 25% of the annual budget can be carried over at the end of the fiscal year.  If the year-end carry over is more than 25%, the state can require reduction of the surcharge.
Q. How will farm locations be identified?
A. Each farm or rural residence will have a street address, similar to houses in town.  Each address outside city limits in the county will have a blue sign placed near the entrance to the drive.  
Q. Where do I get a blue rural 911 address sign?
A. For a new/damaged or destroyed blue 911 sign, contact Webster County Planning and Zoning at 515-574-3761.
Q. How will this help emergency responders?
A. The most important part is that the telecommunicator will have the address information from the computer database and can relay exact address information to the emergency unit(s) responding.
Q. Are rural address maps available to everyone?
A. Maps may be purchased through the Webster County Auditor's office.
Q. Is there enhanced 911 for cellular phones?
A. At the present time the information received by the telecommunicator shows the tower location where the call came from.  It does not give us a location of the caller.  If you use your cellular phone and place an emergency 911 call, you will be asked your location and your name and address.
Q. Who answers your cellular phone call?
A. Depending on your calling location, your call could be routed to one of many PSAP’s (public safety answering points).  You may be in one county placing the call and your phone “hits” a tower in another county, your call could go there.  Again, this is why you should know your location when placing a call.
Q. Is there anything in the works for cellular calls to become enhanced?
A. Yes, at the present the cellular world is working on what is called “Phase 2”.  This will provide information on latitude and longitude.  PSAP’s will have to have the appropriate mapping capabilities to turn this information into a location that can be relayed to the appropriate authorities.
Q. What is the Webster Alert system?
A. The Webster Alert System provides officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for Webster Alert to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications when alerts are issued. Sign up here
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