If you are having an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you aren’t sure, call Non-Emergency at 503-655-8211.

When To Call 9-1-1

You might wonder what is the difference between an emergency and non-emergency.

When in doubt, always call 9-1-1

Emergency calls may include reports of:

  • any emergency where life or property is in immediate danger
  • an injury requiring immediate medical attention
  • a fire (not a controlled burn pile or other controlled fire)
  • a crime in progress (occurred minutes ago, not hours)
  • a serious traffic accident
  • a violent dog has attacked a person (not just running at large)
  • a driver is dangerously swerving on the road
  • someone is playing with guns

If you call to report non-emergency, you will be transferred to a pre-recorded message.