You call 911 in case of an emergency.
Now, 911 can call you in case of an emergency if you live in Dane County.
A Reverse 911 went into effect in Dane County today. Police or fire officials can use the 911 center to call people living near a major emergency.
The 30 second message can warn everyone in the county, or just the people immediately affected by such things as a chemical spill, major accident, or armed standoff.
“If the incident commander at the scene feels that there is a danger to people in that area, for instance, if the person had a rifle as opposed to just a handgun, they might be concerned for people within a couple block area there," says Duke Ellingson, Director of Public Safety Communications for Dane County.
County Executive Kathleen Falk says a great example of when the system would be used is the Central Storage fire on Cottage Grove Road back in 1991.
During that fire there was the possibility of a chemical leak, and officers were forced to drive their cars through neighborhoods with a P–A system to warn people to move to a safe location.