Caller: "MY POWER WENT OUT!"
Dame: "...okay, do you have a life threatening emergency? Have you contacted your power company?"
Caller: "MY. POWER. WENT. OUT! I called YOU!"
Dame: "I understand you lost power. Do you rely on a ventilator or other life-maintaining device that relies on power from the electrical grid?"
Dame: "Okay, so you do not have a life threatening emergency then?"
Caller: "Well, you NEED to DO something ABOUT it!"
Dame: "What do you think 911 can do about your power? A police officer to come out and say 'Yep. Power's out.'? A fireman to climb up the electrical pole?"
Dame: "Okay, well while you are calling your power company, I'm going to go ahead and clear the line for real, actual life-or-death emergencies. Buh-bye."
Most people know this notion -
Need help? Call 911!
We've all seen the feel-good news clips where the grade-school kid calls 911 for help with the math homework.
But it should be this -
Have an actual emergency? Call 911!
If there is something urgent that a policeman or firefighter can do for you, then please call. If that is the case, then yes, I do have the power to send one of the two. Actual electricity power? Sad to say, I don't have that to give.