In case of emergency, call 911. Then wait. And wait. And wait.
If you wait long enough, there’s some chance the line will just disconnect. Then you can try again. Repeat as necessary.
This was certainly the lesson learned by onlookers to a shooting this past Wednesday in the Lower Garden District on Magazine Street. The pair, two workers toiling away in an nearby office, heard the sound of gunshots and then peered out the window to view the aftermath. There, they saw some men scrambling. Thankfully, nobody was hit.
Both of the witnesses dutifully called 911. The first waited for nearly three minutes for her call to be answered. The other waited the same amount of time… only to be disconnected.