If you are calling 911 for a weather update or to report your cable TV or electricity is out — just stop it.

Those are not emergency calls.

That’s the word from Stephenville Police Chief Roy Halsell, who said more than 50 percent of calls to the 911 dispatcher during stormy weather are non-emergency related.

“It creates a hardship on the dispatcher,” Halsell said.

Halsell said if there is significant threatening weather for the community, his office works closely with the local cable company and stations will be interrupted with an announcement stating exactly what the threat is.

Halsell said if cable is not a source for information, then listen to local radio because his office also forwards the same information to those stations.