911 was created as a universal nationwide emergency number to summons police, ambulance, or fire service help.
911 is meant for Emergencies “ONLY”
Some callers are seeking information rather than help. Others are simply abusing the system.
It's illegal to call 911 without an emergency!
Calling 911 can be very stressful and it's easy to feel overwhelmed. 911 call-takers
are trained to guide callers through the experience. Knowing what to expect
can help make the 911 call go smoothly and get emergency help where and when
Know the difference between calling 911 from a landline phone and calling 911 on a cell phone. Know when you should and shouldn't call 911. When you call 911, know what to expect and how to react.
Stay calm. It's important to take a deep breath and not get excited.
Any situation that requires 911 is, by definition, an emergency. The dispatcher
or call-taker knows that and will try to move things along quickly, but under
- Know the location of the emergency and the number you are calling
from. This may be asked and answered a couple of times but don't get
frustrated. Even though many 911 centers have enhanced capabilities -- meaning
they are able to see your location on the computer screen -- they are still
required to confirm the information. If for some reason you are disconnected, at
least emergency crews will know where to go and how to call you back.
As the call progresses, you may hear clicking - do not hang up!
- Wait for the call-taker to ask questions, then answer clearly and
calmly. If you are in danger of assault, the dispatcher or call-taker will
still need you to answer quietly, mostly "yes" and "no" questions.
- If you reach a recording, listen to what it says. If the recording
says your call cannot be completed, hang up and try again. If the recording says
all call-takers are busy, wait! When the next call-taker or dispatcher is
available to take the call, it will transfer you.
- Let the call-taker guide the conversation. He or she is typing the
information into a computer and may seem to be taking forever. There's a good
chance, however, that emergency services are already being sent while you are
still on the line.
- Follow all directions. In some cases, the call-taker will give you
directions. Listen carefully, follow each step exactly, and ask for
clarification if you don't understand.
- Keep your eyes open. You may be asked to describe victims, suspects,
vehicles, or other parts of the scene.
- Do not hang up the call until directed to do so by the call-taker.
- No matter what happens - Stay Calm.
- Cell phones may not tell the call-taker where you are. Know the differences
when calling 911on a cell phone.
- Never program 911 into your automatic dialer (phone memory). You're not
going to forget the number and accidental 911 calls are more likely with
auto-dialers. If someone calls 911 and doesn't speak, emergency services must
still be dispatched.
911 From a Landline
When you call 911 in most parts of the country, emergency responders can find
you - even if you don't know where you are or can't communicate. That's because
calling 911 from a landline (a telephone connected to the lines on the poles)
makes a computer in the dispatch center show the number and address of the phone
Cell Phones Don't Work the Same
When you make a 911 call on a cell
phone, you are sending signals through the air. The tower that picks up your
phone's signal may be near, but it isn't enough to tell the dispatcher where to
The Federal Communications Commission has required that all wireless carriers
be able to pinpoint your location for the 911 dispatchers, but the rule is
coming in phases and there are plenty of exceptions.
Location, Location, Location
When you call 911 from a cell phone, the
call often lands in a regional center. A call-taker in a far-away city or county
may answer your call. To get help to you, there are two pieces of information
the call-taker needs to know immediately:
- Tell the call-taker which city you're calling from.
- Tell the call-taker what type of emergency you have.
Different emergency services use different dispatch centers. With the right
information, the call-taker will transfer you to the right center.
Any Phone Will Do
Wireless carriers are required to complete 911 calls,
even when the phone is not activated. Any phone that turns on and can receive a
signal is capable of making a 911 call.
The problem is: if the phone you're using isn't activated, there isn't a
phone number assigned to it. That means if you're disconnected from the dispatch
center, you must call 911 back. They will not have a way to call
Stay calm be clear
Professional call-takers are trained to get
information from you. They're staring at a computer screen that has all the
relevant questions. Listen carefully, and answer as concisely as possible.
Remember, responders can only respond if they know where they're going. Make
sure you get the location as detailed as possible.
*** Problems!!! ***
As stated above, wireless carriers are required to complete 911 calls, even when the phone is "not activated". Any phone that turns on and can receive a signal is capable of making a 911 call.... The problem is, parents give childern old de-activated cell phones, and childern are making false 911 calls, which can cause very serious problems for officers. Other problems are..... Calling 911 Testing to See if the Phone Works, Calling to ask for the number of the Police Department, To Ask the Police-Fire-Ambulance Agency a Question, Teaching Kids to Call 911, To Get a Cat Out of a Tree!!! Remember.... 911 is meant for Emergencies “ONLY”
For your "entertainment" here is a real 911 call from a 5 year old!
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