9-1-1 the emergency number in the USA.
Education and information about 9-1-1 in Niobrara County, Wyoming.
The biggest challenge in teaching people about 9-1-1, is educating parents with children.
To ensure that everyone can access 9-1-1, there are federal laws that require all cell phone providers, allow and permit calls to 9-1-1, even if the cell phone does not have a service contract to make other calls.
When mom and dad update their old cell phone, they often give their old phone to their children to play with as a toy. The games and applications still work on the phone and can entertain their children for hours. This is okay as long as the parents know the danger and are prepared to have the police come and visit their home.
Yes, the phone still works... you cannot make calls to your friends and family but a call to 9-1-1 will still go through to a law enforcement, fire and ambulance service dispatcher.
Many people do not know that an old cell phone can still call 9-1-1 and they often gift the cell phone to children for entertainment.
Playtime and imagination is healthy for children; parents should take part in this playtime. Should your children be playing with any old cell phone be aware they can be talking with real people on the phone even if you think that the cell phone does not have service.
The 9-1-1 emergency number can still be called from a cell phone that does not have a service contract.
The imaginary friend that you might think that your child is talking with just might be a 9-1-1 dispatcher.
Parents should not be alarmed when your child hands you a cell phone and say, they want to talk with you. Please take the phone; you might just hear a real voice and not an imaginary person. Please be involved with your child’s playtime, and be aware if they have an old cell phone as a toy.
In these cases, the 9-1-1 dispatcher is seeking to learn if the call is an emergency situation or not... should the dispatcher become alarmed at the nature of the call the cell phone location will be located and police sent to the location.
Play time or an Emergency... Both are treated the same when it
comes to calls to 9-1-1!
Play time or an Emergency... Both are treated the same when it comes to calls to 9-1-1!