Whatever the situation is, when you dial 911 stress is likely to be high. Â Whatever is happening is probably high stakes and it certainly isn’t a good time to have to deal with logistical challenges. Â We know that response time cannot be instant no matter how much we want it to be and what we want to make sure is that we don’t delay help any more than its delayed already. Â Yet that might be exactly what we may be heading into when we dial 911. Â In the US our emergency response system is efficient and effective, but that efficiency and effectiveness can be compromised when we fail to do our part. Â Today we will talk about some simple things you need to do to make sure 911 works for you!
0222 – Using 911 Efficiently
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Dale Fricke Holsters
When we think about emergencies one of the first concepts that jumps into our heads might be 911. Â If we are ever involved in any kind of a serious situation it is likely that at some point emergency responders may also be involved. Â The most common way for them to get involved is by someone dialing 911.
We have talked about the concept before, but it bears mentioning that 911 is not a magic pill for all of our problems. Â The system is advanced, wonderful, and I’m glad that we have it, but it has some inherent issues that we must understand.
We must understand that 911 Is a reactive service. Â Police officers, fire fighters and paramedics would love to be in the right place at the right time to prevent something bad from happening or be able to instantly respond when something does happen. Â That just isn’t possible based on several issues:
- 911 isn’t omniscient
- Emergency resources are limited
- Emergency services aren’t every where
- Emergency response depends on communication from you
Communication with 911
Know how to connect with 911
Know the number
VerifyEvery emergency cervices district is responsible for making sure that a certain percentage of phone numbers in the area are properly connected to the 911 system. Â This means a percentage of land line phones must be able to dial 911 and reach the proper emergency services call center. Â If you are smart you will make sure that 100% of land lines that you spend time around are verified. Â It is your skin after all. Â A quick search on the internet brought up several ways in which counties across the U.S. verify 911 service. Â In my county I simply fill out a form and drop it at the countyÂ SheriffÂ to verify the information. Â Here is how it is done in Sussex County, Schenectady County and Franklin County. Â The process is different if you have a VOIP system like OOMA or MagicJack.
A Word from MagicJack
911 Emergency Services are for United States and Canadian addresses ONLY.
Canadian addresses require Canadian numbers
US addresses require US numbers
NOTE: 911 Emergency Services will NOT work with magicJack APP
1. Register your current U.S. address during the registration process.
2. Make sure that your address information is always complete, up-to-date and accurate. (If you travel, you must update your 911 service address.)
3. Wait for a confirmation email from magicJack that your 911 service address is registered.
- Our 911 Emergency Service is different than 911 service offered on traditional phone lines.
- magicJack may not work during a power or internet outage.
- Only use 911 in case of an actual emergency.
1.Â REQUIRESÂ prior activation on your part. You must register your current service address and update your registered address if you use your magicJack from another location.
2.Â WILL NOTÂ function during a broadband or power disruption/outage.
3.Â WILL NOTÂ function if the magicJack is damaged or disabled.
4.Â ISÂ subject to the limitations of the 911 emergency response system where your registered address is located.
You should maintain an alternate means of dialing 911 and make sure other users of your magicJack know this.
- Get the number