Quick Answer: How Does A 911 Call Work?

When you call from a land line phone, the number determines which 911 dispatch center is the appropriate one for your location and transfers your call there.

If you call from a cell phone, your call will transfer to the appropriate PSAP and emergency responders will be sent to the location of the emergency.

How does 911 know where you are?

Here’s how they explain it: When you call 911 from your cellphone, the dispatcher does not see your actual location. Instead, dispatch centers have to ask your wireless carrier for your location information. The location information comes from a cell tower, which could put you miles away from where you actually are.

What does 911 say when you call?

When you call 911, a call-taker will answer the phone and say “911” or “911, what’s your emergency?”. Ideally, you should tell the call-taker what the emergency is, for example: “My house is on fire!” “There’s someone breaking into my home!”

Does 911 call you back?

A large percentage of 911 calls are accidental, especially from cell phones. If you dial 911 by accident, DO NOT hang up! If, when we call back, no one answers and there is an address associated with the number, a police response will be sent to determine if in fact there is an emergency.

What do I do if I accidentally call 911 and hang up?

If you dial 9-1-1 accidentally, stay on the line and tell us. If you hang up we don’t know if you are okay and will have to call back or, if you’ve called from a landline and we can determine your location, send police to check on you. Stay on the line. Don’t ever hang up.

Can 911 be texted?

Always contact 911 by making a voice call, if you can. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled, and text-to-911 is not available, use a TTY or a telecommunications relay service, if possible. Remember that in most cases you cannot reach 911 by sending a text message.

Do police track your phone when you call?

Mobile phone tracking

StingRay devices are used by law enforcement agencies to track people’s movements, and intercept and record conversations, names, phone numbers and text messages from mobile phones. Their use entails the monitoring and collection of data from all mobile phones within a target area.

Do I get billed for calling 911?

911 is paid by the taxpayer when you need the police. When you call for an ambulance, you have to reimburse for the cost of the ambulance. If it’s a serious medical emergency, the fire department will send out a crew to acompany the ambulance, free of charge.

Are 911 calls anonymous?

So, here’s the answer to “Is there a way to call 911 anonymously?”: Yes and no. A person can call 911 from a location and refuse to give his or her name, or even say, “I would prefer to remain anonymous.” Again, there is a record of your phone call. The best bet for calling anonymously is from a payphone.

Can you get in trouble for calling 911?

Blonsky was arrested because it’s illegal to call 911 when there is no crime or suspicious activity. False reporting causes dispatchers to shift resources from real emergencies. It’s also illegal to repeatedly call 911 without an actual, concrete reason to do so. In some states, this can constitute harassment.