Quick Answer: Who Do You Talk To When You Call 911?

Dial 911 from any phone.

To speak with a 911 dispatcher, simply punch in the numbers “9-1-1” on any working phone and stay on the line.

You can even use an unactivated cell phone to place the call.

911 works in the US and Canada.

If you are in another location, you will need to call a different emergency number.

What does the operator say when you call 911?

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!”

When you call 911 do they know your location?

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 happens if you call 911 and hang up before it rings?

In fact even if you have an unlisted number or caller ID block, when you call 911 we still get your information. Furthermore, if you ever have a true emergency and dial 911, even if you hang up before the phone rings we will still get the information.

When should I call 911 for medical reasons?

Handling Medical Emergencies – When to Call 911

  • Bleeding that will not stop.
  • Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
  • Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
  • Chest pain.
  • Choking.
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood.
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness.
  • Feeling of committing suicide or murder.

Do you 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.

Can you text 911?

Text-to-911: Quick Facts & FAQs. Today most consumers cannot reach 911 by sending a text message from their wireless phone. This means that in such areas, if you are unable to make a voice 911 call, you can type your message on your wireless phone and send it to a 911 operator.

Is it illegal to accidentally call 911?

The cell phones are still able to call 911 but because they are deactivated the 911 call takers cannot call the phone back. Adds one call taker, “If you do accidentally call 911, don’t freak out. Don’t hang up or get defensive if we call you back.

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.

Does 911 call back if you hang up?

We are REQUIRED to callback EVERY 911 “hang-up” that we receive, to determine if in fact there is an emergency. 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.

Is it illegal to hang up on 911?

While it isn’t illegal to prank call 911, a prank call to 911 could be taken over a phone call for an actual emergency, which could result in a delayed emergency response to the scene of the crime or accident, and could potentially result in death for the victim.

What happens if you accidentally call 911 and hang up right away?

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.

What happens if you accidentally call 911 and hang up?

If you ever accidentally dial 911, please don’t hang up. If you don’t call them back to explain that it was accidental then they will attempt to call you back. If they’re unable to get you back on the line and have your location, we are then called and we send a unit out to do a welfare check on the resident.