What is 9-1-1
9-1-1 was established as a national number for notification of emergencies in January 1968 by a Congressional declaration. It was tested in Haleyville, AL, in early February of the same year. By 1972, the FCC established that 9-1-1 should be implemented nationwide to provide expedient, professional assistance to citizens in immediate need.
Since that time, 9-1-1 calls from home phones (wired phones) have progressed from “voice only” contact to “Enhanced 9-1-1” which gives dispatchers the name, address, and phone number of the person calling. Cell phone 9-1-1 service has progressed to “Phase II” service which gives dispatchers the phone number calling and an approximate location of the cell phone caller for a percentage of 9-1-1 calls.