911 Has New Lifesaving Features That You Should Know About
Marilyn Caylor 3/16/2017
Without a doubt, the one phone number that everyone has memorized is 911. Most of us call 911 at one point or another, whether to report an accident, or because of our own personal emergency.
Although no one ever wants to find themselves in a life or death situation, there's always the comfort of knowing that 911 is just a phone call away. But, what if you find yourself in a situation where you can't even talk? For example, if a gunman is in your home and you're trying to lay low in the closet, you don't want your voice to give away your location.
Did you know that 911 has new lifesaving features that you might not even know about? Keep on reading to find out how technological advances are now protecting you in brand new ways.
911 is now in par with a technological advance that has taken the world by storm - text messaging! Currently, only certain states support text-to-911, but this cool feature is slowly rolling out nationwide. Mobile phone providers that are supporting 911 texting include T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.
If you try to text 911 in a non-supported area, the FCC has regulations in place to notify you right away that it doesn't work. All wireless cell phone carriers are required by law to send you a bounce-back text message notifying you to contact 911 another way.
However, you shouldn't wait until an emergency pops up to find out if text messaging will even work! The FCC publishes a list, which is updated monthly, that let's you know if this feature is available in your area.
There is, however, something available to everyone. Did you know that 911 has a new upgrade in place that will shave off precious time during an emergency? It's called Smart911, and it can benefit you in so many ways!
Whenever you call 911, you have to tell the dispatcher your name and location. Now, you don't have to! If you go to the Smart911 website, you can enter in personal details and a "safety profile." When you call 911, this information will automatically pop up on the 911 dispatcher's computer screen.
Your personal profile is stored in a secure national database, and you can update it at any time.
Watch this video to find out how Smart911 can save your life.
No one wants to call 911, but sometimes it's necessary. And if you ever find yourself in such a situation, it's so good to know that 911 is keeping up with technology. Don't you just love these new 911 features?