What is 911?

911 is the number to call for emergencies (police, medical, fire). A 911 call goes over dedicated phone lines to the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the area the caller is calling from, and trained personnel then send the emergency help needed. The very first 911 service in the nation was implemented in Haleyville, Alabama in February of 1968.

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1. What is 911?
2. What if a 911 caller is deaf or hearing/speech impaired?
3. When should you use 911?
4. How do you make a 911 call?
5. Who pays for 911?
6. What about 911 prank calls?