What about 911 prank calls?

It's a prank call when someone calls 911 for a joke or calls 911 and hangs up when no emergency exists. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 911 lines or dispatchers are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. This is a crime and you could be charged with unlawful use of the 911 system.

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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?