Listen, I like to be prepared. And when disaster strikes, my brain disappears. Plus, I was recently talking to Kathy (of the fabulous Panini Happy and Cooking on the Side) and she pointed out that since her and my cell phones have different area codes than our home phones, 911 might not locate us. To find out if that was the case as well as when to call 911 versus when to just head to the hospital, how to handle broken bones and more, Breezy Mama turned to Douglas Babcock, a police sergeant, emergency services dispatcher, EMT and former firefighter, to learn what to do in case of emergency.
Many parents are using only cell phones these days and no longer have landlines. When dialing 911, can people be located by their cell? More specifically, my cell phone has a different area code than my hometown. If I were to dial 911, would I be calling a different city?
Calling 911 from a cell phone will route the call to the nearest 911 call center based on the tower location your phone connected with. It is not based on the phone number assigned to your phone. Because it takes time for the cell companies to locate where a call is coming from, and they may only be able to estimate within a mile or so, it is critical that [Read more…] about What to Do in Case of Emergency