Imagine calling 9-1-1. You are immediately overcome with a sense of panic. Time slows down, and you begin to worry when the help you called for will arrive. Now, imagine if help never comes. This was the case for one Twitter user, who has now made it a mission to spread awareness about some major shortcomings in our country’s emergency preparedness. The user's feed implores followers to take their safety seriously and learn about potential points of exposure when calling 9-1-1.
It’s hard to fathom a time when calling 9-1-1 wasn’t an option. Today, nearly 99% of people across the US have access to dialing this ubiquitous number. However, it has only been a little over fifty years since the first 9-1-1 call was successfully placed in Haleyville, Alabama. Even more shocking is the fact that 50% of the US was without 9-1-1 implementation until practically 1990. Our society’s almost absolute reliance on this one number in such a short period of time is astounding.
I recently began working for RedSky Technologies...as a writer. I never thought I would say I work for a tech company, but here we are! Since I’ve started, I’ve been busy writing all about E911, its importance, and how we fit into 9-1-1. So, I figured I’d switch things up.
In the emergency response world, there has been disappointing news lately; the lack of accurate location data associated with cell calls, the lack of funding from state and local authorities to upgrade networks, and shift from land-lines to cellular and other communication methods which upends the whole financial model on which emergency response exists.