The Redsky E911 Blog
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. A citizen, not a company, taking up the mantle in this arena piqued my interest.
Welcome to Our Countdown to Federal E911 Legislation…
Are you prepared for when the new federal E911 legislation goes into effect this September? We will be discussing a different state every Thursday, so you can get the most up-to-date E911 information about your state’s requirements, what this means for you, and what you can do to become compliant. The first state we’re discussing is close to home, literally. It’s where we were founded, and where we still operate today: the Land of Lincoln, Illinois.
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. The phrase “Cisco Live” had been floating around the office ever since I started, and I decided to get the inside scoop. I sat down with Ken Rosko, our VP of Business Development, self described king of the universe and resident Cisco Live pro, to talk about the biggest event of the year.
John Oliver recently covered the myriad of problems the emergency response community faces. Although we are excited to see 911 getting coverage in the headlines, we couldn't help but feel we should address some of the points made in the video. Our very own Jerry Eisner, Director of Public Safety took John to task and outlined how to get our industry back on track:
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.