Is 911 a Joke in Your Town?

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The 911 emergency call number has been around for more than 30 years, with the goal of rapid response to impending disaster, medical problems or crimes in progress.  Cell-phone technology ought to be bringing us closer to that objective, but in 40 percent of America's counties, it's not. In Cherokee County, Oklahoma, a woman being beaten by an intruder in front of her 3- and 4-year old daughters dialed 911 on her cell phone and threw it under a sofa, but operators could do nothing but listen for almost a half hour. Authorities lacked the technology needed to find her.  Patrick Halley speaks for the National Emergency Number Association.



  • Patrick Halley - Spokesman for the National Emergency Number Association


Warren Olney