NENA's Statement on "1-1-2" Misinformation!
Social Media Posts Urge Americans To Call
Incorrect Emergency Number
You may have seen recent posts on social media sites urging people in
the U.S. to dial 1-1-2 rather than 9-1-1 in certain emergencies. This
is bad advice.
The posts claim that 1-1-2 is especially effective if you are being
pulled over in your car and want to ensure that you are dealing with the
police. It also claims that by dialing 1-1-2, your call will be
answered faster and may go directly to the police.
Here are the facts:
FACT: 1-1-2 is the European emergency number. Several wireless
providers offer mobile phones that can use either system for emergency
calls, depending on the user's location. ·
FACT: While dialing 1-1-2 in the United States may work on certain
devices and on certain wireless networks, the only way to ensure that
your call for emergency assistance gets through is to dial 9-1-1. When
a caller tries to use 1-1-2 in the United States, the call may not go
through. Even if it does, 1-1-2 provides no special emergency call
handling in fact, it adds a delay due to it having to be converted
to "9-1-1" and then routed to the appropriate 9-1-1 call center.
FACT: No one should ever call 1-1-2 just to "test" if it works;
you'll tie up public safety resources and waste valuable time for
people facing real emergencies. The bottom line is that anyone calling
for emergency assistance in the United States or Canada should always
dial 9-1-1 for the fastest and most effective response.