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Trumbull County 911 is happy to assist its citizens by answering as many frequently asked questions possible.  If your question does not appear on the following list, please feel free to message us on our Facebook Page.

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What should I do if I accidently dial 911?

If you dial 911 by mistake, or if a child in your home dials 911 when no emergency exists, do not hang up—that could make 911 officials think that a emergency exists and possibly send responders to your location.  Instead simply explain to the call-taker what happened.


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Can I dial 911 from a wireless phone with a wireless calling plan?

All wireless phones including those that are not subscribed to or supported by a specific carrier can be used to dial 911.  These uninitialized phones are often used to place malicious or fake calls to 911 call centers. These calls are a burden on the 911 system because they require the answering center to confirm whether or not an emergency truly exists.  Oftentimes parents provide these uninitialized wireless phones as toys for young children, unaware that if the child dials 911, a live call will be connected with the local 911 call center. If a child dials 911 when no emergency exists do not hang up!  That could make 911 officials think that an emergency exists, and possibly send responders to the location. Instead, simply explain to the call-taker what happened.


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What happens when you call 9-1-1?

Many 911 call centers follow protocols that guide callers through a sequence of questions to quickly obtain information necessary for dispatching the right responders to the right location. Call-takers may also provide instructions about what to do until help arrives. Even though protocols are designed to help call-takers reassure callers and take charge of the situation, the experience can be stressful for a 911 caller who is not accustomed to dealing with emergencies. When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker's questions, which may include:

1.  The location of the emergency, including the street address
2. The phone number you are calling from
3. The nature of the emergency
4.   Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency. 

Remember, the call-taker's questions are important to get the right kind of help to you as quickly as possible. Be prepared to follow any instructions the call-taker gives you. Many 911 centers can tell you exactly what to do until help arrives, such as providing step-by-step instructions to aid someone who is choking or needs first aid or CPR. Do not hang up until the call-taker instructs you to do so.


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How can I prevent my child from accidently dialing 9-1-1?

Teaching children appropriate use of the 911 system is as important as teaching them how to place a 911 call.  A variety of resources are available to help parents and educators train children when and how to call 911.  For more information, visit 911 for Kids.  Parents should also be aware that wireless phones without a current calling plan through a wireless service provider are still capable of connecting a call to a local 911 center. Children should be told not to dial 911 from these old, or uninitialized phones with a charged battery, as a live call will be connected with the local 911 call center. If a child dials 911 when no emergency exists, do not hang up—that could make 911 officials think that an emergency exists, and possibly send responders to the location. Instead, simply explain to the call-taker what happened.


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How do I place a “test” call to make sure 9-1-1 works for me?

Test calls confirm that your local 911 service can receive your 911 call and has the correct location information. Test calls can be scheduled by contacting your local 911 call center via its non-emergency phone number.

To find the non-emergency, 10-digit phone number for your local 911 call center, conduct an Internet search for the non-emergency number of the local law enforcement agency. When you speak with law enforcement staff, explain that you do not have an emergency but would like to request the local 911 call center's non-emergency 10-digit phone number.


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What are 911 apps?

A number of private companies have developed and sell a variety of smartphone and computer applications intended to supplement the use of 911. Because 911 system capabilities vary across the United States, it is important that application developers have confirmed that their company/organization has the legal authority to contact 911 on a caller's behalf. If you have any questions regarding the use of a particular app with the call center in your community, please contact the application provider directly, to ask questions about legal authority or the use of their application by a specific 911 call center.


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How can I register my Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)?

VoIP service allows users to place and receive calls to and from traditional phone numbers using an Internet connection and can be used in place of traditional phone service. Because VoIP phones can be used anywhere an Internet connection is available, the 911 call center cannot locate callers unless the VoIP device is registered to a physical address through the VoIP provider. Anytime the VoIP phone is moved from one location to another, the owner should contact the provider to update the new physical location of the device. Learn more about VoIP devices from the FCC.