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Reverse 911 Call
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:02:20 PM »
I got a call today on my cell phone. It said "This is a reverse 911 call from {my city} regarding a west nile virus alert. Blah blah blah ...

I never even knew reverse 911 calls existed.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012, 03:13:49 PM »
It must be part of Homeland Security.  They know your every move. ;)
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2012, 03:16:40 PM »
Sounds like the typical hyerbolic nonsense that is par for 21rst Century life
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012, 03:19:52 PM »
I have heard of an emergency system that uses this method of communication. Sounds weird, but if something were truly going down, having a heads-up if I weren't watching the news could be life-saving. I think it simply automatically dials all numbers and plays an automated message. Its not as if they're targetting a specific person or even paying attention to who's getting the message. Just all numbers with a particular area code or whatever.
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012, 03:50:48 PM »
I never even knew reverse 911 calls existed.

I knew they did, but here in my county, one must register their number to receive the notifications.

http://www.elpasoteller911.org/?page_id=44

With all the relocating around people do, and the nationwide plans on cell phones, I don't see how the authorities think they could reach everyone in their jurisdiction.
Actually it doesn't. One could conceivably be all-powerful but not exceptionally intelligent.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2012, 04:12:26 PM »
I've called 911 a few times but hung up before it connected, at least I thought it didn't connect. They'd call me a few seconds later. But I've never been called by them with an automated message.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2012, 04:51:24 PM »
Here in California, reverse 911 calls usually happen to warn residents to evacuate due to fires.
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2012, 05:31:05 PM »
Ive only called 911 once.  I saw some teenager trying to put out his car-fire with a dixie-cup of water (btw, I think I was 19 or so at the time).  Thought "yeah, that isn't going to work" called, then went outside with a fire-extinguisher to put it out as he arrived with I think his 3rd cup of water.
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2012, 05:40:06 PM »
^maybe that's all he had. The effort is what counts.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2012, 06:12:49 PM »
He was pulling out of his grandfathers driveway... who happens to own a junkyard.... im betting he had a fire extinguisher.  ;)
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2012, 08:06:11 PM »
We use Nixle for alerts by SMS and email.
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2012, 08:34:04 PM »
Hal, check the fine details of your phone bill; chances are you're paying a little extra for the reverse 911 service.  We do in our area. 
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2012, 08:50:53 PM »
^that must suck.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2012, 09:28:12 PM »
^maybe that's all he had. The effort is what counts.

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Totally disagree with this statement.

Results are what count, effort has much to do with results, but only the results will count.

When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2012, 09:31:22 PM »
Just read our town is installing a reverse 911 system. Some people who commented said not to subscribe as you will get enough stuff it will feel like harassment. I'll try to update this after the system goes live and I have some first hand knowledge of how it works. 
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2012, 10:52:19 PM »
Someone hit the rear of my van one day, so I called 911.  They already knew my exact location, and sent a police car.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2012, 06:04:47 AM »
I just got a reverse 911 PM!  :o

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2012, 06:10:46 AM »
even with my keyguard on, my pocket likes to call 911 like twice a week. they always call back and ask if there's a problem... i'm damn near on a first name basis with these guys, it happens so often.
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2012, 07:40:26 AM »
even with my keyguard on, my pocket likes to call 911 like twice a week. they always call back and ask if there's a problem... i'm damn near on a first name basis with these guys, it happens so often.

This is becoming an increasing problem, to the point where something like one out of every four 911 calls, at least in somce places, is a pocket-dial.

Please change the way you carry your cell phone.  This kind of drain on 911 resources is not a minor matter.  The thirty seconds that the 911 operator has to take to deal with your pocket dial is another thirty seconds that the car crash victim has to wait for help, which can quite literally be the difference between life and death.
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2012, 05:57:58 PM »
even with my keyguard on, my pocket likes to call 911 like twice a week. they always call back and ask if there's a problem... i'm damn near on a first name basis with these guys, it happens so often.

This is becoming an increasing problem, to the point where something like one out of every four 911 calls, at least in somce places, is a pocket-dial.

Please change the way you carry your cell phone.  This kind of drain on 911 resources is not a minor matter.  The thirty seconds that the 911 operator has to take to deal with your pocket dial is another thirty seconds that the car crash victim has to wait for help, which can quite literally be the difference between life and death.

Then it could also be serious flaws in cell phone design.  Consumers might be able to make adjustments, but manufacturers really need to step up their game.  I put this mostly on them.

However, if I was constantly "pocket-dialing" 911, I would definitely make some sort of adjustment.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2012, 08:05:46 PM »
pianodwarf,

I don't think that's necessarily true. My Uncle was a FHP dispatcher for a long time[1] and he used to talk about calls of such instances, and stated it's not really that big of a deal since most 911 calls are routed to the biggest city near by. Therefore, there's a lot of dispatchers taking calls. They are redirected to other dispatch centers in one's area when it is of concern to local issues.

I've even experienced that for my city. I always get Orlando's dispatchers rather than those in my city.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2012, 08:47:26 PM »

Please change the way you carry your cell phone. 

i've tried it in my other pocket... doesn't really make a difference.
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2012, 08:52:09 PM »
^ever tried keeping it turned off while you carry it? There's an idea.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2012, 08:57:23 PM »
^ what's the sense in carrying a cell phone if i'm just gonna keep it turned off?
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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2012, 09:06:41 PM »
Just while you carry it. Turn it back on when you're stationary.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2012, 09:22:57 PM »

Please change the way you carry your cell phone. 

i've tried it in my other pocket... doesn't really make a difference.

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Re: Reverse 911 Call
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2012, 10:03:22 PM »
Ive only called 911 once.  I saw some teenager trying to put out his car-fire with a dixie-cup of water (btw, I think I was 19 or so at the time).  Thought "yeah, that isn't going to work" called, then went outside with a fire-extinguisher to put it out as he arrived with I think his 3rd cup of water.

Don't want to derail things.. but I put out an engine fire with a cup of coffee once.
Was driving to work with my wife when the engine started spewing smoke.  So we pulled over and popped the hood.  Turns out the alternator had locked up or something and was actually glowing red enough to see it.  A moment later "poof" it burst into flames!

I whipped off my shirt and started beating it, but I'd beat out the flame and it'd 'poof' right back up.  Like one of those joke candles you can guy for people you want to piss off on their birthday. After the third time I ran to the car and grabbed our morning coffee... back to the front and poured it right on there. 

A moment later the scent of burnt coffee and relief was in the air.

Least I didn't have to try and climb up on the bumper and hang my bits out over a flaming engine at rush hour to try to put it out.  That probably wouldn't have worked out so well.

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