Cellular 9-1-1 calls are handled very differently from land-based 9-1-1 calls. Cell phone calls do not go to the nearest (and proper) local police authority like it would when you call from your home. Instead, these calls are transferred to the state police.
For this reason, you should always use a land-based phone whenever possible. Only if you must call from a cell phone, should you use it.
When dialing 9-1-1 from your cell phone, remember to do the following:
Give your name and cell phone number to insure that if you are disconnected, that you can be called back.
Give your EXACT location. Unlike when you call from home, your location is unknown to the police until you tell them where you are. Be sure you can give a landmark (cross-streets, address, etc.) so that your call can be transferred properly and ensure that you receive the quickest response time possible.
With most cell phones, 9-1-1 is automatically dialed when you hold down the '9' key. Refer to your owner's manual to see if your cell phone has this feature.
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