I am not sure if the public is not educated enough on the proper use of 911 or the public in general is just lazy. There are non-emergency numbers posted in every phone book all across the nation and a little thing known at 411, information, can give people these numbers as well. People can even use the new Google information at 1-800-466-4411.
People apparently do not realize that every time they call 911 for something such as their auto being broken into sometime overnight and a purse or laptop was taken because they left it in the auto and they haven’t a clue who did it, they may be taking an emergency dispatcher away from someone calling because a loved one is having a heart attack.
Of course i cannot begin to understand why anyone would leave anything of value in a vehicle in the first place unless it was locked inside the trunk. It is asking for trouble. Obviously the person isn’t thinking at all, but that is another rant entirely.
Another thing that ties up 911 lines are auto accidents on a busy street or highway. Stop and think for a minute. If you did NOT witness this accident and it is in the middle of the day when traffic is heavy and you happen upon an accident or it occurred several cars up in front of you, do you call 911? How many other people do you think have a cell phone and will be calling? There are 6.8 billion people in the world and 5 billion of them currently have a cell phone. This does not include everyone that has a non-service cell phone that can only dial 911. Usually a 911 center is inundated with calls about accidents during peak traffic times when traffic is heavy, which can sometimes delay emergency response by getting the call dispatched.
So, people really need to think, should I call? A rule of thumb is if traffic is heavy, you did not witness the accident and cannot provide details other than it being a car wreck, you probably shouldn’t call. Now, if you are on a highway in the middle of the night with very few cars around and you come upon an accident, definitely call as there is no way to determine how long the accident has been there and since traffic is light, there may not have been anyone else report it, especially if the people in the accident are injured. It is just a matter of thinking.
I also mentioned that cell phones with no service, meaning you took the sim card out of it or you no longer use that phone or cell service, but has a charged battery and the phone will turn on CAN be used to dial 911. I recommend people maybe putting an old cell phone with a charged battery in their glove box for emergencies (prefer a newer model with gps capabilities as it can be tracked) and check the charge occasionally. It can be used to call 911. Let me repeat that, A WORKING CELL PHONE WITH A CHARGED BATTERY BUT HAS NO SERVICE PROVIDER/CONTRACT/SIM CARD CAN BE USED TO CALL 911. Please remember that when you give these phones to babies. toddlers and little kids to play with. There are numerous calls received at 911 centers by kids that are playing with these phones because people do not realize they can be used for 911.
If you read closely above, you may be asking yourself, “did I just read that cell phones can be tracked?” Yes, you did. With technology, many PSAP/911 centers are upgrading to equipment that can track cell phones by using gps and/or triangulation, depending on the wireless provider, to locate the position of the cell phone. Used in conjunction with a mapping system that most upgraded 911 centers have, your position can be located by the dispatcher and you can be tracked just by the click of a button if you are moving. This is why I say to put a newer no service cell in your car that can be tracked. If you were to have an accident and your cell phone is lost somewhere in the car after the accident, and you can reach the glove box, you can turn the phone on and call 911. If you are lucky to be in an area where the 911 center has up to date equipment, they can find you even if you do not know where you are. Yes, I just said “if you are lucky enough to be in an area” where the equipment is up to date. Not all 911 centers can do this but officials are pushing for them to upgrade. It has saved lives.
One more piece of information about 911. Yes, 911 is nationwide. No, you cannot call 911 in one state and be expected to talk to someone in another state. 911 centers are local, usually by county or region/metro. So, if you are talking to a family member that is in Williamsport, PA and you are at home in Jacksonville, FL, and something happens to that family member while you are on the phone with them and you want to call their local police/ems to check on them, you will get Jacksonville 911 if you call 911 because that is where you are. There are no special buttons that can be pushed to automatically transfer you to Williamsport 911. Your local 911 center may give you the number, but only after they have googled it. So, save time, google the numbers yourself and cut out tying up your local center. Just a little info about 911.
With all of the above being said, I have taken some information from the Wood County, WV 911 web site about calling 911 and hope that you will read it and share it with family and friends.
Prepare to educate yourself below.
What is an Emergency?
“An event or occurrence demanding immediate action; or any condition endangering or thought to be endangering life or property”
* Accidents with Injuries
* Fire (or smell of smoke)
* Crime in Progress
* Breathing Problems
* Choking/unconscious person
* Stabbing, shooting
* Fights or displays of weapons
* Other life-threatening situations
Not An Emergency
* Minor accidents (no injuries)
* Barking dogs
* Late report of crime
* Power outage during a storm
* Abandoned vehicle
* Loud Parties
* Weather and road conditions
* Keys locked in vehicle
* Legal advice
DO NOT call 9-1-1 for information, directory assistance, when you’re bored and just want to talk, for paying tickets, for your pet, as a prank.
What About 9-1-1 Prank Calls?
It’s a prank call when someone calls 9-1-1 for a joke, or calls 9-1-1 and hangs up. Prank calls not only waste time and money, but can also be dangerous. If 9-1-1 lines or Telecommunicators are busy with prank calls, someone with a real emergency may not be able to get the help they need. In most places, it’s against the law to make prank 9-1-1 calls.
If you call 9-1-1 by mistake, DO NOT hang up. Tell the Telecommunicator what happened so they know there is not an emergency.
Dialing Tips and Procedures
If an emergency situation arises (a crime, a fire, a serious injury or illness) ask yourself whether POLICE, FIRE DEPARTMENT, or MEDICAL assistance is needed RIGHT NOW to protect life or property. If the answer is yes, then immediately dial 9-1-1 and tell the Telecommunicator what has happened or is happening. If you are ever in doubt of whether a situation is an emergency you should call 9-1-1. It’s better to be safe and let the 9-1-1 Telecommunicator determine if you need emergency assistance.
When Dialing 911 You Should
* Stay calm. Give your name, location, and nature of the emergency.
* Listen carefully to the Telecommunicator for helpful information.
* Answer the Telecommunicator’s questions as accurately as possible. Speak clearly and slowly.
* NEVER hang up on the 9-1-1 Telecommunicator until you are told to do so.
* If there’s a fire, stay low in the smoke and get out of the house. Call from a neighbor’s house or pay phone.
Ideas to Help at Home
* Keep your phone at an easy to reach level, like on the coffee table.
* A cordless phone offers you mobility in your home.
* Write your address and telephone number in large print on or near your phone.
* Make sure your address is on the FRONT of your house.
* Do not program 9-1-1 into the speed dial. It can inadvertently be dialed.
* TEACH your children how to use 9-1-1 for emergencies.
Hearing/Speech Impaired Callers
Communications centers that answer 9-1-1 calls have special text telephones to respond to 9-1-1 calls from deaf or hearing/speech impaired callers.If a caller uses a TTY/TDD, the caller should:
* Stay calm, place the phone receiver in the TTY, dial 9-1-1.
* After the call is answered, press the TTY keys several times. This may help shorten the time necessary to respond to the call.
* Give the telecommunicator time to connect their TTY. If necessary, press the TTY keys again. The 9-1-1 telecommunicator should answer and type “GA” for go ahead.
* Tell the telecommunicator what the emergency is and what assistance you require; tell him or her if you need the fire department, police, or EMS. Give your name, phone number, and the address where help is needed.
* Stay on the telephone if it is safe. Answer the telecommunicator’s questions.
Types of Phones You Can Use
* Touch Tone
* Pay Phones (No money is needed–simply press the numbers 9-1-1)
* TDD/TTY (Deaf and Hearing/Speech Impaired)
Calling 911 on a Cellular Phone
* If you are in your vehicle, pull off to the side of the road
* Dial 9-1-1
* Tell the Telecommunicator the location of the emergency and your call back cellular phone number.
* Be Patient.
Ready to Call 911?
9-1-1 Telecommunicators are trained to get as much information as possible regarding 9-1-1 calls. To be ready to answer their questions, read these examples of the three most common 9-1-1 calls:
* Automobile Accident
o Give the Street and block number or the nearest major location.
o Tell if there are injuries.
o Report information such as fuel spills, possible fire danger, etc.
* Suspicious Person
o Give the sex, race, age of the person(s).
o Give a clothing description.
o Describe the suspicious activity.
* Suspicious Vehicle
o Get the vehicle description, color, make, model, year, and anything unusual about the vehicle. Try to tell all that you can.
o Are there people in the vehicle? If so, how many? Age? Race? Sex? Clothing description?
o Is the vehicle parked or moving? If it’s moving, tell the direction of travel.
What to do if you can’t speak
* Stay calm
* Dial 9-1-1
* Either leave the phone hanging or make some sort of noise to let the dispatcher know there is an emergency.
In an emergency, remember to…
* Dial 9-1-1
* Stay Calm
* State which emergency service you need: Police/Sheriff, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service
* Speak Clearly
* State your emergency
* State your address–it’s very important to verify your address
Remember reasons to call 9-1-1 are:
* Crimes in progress (this means shots fired, disturbances, suspicious persons or activities, crimes involving serious injury)
* Accidents, accidents with injury
* Life and Death Situations
* Medical Emergencies
* Someone is Injured
* To Prevent a Crime
* To Report a Fire
Tips for Seniors
* Invest in a touch-tone phone with large, easy-to-read numbers. Put a DIAL 9-1-1 reminder next to the phone.
* Keep your medical history and a list of the medications you are taking in an envelope taped to your refrigerator with your doctor’s name and phone number on it.
* Do not dial “0” for help. DIAL 9-1-1
These bullies should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This 14 year old suffered humiliation that he will carry with him for life. I have to tolerance for bullies. My son has been bullied and the bully was caught in the act so I know what kids can go through at the hands of these bullies. The thing is, these bullies must be cowards that have a lack of self esteem or possibly suffer from a tiny penis. Below is the article I read regarding this incident.
Boy, 14, Allegedly Tattooed Against His Will By Bullies
by Tom Henderson May 24th 2010 6:30PM
A 14-year-old boy in Concord, N.H., claims he was bullied into getting a tattoo on his buttocks May 10.
His father tells the local paper, the New Hampshire Union Leader, that bullies at Concord High School threatened to beat the boy if he didn’t submit to the tattoo.
According to the father, the boy has attention deficit disorder and has been habitually bullied by older students.
The bullies allegedly told him they would quit harassing him if he got a tattoo showing the outline of a male sex organ and offensive terms. If he refused to get the tattoo, the father tells the paper, they vowed to “kick the crap out of him.”
The father and mother reportedly learned what happened two days later after a teacher overheard students talking about the incident in the hall. Cell phone images of the tattoo have also been circulating, the father tells the Union Leader.
“Honestly, when I heard this on the phone, I was so distraught, I left work immediately,” the father tells the paper.
The parents took the boy to a doctor to be checked out, and while he is physically fine, it will cost thousands of dollars to remove the tattoo.
Teachers reportedly want to pay for the laser treatments, but the dad has other ideas.
“I think the kids should pay for the laser removal,” he tells the paper.
Charged in the incident are Blake VanNest, Donald “D.J.” Wyman, Ryan Fisk and Travis Johnston. None of the suspects are juveniles. Police tell the Union Leader a 15-year-old juvenile — who allegedly bought the tattoo gun for $30 as a souvenir — also will be charged.
VanNest was charged with two counts of simple assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, tattooing without a license, indecent exposure, criminal threatening and breach of bail.
Fisk was charged with two counts of simple assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, tattooing without a license, sale of a controlled drug, criminal threatening and breach of bail.
Wyman was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal liability for the conduct of another and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a minor.
Johnson was charged with conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a minor.
Fisk allegedly did the actual tattooing. When he was done, he and the others reportedly took the boy outside Johnston’s home where a group of students waited to look and laugh while the victim was forced to drop his pants. Fisk allegedly gave the victim a bag of marijuana as payment for the humiliation.
According to court documents, VanNest told police the tattoo was his idea and admitted that he preyed on the younger, unpopular and frequently picked-on boy.
Tragically, this incident could likely have been avoided, Dr. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist who has written 23 books on parenting, tells ParentDish.
Borba keeps a picture of an 11-year-old boy who was bullied to death in her pocket as a reminder of what can happen when bullying goes unchecked.
Adults need to spot the warning signs of bullying, she says. The problem almost always starts gradually and escalates.
“That’s the cold-blooded viciousness of it,” she says.
Notice the alleged bullies in this case threatened to “stop” if the victim got the tattoo, Borba says. That means he had been tormented for some time. And kids knew it: That’s why they were talking about it in the halls. That’s why there was an audience waiting for him to drop his pants.
“Kids always talk,” Borba says. “There’s always a grapevine that gets through.”
She suggests schools offer anonymous tip boxes to be alerted to bullies. The trick is to make a general comment box, she adds, so kids won’t be afraid to be seen dropping in notes.
Researchers at the University of Toronto did a study on bullying to find out who are the most likely targets and found bullies will pick on just about any mental or physical difference they can find.
Parents should try to pinpoint such vulnerabilities first, Borba says.
“What parents need to do is get in the shoes of the kid,” she says.
That way, she adds, parents and children can rehearse responses and comebacks that diffuse bullies rather than giving them the emotional reactions they crave.
“We need to teach kids these comebacks also as a life skill,” Borba says.
Kids also need to learn to stay safe by avoiding isolated bathrooms, locker areas and other places where bullies can do their business away from watchful adults, Borba says. For example, she adds, kids can sit to the school bus driver’s immediate right — the most defensible position on the bus.
Borba also says kids need safe havens at school where they can turn in times of trouble. This could be the school nurse or their beloved band director. They must have someone and someplace to go to when parents aren’t available, she says.
“Someone needs to be the listener,” Borba says. “Our kids need someone to be their hero or savior.”
The tattoo victim’s father tells the Union Leader his son was handling the incident well until it became public.
“He’s overwhelmed with it,” he says.
The parents of his son’s girlfriend reportedly called to say they don’t want the boy contacting her anymore.
“I respect her parents’ wishes, but it wasn’t his fault,” the father says. “He’s lost his first love over this.”
Related: When Your Child Is the Bully
I hope this site actually works. I am glad someone is intelligent enough to realize the crisis our country faces. We are almost as bad off as Greece. Greece deficit vs. GDP is 118 percent. The USA by the end of 2010 with be 92 percent vs GDP. Our country is near bankruptcy. Every one in the United States needs to go to this website, Watch the video and VOTE !!.. Hopefully it will work and will get something done in Washington and hold our leaders accountable. YOUCUT – Visit it NOW !! Click Here
An interesting article below. Just another way we all get ripped off and the government allows it.
When a rebate isn’t a rebate — it’s a ripoff
Mitch Lipka Sep 28th 2009 at 12:00PM
Filed under: Ripoffs and Scams, Shopping, Consumer Ally
They call them “rebate” cards. But they’re hardly a rebate. Instead, they are a mechanism to take millions of dollars due to consumers and give them back to the companies.
“Rebate cards are a colossal ripoff because sellers who long ago figured out how to make rebates difficult to obtain have now found a clever way to make them difficult to spend too,” said consumer advocate Edgar Dworsky, who runs the web site ConsumerWorld.org. “These are just inherently deceptive the way they are advertised.”
They are considered so deceptive that Canada recently issued guidelines to stop companies from using the word rebate when issuing consumers a card instead of a check.
Use of rebate cards is growing rapidly. In 2008, more than $4 billion worth were issued — up more than 50 percent over 2007, according to CreditCards.com.
Not only are these cards not actual rebates — although a handful of companies allow consumers to draw cash from them at ATMs — they come with hurdles that will keep all but the most industrious users from spending the full amount.
“The consumer has to go to the web site of the issuer and put in the password and find out how much money is left. If you go to the retailer without knowing the exact amount on the card they can’t take the card,” said Barbara Anthony, undersecretary of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.. “We are leaving money on the table that belongs to us because some retailers make it very difficult to find out what’s left on the cards. Millions of people across the country have these cards.”
Little government action has been taken so far about the cards in the U.S. partly because of how silently the money is drained away from the consumer and back to the company.
Mitch Katz, a spokesman for the FTC said, said his agency is aware of the issue and welcomes any consumer complaints about problems with the cards.
AT&T, which issues the cards in certain offers with its wireless phones, took a hit earlier this year when New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced he had reached a $2.63 million agreement with the company over “a misleading and deceptive sales promotion involving rebate offers that were fulfilled with onerous and condition-laden rebate cards.”
Massachusetts’ Anthony is particularly concerned, because of the growth in the use of these cards at the expense of the time-honored rebate — the actual return of money by check or deduction at the register. At first glance, these cards might seem like a reasonable alternate way to get back the promised money, but once you get one it’s pretty clear it isn’t.
Anthony has been hearing increasing complaints from consumers about these cards. Unlike store gift cards, which show you a balance remaining on your receipt, the balances on these cards cannot be seen or determined at the store.
So, if you have $25 left and try to spend $25.01 the card will be rejected. No mechanism is offered to allow the $25 to go through and the consumer pay the penny difference. To add insult to the insult, the cards often carry fees that can be drawn from them without the consumer’s knowledge and can expire in as little as 120 days, as AT&T’s do.
“It’s hard to take a lot of money from people – but it’s very easy to take small amounts of money from millions of people,” Anthony said.
WalletPop used one of the cards and found just the situation Anthony described. It is nearly impossible to drain the card of its full value. Two other consumer officials told WalletPop that they, too, were stuck with these cards in their wallets. The trick to using them is going to a store, such as Target, that allows so-called split tender transactions. You need to know the value of what’s left on the card and apply that first, then pay whatever else is left by another method. Otherwise, the transaction will get rejected.
” When most people think about rebates they don’t really think about a debit card,” Anthony said. “They’re thinking cash. This is something that has been fixed in our minds for generations.”
That same sort of thinking led the Canadian government this month to let companies know that they don’t consider the cards to be rebates and should not be marketed as such.
“We felt that gift cards couldn’t be considered to be a rebate because they were not applicable to the end price of the product for which the rebate is being offered,” said Madeleine Dussault, an assistant deputy commissioner in Canada’s Competition Bureau — similar to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
The issue over the cards in Canada stemmed mostly from trying to protect consumers from being misled, she said. A rebate, Dussault said, should involve the reduction of the price of a product either at the register or later by check. Companies can issue the cards, she said, they just can’t call them a rebate. They are gift cards, she said, and should be called that.
Some companies, such as Cooper Tire, explain in their rebate ads that Canadians will be issued checks, and U.S. customers will get the cards.
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See full article from WalletPop: http://srph.it/c9AoV6
What a way to honor our Marines. An outstanding Sheriff Deputy was fired for having a tattoo on the inside of his forearm of praying hands and dog tags. He and his platoon lost one of their own while serving in Iraq and the entire platoon got the same tattoo in memory of the soldier. I would say the Sheriff needs to revise his tattoo policy. They hired him knowing he had the tattoo and fired him without due process after he served his probation period.
Parkersburg News article link
Wood County deputy fired over tattoo
POSTED: April 29, 2010
PARKERSBURG – A former Wood County deputy is fighting for his job after being fired in April over a tattoo on his forearm.
Christopher Piggott, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and former Parkersburg firefighter, said the circumstances of his termination were unfair and his right to due process was violated.
“I’m not ready to give up my career in law enforcement. Being a deputy is something I’ve pursued all my life,” said 29-year-old Piggott. “This whole situation has dumbfounded a lot of people.”
Piggott received a letter of termination April 15, a little over a year after being hired by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and 11 days after the conclusion of his year-long probationary period, he said.
The termination was over Piggott’s refusal to remove a tattoo on his right forearm depicting two praying hands cupping a Marine Corps ID tag, an image memorializing his five years of service in the armed forces and his two tours of service in Iraq.
Above the hands is the phrase “Unless you were there,” etched in ink.
In 2008, the sheriff’s office implemented a new policy restricting visible tattoos. The policy states, “Tattoos are not to be visible while wearing the summer uniform.”
During his time as a deputy sheriff, Piggott said he covered the tattoo while on duty by wrapping a fitted black band around his forearm or wearing a long-sleeved uniform.
When asked to have the tattoo removed, Piggott refused. A few days later he was terminated, found to be in violation of the rules of conduct and personal appearance, he said.
“I was terminated rather quickly, and no due process was given,” said Piggott. “I feel it was dealt with in an unprofessional way.”
Piggott declined to confirm whether he signed any documentation when hired about agreeing to have his tattoo removed within a certain time frame.
Officials with the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association said the heart of the issue is the violation of the former deputy’s right to a board review before his termination.
Lt. Shawn Graham, president of the Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, said once a deputy’s probationary period has ended, he should be given the right to due process. Citing West Virginia Code 7-14-C, Graham said punitive issues should be presented to a review board before action is taken.
“We feel he was fired without proper procedure. The deputy sheriff’s association held a meeting on his behalf and voted to support Chris and try to get his job back,” said Graham. “I think we are doing what is in the best interest of the citizens. To lose one of our best officers over something like this is wrong.”
The Wood County Deputy Sheriff’s Association notified Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy about its decision to support Piggott. Graham said the association is lobbying for his reinstatement.
“I know many of our deputies have tattoos, and I think they are more socially acceptable now. I can’t think of anyone who would be offended by a tattoo,” said Graham. “The bottom line is, Chris is a fine young man and an asset to the sheriff’s office. His heart is in law enforcement.”
Piggott and his attorney George Cosenza have sent a letter to Sandy requesting reinstatement. A pre-disciplinary hearing was scheduled for May 19, but was postponed because several witnesses were unavailable, said Cosenza.
“I think there are legitimate issues that need to be resolved, and we are just in the beginning stages. Now that the sheriff has decided on punitive action, Piggott is entitled to a pre-disciplinary hearing,” said Cosenza. “There are issues regarding how he was notified of his termination and what exactly his status is now.”
Cosenza said Piggott was sent a letter of termination that advised him of his rights, and he is exercising his right to a pre-disciplinary hearing.
“If the review board believes punitive action should not be taken, the sheriff has a right to appeal to the civil service commission, and the same goes for Piggott. Depending on the outcome, the matter could end up in circuit court,” he said. “I do not believe a deputy sheriff can be fired without a pre-disciplinary hearing, and we have not yet had that hearing.”
Sandy said he could not comment on personnel issues under the advisement of Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton.
While Piggott awaits a decision, he has been working various construction jobs.
“I’m just trying to get reinstated. I’m a little nervous about the outcome,” Piggott said. “One of the big reasons I would feel comfortable going back to the department is because I know a lot of the deputies are backing me up.”