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Why was 911 chosen as the emergency phone number?

During an emergency, we are told to dial 9-1-1. How and why was that number selected as the emergency phone number for the entire United States?

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  • 10 Worst Reasons People Have Called 911
    10 Worst Reasons People Have Called 911

    Having trouble with your homework? Looking to meet a nice guy? Need some cigarettes? Who you gonna call? 911? Believe it or not, all of these are actual 911 calls. And they aren't the worst examples of emergency number misuse. See more »

  • Do fire poles really save time?
    Do fire poles really save time?

    The image of a firefighter sliding down a pole to his truck and gear as alarms scream in the background is nothing short of iconic. But is it really necessary? Does sliding down a pole save time? See more »

  • How 9-1-1 Works
    How 9-1-1 Works

    The idea behind 9-1-1 is pretty simple: Give people a single, easy-to-remember number to call to receive help during any life-threatening situation. Learn how 9-1-1 got started and how it works. See more »

  • How AMBER Alert Works
    How AMBER Alert Works

    It's an all too terrifying reality: Thousands of children are kidnapped each year. The AMBER Alert system gets the word out quickly when a child is taken. Find out how AMBER Alert works. See more »

  • How Emergency Rooms Work
    How Emergency Rooms Work

    Movies and TV shows depict emergency rooms as insanely intense places. But do you want to know what an emergency department in a hospital is really like? Learn all about what goes on in a real-life ER. See more »

  • How FEMA Works
    How FEMA Works

    Although much of FEMA's recent press has been negative, for more than 20 years the agency has been a powerful force in helping Americans prepare for, deal with and recover from some of the worst disasters in history. What type of aid does FEMA provide? See more »

  • How Firefighter Training Works
    How Firefighter Training Works

    To a typical kid, the only thing cooler than a firetruck is a person who rides in one. Take a closer look at what it takes to become a municipal firefighter and examine different elements of their training. See more »

  • How Rehab Works
    How Rehab Works

    While all rehab centers and programs aim to treat addiction, not all offer the amenities of an upscale resort. Learn about rehab's beginnings in prohibition and the types of treatment available today. See more »

  • Who should get tested for HIV?
    Who should get tested for HIV?

    On June 27 of each year, local, state and national organizations observe National HIV Testing Day: a day to promote HIV testing and dispel the stigma surrounding HIV. Who should take the opportunity to get tested this year? See more »

  • What do the big diamond-shaped signs with red yellow and blue diamonds mean?
    What do the big diamond-shaped signs with red yellow and blue diamonds mean?

    Many buildings in my area have a big red, yellow and blue diamond-shaped sign with numbers on it. Do you know what this sign means? See more »

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