Wednesday, August 08, 2007

911's state of emergency in Missouri

Wow. I grew up in Missouri. I had no idea that things had gotten this bad:
Eighteen counties in Missouri -- about 16 percent - lack local 911 service on landline phones. Tracking cell phone calls is even spottier.

Half of Missouri's counties lack the ability to track cell phone callers' locations at all. Only 20 statewide can pinpoint a caller's location, while some can find a general area.

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"Ours is one of the worst in the nation, and actions must be taken to correct this life-threatening problem," James said. "I pray that we don't have to have a catastrophe occur before we have the courage to fix this situation."

About three-fourths of Missouri's 171 emergency call centers also have outdated equipment and need technology improvements, such as the ability to share data with each other in a major disaster, James said.
Those quotes are from Missouri's Public Safety Director Mark James as he's lobbying for a $0.75 monthly fee on all wireless phones to support improvements to the state's 911 service.

Would you pay 75 cents per month for 911 service?

Link (via The Consumerist)

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2 Comments:

Blogger Jack Gentle said...

This is crazy!

The fact that we're spending the money we're spending outside our borders when basic deficiencies such as this exist in our own country is completely ridiculous.

$75 a month for knowing that professionals will know how to reach you in an emergency is chump change.

How much is your cable bill?

Thu Sep 06, 09:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger brad77 said...

That's $0.75. Those are cents, not dollars! That's not a cable bill, that's the change between the cushions of your couch!

Fri Sep 07, 02:04:00 AM PDT  

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