Bloody Mary, Chain Letters & Mobile 9-1-1 Calls

Urban legends… we’ve all heard them. Standing in front of a mirror and chanting “Bloody Mary” might bring you a gruesome looking guest. Breaking the chain and failing to forward an e-mail might keep your wish from coming true!

Calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone in San Francisco? Where does that call go? Many people think your call goes to California Highway Patrol. In reality your emergency call is answered by one of our dispatcher’s here in San Francisco.

San Francisco's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center

Calling 9-1-1 in SF on your cell? Your call comes SF’s 9-1-1 Dispatch Center ©Michael Mustacchi

So why the urban legend? That’s because in the past if you called 9-1-1 from your cell it would go to CHP dispatch center in Vallejo, which then re-directed the call to us. This changed when San Francisco became one of the first California cities to accept 9-1-1 calls from mobile phones. If you are on or near a freeway your call may still go to CHP. If this happens to you just ask to be transferred to San Francisco.

Want more 9-1-1 tips? Visit the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management!


Posted on January 28, 2014, in 911 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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