National 911 Program Releases Resources for New 9-1-1 Laws
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 | Comments

The National 911 Program released resources and tools to help public-safety professionals and the public understand Kari’s Law and Ray Baum’s Act. The FCC recently approved rules implementing those two acts.

Kari’s Law requires that multiline telephone systems (MLTS) allow direct dialing of 9-1-1. The law is named after Kari Hunt, who was killed in a Texas hotel room by her estranged husband in 2013. Hunt’s young daughter attempted to call 9-1-1 four times but was unable to because she did not know the phone required the dialing of 9 before a number to get out.

The requirements from Kari’s Law went into effect on February 16. Under the law, vendors and manufacturers must configure new phone systems to support direct dialing of 9-1-1.

Ray Baum’s Act sets requirements for making dispatchable location information available to public-safety answering points (PSAPs). The FCC recently announced compliance dates for Ray Baum’s Act.

The National 911 Program made available Excel and PDF documents that provide an overview of legislation; detailed lists of state laws, FCC rules and terms; compliance rules and deadlines; and an interactive checklist to track progress toward compliance.

Find the resources here.

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