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Dispatchers Warn that Inactive Cell Phones can Still Call 911

Henderson 911 Emergency Communications sharing on Facebook that they have received 18 911 calls from non-working phones in just a few hours.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 3:21 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2021 4:07 PM

Henderson County Dispatch is reminding parents that even inactive cell phones can still call 911.

Henderson 911 Emergency Communications sharing on Facebook that they have received 18 911 calls from non-working phones in just a few hours.

They are reminding parents that any operational mobile phones with a signal can call 911, even if it’s not associated with any carrier or network.

They say, any inactive phone that is given to a child to play with can call 911.

Dispatchers have to determine if those calls are truly an emergency or not.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office says if a child accidentally calls 911, it is important to not hang up. The caller should stay on the line and explain to the dispatcher that there is no emergency.

Henderson County Dispatch says to be mindful when giving your child a phone to play with.

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