While the ubiquity of mobile devices has made communication easier, it has also caused some problems, particularly for emergency services. For example, there have been a number of cases when medical responders have been unable to quickly locate a person who has called 911 from a cell phone.
In response to this recognized issue, the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) recently joined Find Me 911 to help emergency workers quickly pinpoint an individual who may be severely injured or in need of help.
"Find Me 911 is working to address the critical issue of accurately locating 911 callers, which is an important safety issue for our members," said Richard Fiesta, executive director for the ARA. "We look forward to working together to ensure emergency response personnel receive fast and accurate location information for all 911 calls, because every second counts."
Jamie Barnett, director of Find Me 911 and former director of the Public Safety Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, noted while cell phones typically have technology that allows them to be located, this information isn't always accurate.
"With an increased number of seniors using wireless phones, it is vital that dispatchers receive faster, more accurate information to keep seniors and others safe," said Barnett
Approximately 240 million calls are made to 911 each year, according to the National Emergency Number Association., Based on FCC figures, roughly 33% of these calls are made from a wireless phone.