Today Kari’s Law goes into requires campuses, office building or hotel no longer must you dial “9” to call 9-1-1. You must be able to direct dial 9-1-1.
IMPORTANT: On February 16, 2020, Kari’s Law goes into effect. Spread the word! When you are in a hotel, campus or office building, make sure they are in compliance. If not, educate them about the law! No one should ever need to dial an extra number (usually “9”) to call 9-1-1 again!
In case you don’t know the background to this – it is a heart-wrenching story of Kari’s murder, Hank Hunt’s granddaughter who tried to call 911 but couldn’t get through, a promise he made, and his successful crusade to fix a glaring problem with 911 calls. In 2013, Hank Hunt’s daughter, Kari, was attacked and killed by her estranged husband in a Marshall, Texas hotel room. Kari’s nine-year-old daughter was in the room and tried calling 911 on the hotel phone. She dialed 911 four times as her mother was attacked. But not one of her calls ever went through. Why? The hotel phone required guests to dial a “9” before calling outside the hotel—even for 911. Since that day, Hank and his family have worked tirelessly—and successfully—with the FCC and Congress to change the law so that a “9” is no longer needed for 911 calls from multi-line systems like hotel phones. His efforts culminated in Kari’s Law