In 1968, following the recommendation from the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice that a single number should be established nationwide for reporting emergency situations, AT&T established the digits 9-1-1 as the emergency code throughout the United States; Congress designated 9-1-1 as the national emergency number under the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999. The first 9-1-1 call was placed on February 16, 1968 by Senator Rankin Fite in Haleyville, Alabama. Since that first emergency call more than 50 years ago, 9-1-1 usage has become commonplace.
Recognizing the importance of proper 9-1-1 usage, in 2008 Congress recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month. This campaign emphasizes public education on the optimal use of 9-1-1 services. Additionally, the second week of April is National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week (NPSTW). Throughout the week, show appreciation for the Public Safety Telecommunicators who calmly get help to those who need it most.