Emergency Numbers

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  1. michaelf

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    I just had an issue with a client who needed 911 and it didn't work even though I thought I had the system configured correctly.

    I had 911 set as the emergency number.
    I also had on the outbound rules the Emergency 911 rule modified to prepend a prefix number required by our provider when using IP based authentication (this happened to be Flowroute).

    They tried dialing 911 but it would fail. Looking at the activity log showed the prefix wasn't being applied. Once I deleted the emergency number from PBX settings, 911 worked perfectly. This should be noted for anyone using a provider or authentication method that requires prefixes. Luckily they had their cell phones nearby and were able to use them instead, and it's partially my fault for not testing it when I set it all up.

    3CX - Please add the option to modify the dialed number on emergency numbers as well since this can be very confusing since I didn't think it would completely override outbound call rules. (It does say "When dialled, this number will ignore outbound in office or out of office rules" but my assumption was that this only bypassed the permission blocking outbound calls outside office hours.

    Just thought I'd give everyone a heads-up just in case you have a similar issue.
     
  2. leejor

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    Emergency numbers should always be tested, not just assumed to work. Be sure to remain on the line to explain that it is only a test, or you will probably have the police knocking on your door,

    If you use an access prefix, you may want to consider outbound rules that will handle the emergency number with, and without, the prefix, for example 911 and 9911. If there is an emergency, the person doing the dialling may not realise that an access digit is required, and/or, depending on the severity of the situation, people panic, and are not thinking clearly.
     
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