For younger persons who are accustomed to carrying cell phones with them 24/7 this will not be important, but for dinosaurs like myself or those who do not commonly carry cellphones, free 911 service could be a lifesaver.
This link goes to an explanation of how "free 911 cellphone service works":
9-1-1 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Since we do very little calling, we have the lowest price, minimum minutes cellphone plan, and rarely use it. That said, we DO have two cars, and have the normal concerns of the elderly... "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" In a 2BR/2BA home, reaching the phone could be a problem.
Since we had several unused cellphones, here's what we're doing. Deactivated cellphones (that still work for 911: see the wiki link) in each bath and in both cars. A "first of the month "charge-all" day... and an understanding of what information must
be given to the 911 operator (see the wiki article).
A few thoughts on the alternatives... We had a branded pendant type autodialer for use in the home, but it was complicated to set up and use and dialed up to four numbers automatically, (which meant that the receiving numbers had to understand how it worked)... Theoretically, the "emergency" person could talk to the central phone and hear the person at the other end, but this didn't work well, either.
Our home is set up with a string pull in each room for emergency service, but the service center was incompetent, and the non-service did not warrant the $35/mo. charge. (YMMV)
This is not new, and most members here may already be using the free emergency 911 cell phone service. For reminder purposes only, and perhaps a suggestion for aging parents or relatives.
Link to an organization that collects and distributes used cell phones.
Secure the Call | Donate Used Cell Phones for Seniors and Abused Women
Any thoughts... positive or negative, or suggestions for use of the 911 service, are welcome.