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Students practice for a 911 emergency situation. (COD Newsroom/Flickr)
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In the era of the mobile phone, we're not surprised that Google, Uber, or Yelp can track where we are at any give time.

But it may surprise you to find out that perhaps the most important organization to know your location, often doesn't: the 911 system.

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Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. She tweets at @commonhealth.

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WBUR: Calling 911 From Your Cellphone? Don’t Assume They’ll Know Exactly Where You Are

  • "He has Google Maps, Find-My-iPhone and other free apps, he said, “that can find me to the exact street address. And I call 911, the most important call one could potentially make,” and he’s asked what town he’s in."

This segment aired on February 16, 2016.

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