I have a really great step mom, Verla, who is wonderful to our entire family. She calls and emails frequently her large circle of family and friends. Verla is concerned for the safety and well being of the whole family so she frequently passes along “safety” information by email. I hate to hurt her feelings but often I would classify the messages as urban myths.
In one, her friend told her it was absolutely true that if a woman is fearful while driving she should call a number other than 911 which will connect her directly with police for help. This person swore it was true. I want to assure you that the very best emergency number in the United States is 911. It is universally recognized and there is an entire organization devoted to spreading the word about and maintaining the system that supports 911, the National Emergency Number Association.
If you run across information you suspect may be an urban rumor, particularly those items that are emailed around that tell a story that involves safety information, I suggest that you check it out on snopes.com before you pass it further.
…the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Use the search box above to locate your item of interest, or click one of the icons below to browse the site by category…
You can even follow them on Twitter. It is a great resource when trying to trace down some of this type of information.
I worry about someone who believes this type of information and tries to use a number other than 911 and doesn’t reach us when they truly need help…….