Howard County Launches Public Awareness Campaign for Kari’s Law
New requirement for organizations to provide direct phone access to 911
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will host a press conference addressing the public awareness campaign for Kari’s Law on Tuesday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m. outside the George Howard Building. Ball introduced legislation in November 2020 to the Howard County Council to implement the law on the local level. Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) and the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) will collaborate to educate businesses on Kari’s Law, a requirement for organizations that use a multi-line telephone system (MLTS) to provide direct access to 911.
The new law requires multi-line businesses and organizations to eliminate the need to dial “9” for an outgoing call and was named for Kari Hunt who was killed in a Texas motel by her estranged husband while her 9-year-old daughter tried to call 911. The girl couldn’t get through because the motel required a “9” to dial out.
“Support and education for businesses is a critical component to ensure that Kari’s Law is put into action,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “We’re grateful to our Police and Fire and Rescue Departments for their collaboration and initiative to make sure businesses and organizations are compliant and our residents and community have this vital access to 911.”
Kari’s Law Public Awareness Press Conference
Tuesday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m.
Outside George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
Chief William Anuszewski, HCDFRS
Chief Lisa Myers, HCPD