Require Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law
  • Petitioning Wyndham Hotels Worldwide

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Wyndham Hotels Worldwide
Louis Gohmert
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate

Require Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

    1. Hank Hunt
    2. Petition by

      Hank Hunt

      Winona, TX

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was brutally murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town.

Her estranged husband, Brad Allen Dunn, apparently ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911.

We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location may be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance.

We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line and give emegency personnel the business name, floor and room or suite number. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?

 WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. We understand the cost implications and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefitting from the collection of these funds.

We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Headed to Galveston for APCO/NENA Convention!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I will be speaking along with Mark Fletcher about Kari's Law and the problems with 911 across our nation. I am VERY nervous but look forward to the opportunity to spread the word! Wish us luck!

    2. FCC Commissioner Pai announces some great news!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer
    3. Hilton Corporation is getting it right, at least at one hotel!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      The Hampton suites 1100 East Hwy I-20 Arlington, TX has E911. Guests needing emergency help just have to do what they have always been told. Dial 911! Thank you Hilton! Thats one that we know of!

    4. Jackie Zeman becomes a supporter!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Jacklyn Zeman is an American actress. She is known for her role as Barbara "Bobbie" Spencer on General Hospital. She is sometimes credited as Jackie Zeman. We appreciate her support and look forward to working her in the future! Thank you Jackie!!!

    5. Breaking News!!!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      New Jersey to lead the way? Fantastic!! http://t.co/aeFuihBOiO

    6. Avaya Podcast with mark Fletcher and Ricardo Martinez!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      189-Martinez-WTT_mixdown by Fletch911

      THE AVAYA PODCAST NETWORK APN The roots of APN go back to November 2010 when Avaya's Chief Architect for Worldwide Public Safety Solutions, Mark F...

    7. UPCOMING!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      2014 9-1-1 Goes to Washington - National Emergency Number Association

      March 23-26, 2014 Marriott Crystal City | Arlington, VA 9-1-1 Goes to Washington brings together hundreds of 9-1-1 professionals from around the country with policy leaders in our nation's capital to explore and discuss today's most pressing 9-1-1 and emergency communications issues.

    8. How 911 started

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer
      The History of The 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Number

      When was 911 "invented?" The simple answer is: 42 years ago. However, the development of the three-digit number in the United States is slightly more complex than a single date. Here is a summary of how it was implemented for the first time in the United States, and events leading up to that historic event.

    9. Kari's Little Hero

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer
      Kari's Lil' Hero

      By News | Mark J. Fletcher, ENP | 11 Jan 2014 Kari's Lil' Hero This Avaya CONNECTED Blog is alsoavailable as an MP3 Audio File What makes a hero? What drives that special person to do that special thing, at that special time? Whatever it is, it can be found in anybody, including a nine-year-old girl.

    10. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai continues to work for this change!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Commissioner Pai Remarks at APCO International Forum, Orlando, FL | FCC.gov

      AT THE EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FORUM OF APCO INTERNATIONAL "PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS IN THE DIGITAL AGE" FEBRUARY 27, 2014 I am humbled to be here among you to discuss public safety communications in the digital age. After all, I am a man of words.

    11. TOMORROW FEB. 9TH

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Change your profile pic to this symbol for five days to show your support for Kari's Law http://www.backwoodsstudio.net/1600235_10203174138341426_738736592_n.jpg

    12. What we don't need!!!!!!!!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer
      Pinellas commission calls for 911 cuts

      CLEARWATER - Pinellas County commissioners seem set to push ahead with controversial funding cuts to the county's emergency medical system despite warnings from fire chiefs it will reduce 911 response times and affect their ability to respond to major emergencies such as storms. At a heated meeting Tuesday, a majority of commissioners said they support cutting $2.3 million from the $40.4 million the county pays every year to Pinellas' 18 fire districts to serve as medical first responders.

    13. Louie Gohmert will help us!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I am not giving up on you Mr. Gohmert. I know you have been busy and I like that of our elected officials, so be assured we are patient and will wait for you to act when appropriate. -Hank Hunt

    14. KRPC channel 2 in Houston will be carrying the story tonight!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      KPRC will be featuring Kari's story at 10 tonight. Cross your fingers it's a good report, we won't see it here!

    15. Thank you Mr. Gohmert!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I appreciate Congressman Louie Gohmert putting his support behind Kari's Law. The effort to make every phone in the United States "911 friendly" by promoting the "No Nine Needed" campaign will certainly add more interest to this effort. Right now, we need to double down on our efforts to spread the word about the inability to reach trained emergency personnel and with the help and support we are continuing to receive I hope that the work will pay off! Please help promote "No 9 Needed" by replacing your profile pic with the "No 9 Needed" logo on Feb. 9th. Kari's 32 birthday! Thank you every body!

    16. Decision-maker Louie Gohmert responds:

      Louie Gohmert

      This petition, led by Kari’s grandfather, has caused an outpouring of concerned constituents in east Texas. My role, as a servant of east Texans, is to listen to the cries and concerns of the people and do what I can about them.

      When f...


    17. FCC takes action!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Commissioner Ajit Pai has taken action on hotels and motels that do not have a uniform 911 system that will dial 911 with out a "prefix" # added to it! We hope and pray that Commissioner Pai is successful in his support of this law! Thank You!! http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0113/DOC-325077A1.pdf

    18. QUESTION???????

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      If 911 doesn't work EVERYTIME, anywhere, then what good is it?

    19. Reached 400,000 signatures
    20. Change your profile pic! Feb. 9th, 2014 (Kari's 32 birthday)

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      On Sunday, Feb.9, 2014 (Kari's Birthday) we are asking everyone that will, to change your profile photo to the "no 9 needed" logo. We are hoping to spur a grassroots movement into something that can't be ignored. Please help if you so desire. Thank you- Hank http://imageprocessor.websimages.com/width/300/crop/0,0,300x300/www.backwoodsstudio.net/1600235_10203174138341426_738736592_n.jpg

    21. NEWS!!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Just did a phone interview with Cara Tabachnick of "The Guardian". A london based news organization. Did about a 15 min. interview, seemed very cordial. Also, took about an hour this afternoon but did an on camera interview with the Associated Press. I hope these folks are good to us.

    22. WOW!!! 360,000!! Thank you all! It seems to be gaining ground!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

    23. Story one of YAHOO.COM top stories!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

    24. Yahoo Shine! Posted our story!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

    Supporters

    @JackieZeman

    Mar 19, 2014

    Let Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law http://t.co/nXWJ0YamQj via @Change

    Jackie Zeman
    12.9k followers

    @AjitPaiFCC

    Jan 13, 2014

    Today, I started an inquiry to ensure that hotel guests who dial 911 can reach trained emergency personnel. http://t.co/ex7s4e5JwQ (3/3)

    Ajit Pai
    2.43k followers

    @MrsdogC

    Jan 01, 2014

    http://t.co/gtXwf03Pe0

    Beth Chapman
    414k followers

    @BabyLyssaC

    Dec 31, 2013

    Let Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law http://t.co/29YrTMV0dO via @Change

    Lyssa Chapman
    206k followers

    @LadyShawsters

    Dec 29, 2013

    Let Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law http://t.co/nwraqcbedT via @Change

    Lindsey Shaw
    129k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Rebecca Greeley ACTON, MA
      • about 17 hours ago

      changing this one small thing could save future lives. This is a no brainer

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    • Kevin Ofarrell LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 1 day ago

      R u Kidding,Really???

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    • Pack Nancy NORTHLAKE, IL 60164, IL
      • 1 day ago

      No matter what, if you're in a multi unit place with one main contact "hotel front desk", time could be critical life or death" a client should be able to dial 911 for help. See what happened in this case.

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    • diane williams UPPER MARLBORO, MD
      • 2 days ago

      it could happen to any one of us.

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    • Sara Wynne OAKLAND, CA
      • 2 days ago

      I am an Emergency Management Specialist and know the importance of being able to easily call 911.

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