Proclamation 5696 -- 9 - 1 - 1 Emergency Number Day, 1987

Proclamation 5696 -- 9 - 1 - 1 Emergency Number Day, 1987

August 26, 1987

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Protecting the lives and property of citizens is one of government's fundamental responsibilities. In times of emergency, citizens must have a quick and easy way to summon police and other rescue services. The 9 - 1 - 1 emergency telephone number fulfills this need and proves its value hundreds of times every day throughout our country.

In 1968, 9 - 1 - 1 was designated the universal emergency telephone number in North America. Today we can see with satisfaction that much has been done to implement this system. Thousands of municipalities have established the 9 - 1 - 1 telephone system, making it possible to save more lives and to increase the public's confidence in local emergency response systems. The 9 - 1 - 1 system has enabled communities to respond to a greater number of emergency calls with added efficiency and lower costs to the public.

State and local governments have made a commitment to implement the 9 - 1 - 1 telephone system across our Nation as soon as possible. Some States have mandated that the system be operational by a certain date, while others have made much progress on a voluntary basis. These efforts to enhance the welfare and safety of our citizens deserve public recognition and every commendation.

The Congress, by Public Law 99 - 448, has designated September 11, 1987, as ``9 - 1 - 1 Emergency Number Day'' and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this occasion.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 1987, as 9 - 1 - 1 Emergency Number Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of August, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twelfth.

Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:23 a.m., August 28, 1987]

Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 27.