10 Digit Dialing Coming To The Hudson Valley

Dated: April 10 2021

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Residents of much of the Hudson Valley will soon be required to dial all 10 digits to make local calls within their areas codes after the Federal Communications Commission adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Line.

The change in the hotline number doesn't take place for more than a year; until July 16, 2022, people should continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK to reach the crisis hotline.

The three-digit number — 988 — that will be used to reach the suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline had previously been assigned as a prefix in some areas in the Hudson Valley where the following area codes are affected by the switch to 10-digit dialing:

  • 516

  • 607

  • 716

  • 845

  • 914

To get into the habit, telephone users in the affected areas should start dialing the three-digit area code when making local calls by April 24, even if the person they're calling lives right across the street.

10-digit dialing must be well established before the switch to a three-digit crisis line, the FCC said. It's mandatory on Oct. 24, when callers who dial only seven digits are likely to get the familiar "your call cannot be completed as dialed" message.

Making the switch isn't as simple as adding the area code to local calls.

You'll also have to reprogram automatic dialing equipment — for example, life safety systems or medical monitoring devices; fire, burglary and security alarm systems; speed dialers; cell phone contact lists; call forwarding services; voicemail services; and other similar functions.

You should also change your email signature or stationery if they don't include the area code. You need to think of everything that has your address on it, including your pet ID tags, and include the area code in the contact number.

Emergency service calls to 911 and 711 (a relay service used by people who are deaf or hearing impaired) will be made as they are now, by dialing the three digits. Any 211, 311, 411, 511, 611 or 811 services available in your community can still be reached by dialing their three-digit codes.

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Diane Mitchell

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