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Mexico Implements 911 Emergency Number

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Two years ago, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the implementation of 911 as part of his new national security strategy.

Since 1963, 911 has been the standard number to dial in case of emergencies in the United States. The number is so well-known, that Mexico adopted it this week.

For decades, Mexicans have had a hard time trying to report an emergency. There’s a number for the police, another one for the Red Cross — and even different numbers in different cities and states.

But starting this week, half of the states of Mexico will have full access to a single phone number for emergencies: 911

Two years ago, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the implementation of 911 as part of his new national security strategy. The strategy was presented just two months after the abduction of 43 students in the state of Guerrero.

President Peña Nieto stated that 911 was a was well known number among the population. Its popularity could be attributed to American movies and television.

And while some States, including Mexico City, are still not part of it, 911 is expected to work in the entire country by January of next year.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.