In relation to calling 911 first, let me first explain that I use cells instead of land lines. All of my cells have voice recognition, all I have to do is speak "911" and it calls for me. Since I use cells I also use the ear bud and mic. Even with the phone closed it will dial the voice numbers that I've programed as well as answer the phone if I say "Answer Call". So my hands are free.
Something to look into when you get a cell (or get a cell).