Tuesday, April 17, 2012

9-1-1 Public Education Makes a Splash During 9-1-1 Education Month!

Throughout the month of April, various 9-1-1 entities have made many efforts to make public education a top priority in honor of 9-1-1 Public Education Month. We know that every time an educator goes out there, the information being distributed will help the community, the PSAP, as well as our own public education program, which is why it is so important.

During April, Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1) has been featuring a new public education message throughout many movie theaters called Help Us Help You. Counties such as Brazos, Galveston, Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery will be showcasing the clip to help educate the public on when to call 9-1-1, to always stay on the line and to always follow instructions given by 9-1-1 staff. GHC 9-1-1 has also been working with the Houston Public Library and area wide school districts to help distribute 20,000 bookmarks and other educational materials.

In Palestine, Texas, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s dispatchers organized “9-1-1 in the Park” which featured 9-1-1 staff as well as the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Palestine Fire Department. Between these agencies, they were able to provide children with multiple tools on how to address emergency situations. Over in Irving, Texas, the city’s cable TV channel ICTN produced a piece that addresses all issues prevalent to 9-1-1 education and safety. Not only that, but all the dispatchers featured in the clip are currently visiting all of Irving’s 26 elementary schools to provide 9-1-1 educational tools.

Lastly, Kane County Emergency Communications Center recently launched its 9-1-1 education program this month! The program’s mission is to educate first grade students across the county on the appropriate usage of 9-1-1. Their 9-1-1 operators will also be visiting elementary schools utilizing the Cell Phone Sally DVD and educational materials to teach children about 9-1-1.

All of these entities are making huge efforts to provide as much information as they can to the public regarding 9-1-1 and we commend them for their efforts!

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