To wrap up 9-1-1 education month we compiled some helpful reminders and tips on utilizing these important emergency services:
· 9-1-1 is only for emergencies. Do not call 9-1-1 as a prank or a joke.
· If you call 9-1-1, please do not hang up. Explain to the call-taker that you accidentally dialed 9-1-1.
· Remember to stay calm and speak clearly.
· Always stay on the line until you are told by the call-taker that it is ok to hang up.
· If you have a child or children, teach them to know their first and last name, their parent’s names, their home address and phone number. It is a good idea to keep this information close to a landline phone.
· If Text to 9-1-1 is available in your area, please remember to call if you can and text if you can’t.
· Do not let children play with your phone unsupervised. Try and reduce accidental 9-1-1 calls.
We also want to share with you a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video we created this month in honor of 9-1-1 Public Education Month. We encourage you to create your very own PSA too! Here is how we made ours: CPS costume: Check, Video Camera: Check, 9-1-1 song: Check and iMovie editing: Check! Please share your PSA with Cell Phone Sally and we will showcase it on YouTube and other CPS social media sites.
Here are some great articles on 9-1-1 Public Education Month:
“9-1-1: What is your emergency?” http://ehextra.com/main.asp?SectionID=12&SubSectionID=35&ArticleID=16092
Ocean County's new sheriff believes department communication is key to success http://www.app.com/article/20140420/NJNEWS0302/304200051/Ocean-County-s-new-sheriff-believes-department-communication-key-success?nclick_check=1
The Life Line of Emergencies http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/article/20140418/NEWS/140419229
Unsung Heroes of Emergency Response http://www.kemmerergazette.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=3754&page=72