Friday, April 25, 2014

9-1-1 Public Education Efforts Showcased in April

9-1-1 education is alive and well. Throughout the country, educators have been working hard to show appreciation to telecommunicators as well as educate the public on the importance of emergency services and how they work most efficiently.

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:

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