The 9-1-1 emergency system was born in the late 60’s. Do your kids know how to use it?
When there’s a crisis, it’s even harder to think of what to say, but some basics will help everyone.
First, many homes don’t have landlines which are tied to street addresses, so you must give your address as soon as they answer.
Seventy (70%) of 9-1-1 calls come from cell phones, so be aware of your surroundings so help can arrive at the right place quickly.
Second, give them your phone number in case you get cut off.
Third, tell them your name and the nature of the emergency so they can send the right help.
Have young kids? Tape your address and phone number to your landline.
No landline? Then display the address in a prominent place and practice with your kids how to find it.
Role play with your kids how to make the call so if they need to, they can.
Teach them how to NOT TALK OVER the dispatcher and to listen to the questions.
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