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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Potter County Department of Emergency Services Recognizes April as National 9-1-1 Education Month

9-1-1 awareness and proper usage

Coudersport, PA – Today, the Potter County DES Office began a month-long campaign to help Americans of all ages recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and the role they play in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response in times of crisis.

Groups including the United States Congress and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), a leading public safety association, have also recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month, and are encouraging the media, the 9-1-1 community, the wireless industry, and public information providers to engage in 9-1-1 awareness and education activities this month.

“For forty years, 9-1-1 has served as the vital link between the American public and emergency services,” said NENA CEO, Brian Fontes. “Public education and awareness initiatives throughout the years have contributed in large measure to the incredible and ongoing success of the emergency communications system as a whole.

It is our hope that all groups interested in promoting and enhancing the safety and welfare of the public will help deliver critical
9-1-1messages this month.”

As consumers utilize new communications technologies and devices, 9-1-1 education takes on an increased importance for everyone, but especially for children, teens, and parents. According to Director John Hetrick, “an informed caller is 9-1-1’s best caller.

It is important that everyone knows how to help 9-1-1 help you. In an emergency, seconds matter, so being knowledgeable and prepared can make all the difference especially with the ever-changing world of various devices and technologies.

We all need to engage in 9-1-1 educational efforts.”
NENA has also made a number of public safety educational resources for the media, 9-1-1 professionals, public educators, and citizens available via its National 9-1-1 Education Month webpage,, including an E-Brochure entitled Making 9-1-1 Work for YOU!.

The brochure is designed to provide essential information to the general public, children, teens, and parents about the 9-1-1 system and emergency response. Potter County DES has passed this flyer along to the local schools to distribute to their students.

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