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Call if you can, Text if you can't 9-1-1

April is National 9-1-1 Education Month

Call 9-1-1

Did you know that the phone number “9-1-1” was first announced in 1968 as the “emergency code” throughout the United States?

By 1987, 50% of the US population had access to this emergency phone number.

To date, roughly 96% of the US population is covered by 9-1-1.

The purpose of National 9-1-1 Education Month is to spread awareness of the importance of calling 9-1-1 and to teach our population, children and adults included, about how to properly utilize this emergency system.

“A 9-1-1 emergency is when someone needs help right away because of an injury or an immediate danger.”

What types of questions might a 9-1-1 dispatcher ask you?

  • Type of emergency
  • Your location
  • Is it a medical emergency?
  • If so, what care is being provided?
  • How many people are involved?
  • What is your relation to the ill or injured person?
  • A 9-1-1 dispatcher can even walk you through the steps of hands-only CPR

You can now text 9-1-1 for help (but calling is still preferred).

Remember, if there is a true emergency at hand, don’t be afraid to call 9-1-1, and you should call, as quickly as possible. Calling 9-1-1 in a timely manner can help save someone’s life.

And if there are any kids reading this post, please remember to never call 9-1-1 as a joke, because you could be taking up the dispatcher’s precious time when instead, they could be answering a life-saving call.

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