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Posted on: April 3, 2017

ROUTT COUNTY RECOGNIZES APRIL AS NATIONAL 9-1-1 EDUCATION MONTH

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Today, Routt County began a month-long campaign to help its citizens 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, recognize 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 over 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 9-1-1 messages 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. It is imperative that all community stakeholders - citizens, news media, government officials, industry leaders, non-government organizations - understand the importance of, and how to properly utilize, 9-1-1. “This year during the month of April, Routt County is conducting outreach to the community to ensure the public is ready to access help during emergencies. While concentrating on 9-1-1 education, we will be recognizing telecommunicators in the process.” Said Routt County Communications Manager, Jason Nettles.

Routt County will be releasing frequent information and helpful hints about 9-1-1 this month such as “knowing your location”, and “staying calm and not hanging up”. We will also be present at several community events during the month promoting 9-1-1 education. Numerous organizations have made training and reference materials available. 9-1-1 education begins with children. The “Cell Phone Sally” training videos, for example, are a great tool for kindergarten-aged children to learn the basics about the different telephone technology as well as the proper use of 9-1-1.

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, www.nena.org/education/911-education-month, 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.

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