Coalition Asks Local Leaders to Recognize April with 9-1-1 Outreach (4/2/12)
Monday, April 02, 2012 | Comments

The NG9-1-1 Institute, as part of the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition, is calling on local leaders, public-safety officials and elected officials to promote 9-1-1 education in communities around the country. The month of April was first recognized by the U.S. Congress in 2008 as National 9-1-1 Education Month in support of the National 9-1-1 Education Coalition, an alliance of eight national organizations dedicated to advancing 9-1-1 education across the country.

The group is urging local events such as school outreach, street fairs featuring first responders and their equipment and distribution of 9-1-1 educational materials throughout the month of April. Last year, the coalition announced the creation of www.know911.org, a website dedicated to 9-1-1 education. The site contains many free resources that can be used to promote education, awareness and outreach efforts at a local level.

This year, new resources have been added to support local community efforts to execute their own 9-1-1 education outreach efforts. Angel Arocho, chairman of the NG9-1-1 Institute said, “9-1-1 Does Save Lives!” Education should not only occur during national education month but throughout the entire year. This year, efforts will be placed on ‘LOCATION: Help 9-1-1 Help You-Give Us Your Location.’ We encourage you to understand how 9-1-1 can help you and teach others to understand the critical things they should know when you call 9-1-1.”

The Coalition includes the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, CTIA, the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT), the NG9-1-1 Institute, the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED), the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and 9-1-1 For Kids.

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