National 911 Education Month


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sheriff Mark Podoll
Monday, April 6, 2009


Green Lake Sheriff’s Office Recognizes April as National 9-1-1 Education Month

Joins with national public safety leaders to promote 9-1-1 awareness and proper usage

Green Lake County, WI – Today, Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office begins a month-long campaign to help residents 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 9-1-1 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. Sheriff Podoll stresses the importance of understanding how 9-1-1 works on various devices and technologies especially in the face of ever-changing communications options available to the public. He urges residents to understand the capabilities of their choice, be it landline phones, wireless products or internet related communications. For example, a person utilizing a pre-paid cell phone or cell phone without a contract does not have customer information on record and can delay or prevent emergency response in the event a call is disconnected and cannot be re-established.

In addition to distributing age appropriate brochures to the local schools, the Sheriff’s Office has posted a NENA sponsored 9-1-1 educational link on the Sheriff’s Office website. www.co.green-lake.wi.us. The dedicated 9-1-1 telecommunications officers of the Green Lake Sheriff’s Office will also be recognized the week of April 12-17, during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

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