National 911 Education Month
In 2008, the United States Congress recognized April as National 911 Education Month. 911 Education Month calls upon public safety officials, schools, government officials and industry leaders to engage in an national effort to educate children, seniors and the general public about the importance and appropriate use of 911. During the month of April, these organizations conduct special outreach to build on existing state and local 911 education efforts in an attempt to raise the issue of 911 education to a national level.
This month the Mentor Police Department sponsors our 911 for Kids program with Red E. Fox in all the elementary schools. Red E. Fox is an interactive program sharing information about the purpose and use of the 911 system with second graders. Additionally, the Mentor Police Department and the Mentor Communications Center are always available to answer 911 related questions from the community, 440-975-5789
Some general guidelines for 9-1-1 are:
• 9-1-1 is for police, fire and medical emergencies only.
• If you call 9-1-1, don’t hang up.
• Stay calm and speak clearly
• Know the location where help is needed. Providing an accurate address is critically important, especially when making a 9-1-1 call from a wireless phone.
• Stay on the line with the 9-1-1 dispatcher and answer all questions. This does not delay help being sent. The more information they have, the better equipped they are to help you.
• It is a crime to call 9-1-1 for jokes or prank calls