California’s 9-1-1 system received more than twenty-eight million calls in 2016 — more than 78,000 calls per day — and 80% of these calls were from wireless devices. 9-1-1 research shows that up to 40% of the total 911 calls in California are either unintentional or not true emergencies. Knowing when NOT to call 911 is just as important as knowing when and how to call 911.
First things first: Know when to call 911. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. Examples include:
• A fire
• A crime, especially if in progress
• A car crash, especially if someone is injured
• A medical emergency, especially symptoms that require immediate medical attention
If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials … continue reading »
Tim Brown stood quietly near the back of the California Highway Patrol gymnasium, his fist clinched and resting comfortably under his chin. He watched, almost embarrassingly, as video highlights of his college football years at Notre Dame and then later as an All-Pro wide receiver with the Oakland Raiders roared through the gym speakers.
Brown, the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner and 2015 Pro Football Hall of Famer, told participants at the 19th annual 9-1-1 for Kids/CHP Tm Brown Mentor Mini Camp that this “is my favorite week of the whole year.” As the International Chairman of 9-1-1 for Kids, Brown has assisted more than 5 million children and teens through mentoring and educational programs, including his mentor mini camp and heroes awards ceremony.
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Would your child know what to do in an emergency? Does your child know how to call 9-1-1?
Teaching children how to use 9-1-1 is crucial and could save lives. Knowing what to teach your child about 9-1-1 is essential to ensure they use it properly and do not call 9-1-1 unnecessarily.
Here are some helpful tips for teaching the proper use of 9-1-1:
- Never say “nine eleven.” There is no eleven on a telephone keypad or dial. Always say “nine-one-one.”
- Always call from a safe place. If the house is on fire, make sure your child understands that they need to go to a pre-determined meeting place or to a neighbor’s house before calling 9-1-1.
- Post your address near the phone or in a place everyone has access (ie. memo board, refrigerator, etc.).
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On May 24, dozens of different agencies from across the state participated in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Family Day and Open House. A wide variety of state, local, federal, private sector and non-profit sector partner organizations offered booths, displays and equipment. There was a plaque re-dedication in honor of former Senator Bill Campbell, and NFL Hall of Famer Tim Brown spoke about his role with the 9-1-1 for Kids program.
“The thing that is so special about what we are doing, I had no idea…I’m from Texas, and obviously we have the same issues in Texas but I had no idea that the State of California … continue reading »