Audrain County Joint Communications is preparing to celebrate National 9-1-1 Education Month. This month-long campaign occurs annually in April, and helps Americans of all ages recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and the vital role citizens play in ensuring effective and efficient emergency response in times of crisis. Groups including the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) have recognized April as National 9-1-1 Education Month, and encourage the media, the 9-1-1 community, schools, the wireless industry, and public information providers to engage in 9-1-1 awareness and education activities this month.
Throughout the month of April the Joint Communications Center will post information on its website and social media accounts about how and when to call 9-1-1. These posts may include: when to call 9-1-1, when not to 9-1-1, limitations of current 9-1-1 technology, history of 9-1-1 in the United States and Audrain County, and how citizens can help emergency responders be more effective.
The Joint Communications Center will also join public safety leaders nationwide in recognizing the hard work and dedication of Public Safety Telecommunicators during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week; April 8-14. This week, sponsored by APCO International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, answer emergency 9-1-1 calls, and render life-saving assistance to citizens throughout the world.
“Telecommunicators are often the forgotten faces of an emergency response, but they are ready to professionally handle difficult, emotional situations each and every day. We have an excellent team of telecommunicators at the Audrain County Joint Communications Center, and I would like to thank each of them for their continued hard work and dedication to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the residents and property of Audrain County.” said 9-1-1 Director Chris Hardin.
Information about Audrain County’s 9-1-1 system, how 9-1-1 works, and when to dial 9-1-1 is available on the Joint Communications Center’s website at http://www.audrain911.org.
The Joint Communications Center also posts information to social media platforms Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AudrainCountyE911) and Twitter (@Audrain911, @Audrain911News).