Enhanced 911 Public Education Program

first_imgEMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Enhanced 911 Public EducationProgram A child sees a cat stuck in a tree, should they call 911 forhelp? For a five or six year old this may be a difficultquestion. The Nova Scotia Emergency Measures Organization (EMO),in partnership with Aliant, is launching a new public educationinitiative to make it easier for adults to teach children about911. “Public education is a critical ingredient to improving publicsafety,” said Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the EmergencyMeasures Act. “By teaching the proper use of 911 at a young age,we are building an informed community that can react promptly andappropriately when an emergency happens.” Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 18, 911 personnel and community policingofficers across the province will have sets of flash cards to usewhen talking to children in schools and community groups on whatto do in an emergency. The poster-size cards depict different situations that childrenmay find themselves in. Some of these situations require thechildren to call 911 for help while others require the child torespond to the situation without the need to call 911. “Learning the proper use of 911 is an important topic for allindividuals, but especially for young children”, said Bruce Lilly, Aliant regional manager, Halifax Regional Municipality. “Having materials such as these flash cards will make it easier to engagechildren in a conversation about 911 and help them learn what isconsidered an emergency.” Other improvements to EMO’s public education program include anupdated 911 Teacher’s Activity Pack and a teachers’ section whichhas been added to EMO’s website. Teachers looking for informationon 911, emergency preparedness or who want to arrange for aspeaker in their class can contact EMO at 902-424-5620 or visittheir website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .last_img

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