Does your child know how to dial 9-1-1? King County wants to help them learn


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King County’s E-911 Program Office is asking parents and caregivers a simple question this April:

Does your child know how to call 9-1-1?

To find out how prepared the average nine-year-old is to call 9-1-1, King County recently issued a 9-1-1 pop quiz to a third-grade class in Burien.

The results were not good – one out of four children could not identify the right number to call in an emergency, and the class average on the rest of the quiz was a “C” grade.

“These results are concerning. Our goal is to make sure every child is prepared in an emergency and that’s why we’re introducing a new 9-1-1 education campaign,” said Kayreen Lum, E-911 Program Manager III. “Every day in King County, more than 5,000 calls are made to 9-1-1. Unfortunately, only half of these calls are for actual emergencies.”

To make 9-1-1 approachable to kids, King County created a toolbox that will be made available at no charge to schools and community-based organizations. The toolbox is filled with interactive activities featuring King County’s 9-1-1 mascot, Emery the Emergency Penguin. Because King County is one of the most linguistically diverse counties in the country, the toolbox is offered in ten languages.

During the month of April, parents and caregivers are encouraged to celebrate National 9-1-1 Education Month by teaching their kids the how, when and where of calling 9-1-1. And, the public can also test their 9-1-1 knowledge by taking the pop quiz.

The quiz, and a variety of free downloadable educational resources are available www.kingcounty.gov/911 (look for Emery’s page!)

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