SALEM, New Hampshire — Chief Joel Dolan and the Salem Police Department would like to share guidelines and tips in regard to accessing help in the midst of an emergency during National 9-1-1 Education Month.
According to the National Emergency Number Association, approximately 240 million calls are made to 911 each year in the United States. 9-1-1 Education Month is recognized across the country to conduct outreach and educate community members on 911 resources and practices.
“We encourage everyone review these helpful tips so that, should an emergency occur, you’re better prepared and know fully what to do,” Chief Dolan said. “First responders are always on standby to assist you, and whether you call or text 911, be sure to share your location early on in your conversation so that help can arrive as quickly as possible.”
In order to make sure residents can access help in an emergency, Chief Dolan wishes to share the following safety tips from the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA):
Reach 9-1-1 Via Phone OR Text
Text to 911 is available across the Granite State, and Chief Dolan wishes to remind residents that 911 through messaging is an alternative to a typical phone call.
In order to contact emergency services by text, enter 911 into the “To” field and then type your message into the message field. This process is the same as if you were sending a regular text message from your device. When utilizing this method, it is important to make every effort to include the town you are in and any location information that you can at the start of the message.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or in a situation where speaking is not possible can benefit from using messaging services to reach emergency services, but if possible a traditional voice call is the best way to reach 911.
Know Your Location
With wireless calls, 911 operators can locate callers, but more information may be needed in order for emergency services to find exact locations. Be prepared to provide detailed information on your location to assist the 911 operator.
Stay Calm and Don’t Hang Up
Unless instructed to do otherwise, you should stay on the line when calling 9-1-1 in order to provide necessary information to the 911 operator. Even if you accidentally dial 9-1-1, you should stay on the line and inform the operator that there is no emergency and that you dialed accidentally. While on the phone, please answer the telecommunicator’s questions. They are trying to determine whether or not there is an emergency or if someone is in need of assistance.
In order to learn more about NASNA and their efforts to improve emergency response through supporting 911 education and awareness, click here.
About National 9-1-1 Education Month
April is designated as National 9-1-1 Education Month, recognized by the United States Congress in 2008. According to NASNA, it aims to support the efforts of the National 911 Education Coalition through the promotion of resources and materials that help to educate about the optimal use of 9-1-1 services across the country.