Offbeat Mama has some really valuable emergency advice from the "hippie-est 911 dispatcher you will *ever* know."
If you live in the United States you know that three digit, potentially terrifying phone number. Indeed, I'm talking about the 9-1-1 (Editor's note: a list of international emergency numbers can be found here.) We all know it, and we all hope we'll never have to be the ones to dial it. As a 911 call-taker and dispatcher, I love my job even though it's sometimes stressful, scary, or overwhelming.
One of the biggest challenges in my profession, however, is dealing with a public that has little to no understanding of the 911 system. In emergencies, including but not limited to the life or death situations, mere seconds can make a big difference in the outcome. Here are some tips to minimize panic and maximize response times in the event you or your kids have to make that call.
Now take a deep breath, stay calm, and read the 6 family-friendly tips for placing an emergency phone call.