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This page contains information about 911 for the children of Douglas County, Kansas.
Emergencies present a scary situation for children. At times, they may not know what to do. Below you will find some tips on how to teach your child how to use and when to use the 9-1-1 system.
What is 9-1-1?
Some children may have heard about 9-1-1 from school, television, or friends, but may not understand what it is used for. Children may not be sure what a real emergency is.
Remind children to dial 9-1-1 when they need help to save a life, stop a crime or report a fire. Inform your child that if they are ever lost and feel that they are not safe; to pick up a phone and dial 911 and they will be helped.
What can parents do?
The most important thing you can do is to talk with your child about 9-1-1. Tell your child that if they ever have to call 9-1-1 there will be a dispatcher on the other end who is going to help them. Please teach children not to dial 911 (or play with the phone) when it is not an EMERGENCY. Children often dial 911 by accident or on purpose as a joke. If the line is unavailable for a real emergency, someone could easily come to harm.
What do I tell the babysitter?
When there are no adults at home every child or babysitter should have the following information posted by the phone:
Also list any other contact information (pager numbers, cell phone numbers, relative's numbers)
- A list of emergency numbers
- Your home phone number and address
The best time to prepare for an emergency is now! Don't wait until one happens!