You know, my kids are 8 and 9 and I’m not sure they would know what to do if something happened to me. I think they used to but I’m not sure that they still do. We have cell phones and half the time I can’t find mine. I need to go over the process again of what to do in case of an emergency.
If you happen to live in the Seattle area, King County has a plan on how to encourage children what to do in an emergency when an adult is not able to do anything. And they are also honoring a 9 year old that did know what to do.
On Dec. 29, 2015, Austin Holdt, a nine-year-old King County resident dialed 9-1-1 when his grandmother fell unconscious. Austin was able to keep calm and answer the call-taker’s questions, and help arrived to his door within minutes.
Every day, 5,000 calls are made locally to 9-1-1. Many residents, especially kids, don’t know how and when to call.
That’s why King County 911 is bringing these skills to kids in across the county, with the Emery the Emergency Penguin storybook tour, a new program aimed at teaching local preschoolers how, when and where to dial 9-1-1. This FREE tour will be making its way to 13 libraries across King County throughout the month of April. The kickoff event, with an award ceremony for Austin, will be held at the Woodland Park Zoo on March 31.
Throughout the month of April, Emery’s storybook will tour 13 local libraries, and will be read by King County Executive Dow Constantine, first responders, and call takers. Austin Holdt, a local kid hero who dialed 9-1-1 in an emergency just last year, will even receive a 9-1-1 Hero award at the Woodland Park Zoo kickoff event. This FREE event will help preschoolers all across King County learn how, when and where to dial 9-1-1.
READER: Jennifer Lemus, 9-1-1 dispatcher from the Seattle Police Department, who inspired the story.
WHEN: Thursday, March 31, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
· More than 5,000 9-1-1 calls are made every day in King County.
· An emergency can happen at any time. Teaching your child to call 9-1-1 can save your life or the life of others in the event of an emergency.
· April is 9-1-1 National Public Education Month.
· April 12-18 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
For more information, go to: kingcounty.gov/911