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National 911 Education Month, H. Res. 537

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National 911 Education Month, H. Res. 537





H. Res. 537​




In the House of Representatives, U. S.,​




March 10, 2008.​


Whereas 9 -1 -1 is nationally recognized as the number to call in an emergency to receive
immediate help from police, fire, emergency medical services, or other appropriate emergency
response entities;
Whereas in 1967, the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of
Justice recommended that a `single number should be established' nationwide for reporting
emergency situations, and other Federal Government agencies and various governmental
officials also supported and encouraged the recommendation;
Whereas in 1968, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) announced that it
would establish the digits 9 -1 -1 as the emergency code throughout the United States;
Whereas 9 -1 -1 was designated by Congress as the national emergency call number under the
Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-81);
Whereas the ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-494) established enhanced 9 -1 -1 as
`a high national priority' as part of our Nation's homeland security and public safety;
Whereas it is important that policy makers at all levels of government understand the importance
of 9 -1 -1 , how the system works today, and the steps that are needed to modernize the 9 -1 -1
system;
Whereas the 9 -1 -1 system is the connection between the eyes and ears of the public and
emergency responders, and is a significant homeland security asset;
Whereas there are over 6,000 9 -1 -1 public safety answering points (SAPS) serving more than
3,000 counties and parishes throughout the United States;
Whereas SAPS answer more than 200,000,000 9 -1 -1 calls each year in the United States, and a
growing number of 9 -1 -1 calls are made using wireless and Internet Protocol-based
communications services;
Whereas a growing segment of the population, including the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind,
and individuals with speech disabilities, are increasingly communicating with
nontraditional text, video, and instant messaging communications services, and anticipate that
these services will be able to connect directly to 9 -1 -1 ;
Whereas the growth and variety of means of communication, including mobile and Internet
Protocol-based systems, impose challenges for accessing 9 -1 -1 and implementing enhanced 9 -
1 -1 , and require increased education and awareness about their capabilities and limitations;
Whereas numerous other N-1 -1 and 800 number services exist for non-emergency situations,
including 2-1 -1 , 3-1 -1 , 5-1 -1 , 7-1 -1 , 8-1 -1 , poison control centers, and mental health​


hotlines, and the public needs to be educated on when to use these services in addition to or​


instead of 9 -1 -1 ;
Whereas international visitors and individuals immigrating to the United States make up an
increasing part of the Nation's population in any given year, and such visitors and individuals
may have limited knowledge of our emergency calling system;
Whereas people of all ages use 9 -1 -1 , and it is critical to educate members of the public of all
ages on the proper use of 9 -1 -1 ;
Whereas thousands of 9 -1 -1 calls are made every year by children properly trained in the use of
9 -1 -1 , resulting in lives saved, and which, in turn, underscores the critical importance of
training children early in life about 9 -1 -1 ;
Whereas there is a need to reduce the widespread misuse of the 9 -1 -1 system, including prank
and non-emergency calls, which can result in costly and inefficient use of 9 -1 -1 and emergency
response resources;
Whereas we as a Nation should strive to host at least 1 educational event in every school in the
country each year regarding the proper use of 9 -1 -1 ;
Whereas an established National 9 -1 -1 Education Month could include public awareness
events, including conferences and media outreach, training activities for parents, teachers, school
administrators, care givers, children, the elderly, and businesses; educational events in schools
and other appropriate venues; and production and distribution of educational content on 9 -1 -1
designed to educate people of all ages on the importance and proper use of 9 -1 -1 ; and
Whereas Americans deserve the finest the Nation can offer in 9 -1 -1 education : Now, therefore,
be it
• Resolved, That the House of Representatives--​




(1 ) supports the designation of an appropriate month as `National 9 -1 -1 Education


Month' and the goals of such designation; and​




(2) requests that the President issue a proclamation--






(A) designating a month as `National 9 -1 -1 Education Month'; and






(B) calling upon Government officials, parents, teachers, school administrators, care


givers, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the people of the United States to​
observe such month with appropriate ceremonies, training events, and activities.

Original can be viewed/downloaded in PDF format here:
http://www.911dispatch.com/911/hr537.pdf
 
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