Saturday, March 28, 2020


9-1-1 for Kids, Inc


Marion County Emergency Communications Center, with the assistance of “Red E Fox” and 9-1-1 for Kids®, an educational program that will teach local Preschool and  kindergarten age kids in an entertaining and memorable way- the proper use of 9-1-1.


This presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes and teaches children “how to dial 9-1-1”, “when to call”, and “what to say” when an emergency arises and they need to cal 9-1-1. It also explains the difference between calling from a home phone and calling from a cellular phone, as well as, what phones they can call 9-1-1 from.

Armed with this basic information about 9-1-1, young children will be able to:

Call for help when they need it for themselves or for others;

Assist in saving lives and property.

Avoid costly abandoned or prank calls which tie up the 9-1-1 dispatch system.

For more information contact the center at (620)382-2144 to set up a time that is convenient for you and your class during the school year. Please provide an approximate number of students and teachers viewing the presentation when calling to set up an appointment so the proper amount of handout material can be provided. If you have any further questions or to request more information on the presentation please feel free to contact us at the above number. 

When to Call

Sometimes children are confused about when to call an emergency number like 911. These are examples of when not to call:

  • you can't find your favorite toy or your homework from last night
  • your cat got into a fight with another cat
  • your brother or your friend dares you to call
  • you have a nasty hangnail

Never call 911 as a joke or just to see what might happen. When the emergency dispatcher has to take the time to talk to people who don't have a real emergency, other people who call and do need help right away might have to wait.

You should call 911 is if a person is badly hurt or in danger right now!

  • Can you call 911 if there's been a car accident? Yes!
  • Should you call if you see a crime, like someone hurting someone else or breaking into a person's house? Of course!
  • What if someone suddenly seems very sick and is having a hard time speaking or breathing or turns blue? Call right away!
  • What if someone collapses or passes out? Absolutely call!
  • What if someone's house is on fire? Definitely call!

Talk to your parents or another adult about when you should call 911. If you're not sure whether there's a real emergency and there are no adults around, it's a good idea to make the call. You could save someone's life.