County officials teach kids to call 911

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Lawrence County 911 has educated over 300 children in the county about what to do in an emergency.

The group visited all the pre-schools and BRAD Headstart facilities in the area to teach kids how to contact 911.

Lawrence County 911 coordinator Paige Vanbrook says many kids may be afraid to call 911 and some kids cannot make a call.

She says teaching kids how to contact 911 can mean the difference in life or death in a dangerous situation.

"Taught them the proper way to call 911, not to be afraid of it," she said. "We want to put a face with 911, somebody that's nice that they're not going to be scared that they're going to get in trouble to call."

She says the group is continuing to push for more families to sign up for the Smart 911, which helps operators better serve people during an emergency.

Families can sign up for the service at www.smart911.com.

Residents can also sign up for Lawrence County notifications which provide alerts about emergencies like flooding or long-term power outages.

She says the county has also worked to upgrade their 911 mapping system to include Highway 367 and Highway 67.

The upgrades allow operators to better plot where a call is coming from.

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