Verizon Wireless Launches "9-1-1, You Make the Call" Coloring Book at Governor's Halloween Event

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Verizon Wireless will launch a new children's coloring book, "9-1-1, You Make The Call," at the annual Illinois State Governor's "No Tricks-Just Treats" Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The coloring book uses friendly characters and activities to help children learn when to dial 9-1-1 and how doing so from a wireless phone differs from calling from a landline phone. The book will also be available, as a free community resource, at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores throughout Illinois beginning in early November.

"Knowing your child is capable of using a phone in an emergency situation is imperative," said Tracy Nolan, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "Emergencies don't always happen at home. A child should know how to call for help in this situation — which may mean calling from a wireless phone — in case an adult is unable to make the call for help."

The 16-page coloring book is designed for children ages five to 10. A "Note to Parents" is inserted in each book to encourage parents to role-play 9-1-1 calls and review the book's general safety practices with their child. The book's guidelines for dialing 9-1-1 from a wireless phone include: 1) Turn the power button on; 2) Press 9-1-1; and 3) Press the green "Send" button. In addition, children are made aware of the fact that wireless phones don't have a dial tone and need to have a charged battery to work.

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