Seattle 9-1-1 Calls Peak During Summer Months!

Get Your Emergency Safety Kit Ready ...

A Corded Phone with Landline Phone Service is Key

Safety Campaign Offers Free Phone Giveaway to Residents



Jun 18, 2007, 01:00 ET from Qwest

    SEATTLE, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- National Emergency Preparedness Week
 starts today -- and there is no better time for it. According to the
 National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Seattle 9-1-1 calls peak
 during the summer months. To help with safety preparedness during the
 summer season, Qwest and NENA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
 advancing emergency communications, continue the "Connect for Safety"
 campaign to raise awareness about how landline service and corded phones
 help ensure more reliable access to 9-1-1 in an emergency.
     In partnership with NENA and to commemorate National Emergency
 Preparedness Week, Qwest Communications will provide 500 free corded
 landline phones on Saturday, June 23 to area residents on a first-come
 first-serve basis. The "Connect for Safety" event will be held at the
 Bellevue Strawberry Festival presented by Qwest in Crossroads Park from 10
 a.m. -- 8:30 p.m.
     Connected to Help
     When a call is made from a landline phone in an enhanced 9-1-1 service
 area, the dispatch center receives the address automatically -- a benefit
 for emergency responders that saves time and could potentially help them
 save lives. A system to convey location information for cell phone calls to
 emergency responders is not yet fully deployed in every community -- making
 landlines and corded phones a must-have for all households.
     Landlines may be reliable during power outages. Cordless, cable and
 Internet phones can fail during outages because they rely on the main
 electrical supply, but a traditional home phone with a cord uses an
 entirely different electrical system.
     "Other phone technologies offer great features and mobility benefits,
 but a landline is more reliable and effective for accessing
 emergency-response services," says Robert Martin, executive director for
 NENA. "To be ready for emergencies, all homes should have at least one
 landline connected to a corded phone."
     Summer Emergency Preparedness
     As families get ready for summer, Qwest and NENA recommend that all
 households get emergency-ready by stocking up with the following items:
     -- Flashlights with working batteries in easy-to-find locations
     -- Battery-powered radio
     -- First aid kit
     -- Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
     -- Fire extinguisher
     -- Corded phone with landline phone service
     -- List of emergency numbers near the corded, landline phone
     "As families prepare for home emergencies, the need for a corded phone
 and landline is often overlooked," says Kirk Nelson, state president for
 Qwest in Washington. "Through this educational campaign and partnership
 with NENA to develop and enable next-generation emergency communications
 systems, Qwest wants to help ensure that local residents have reliable home
 access to potentially life-saving 9-1-1 service."
     For more helpful tips on calling 9-1-1 and about the safety benefits of
 traditional phone service, visit http://www.connectforsafety.com.
     About NENA
     NENA's mission is to foster the technological advancement, availability
 and implementation of a universal emergency telephone number system
 (9-1-1). In carrying out its mission, NENA promotes research, planning,
 training and education. The protection of human life, the preservation of
 property, and the maintenance of general community security are among
 NENA's objectives
     About Qwest
     Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of managed voice and
 data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers -- locally
 and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's
 industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for
 quality products and superior customer experience. Qwest is a participant
 in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to
 provide leading-edge voice, data and video services. For more information
 on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to
 http://www.qwest.com. For information about the products and services Qwest
 is offering in the Networx contract, visit http://www.gsanetworx.com
     Some cable Internet phone service equipment includes a battery back-up
 that may provide service up to 8 hours. Qwest landline service combined
 with a corded phone not requiring electricity is not typically affected by
 power outages, provided phone lines are intact. Phone service and access to
 911 are never guaranteed.
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of Qwest Communications
 International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.
     Contacts:  Media Contact:               Media Contact:
                Leigh Picchetti              Shannon Weasler
                Qwest                        Edelman
                303-965-1414                 312-552-1161
                leigh.picchetti@qwest.com    shannon.weasler@edelman.com
 
 

SOURCE Qwest
    SEATTLE, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- National Emergency Preparedness Week
 starts today -- and there is no better time for it. According to the
 National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Seattle 9-1-1 calls peak
 during the summer months. To help with safety preparedness during the
 summer season, Qwest and NENA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
 advancing emergency communications, continue the "Connect for Safety"
 campaign to raise awareness about how landline service and corded phones
 help ensure more reliable access to 9-1-1 in an emergency.
     In partnership with NENA and to commemorate National Emergency
 Preparedness Week, Qwest Communications will provide 500 free corded
 landline phones on Saturday, June 23 to area residents on a first-come
 first-serve basis. The "Connect for Safety" event will be held at the
 Bellevue Strawberry Festival presented by Qwest in Crossroads Park from 10
 a.m. -- 8:30 p.m.
     Connected to Help
     When a call is made from a landline phone in an enhanced 9-1-1 service
 area, the dispatch center receives the address automatically -- a benefit
 for emergency responders that saves time and could potentially help them
 save lives. A system to convey location information for cell phone calls to
 emergency responders is not yet fully deployed in every community -- making
 landlines and corded phones a must-have for all households.
     Landlines may be reliable during power outages. Cordless, cable and
 Internet phones can fail during outages because they rely on the main
 electrical supply, but a traditional home phone with a cord uses an
 entirely different electrical system.
     "Other phone technologies offer great features and mobility benefits,
 but a landline is more reliable and effective for accessing
 emergency-response services," says Robert Martin, executive director for
 NENA. "To be ready for emergencies, all homes should have at least one
 landline connected to a corded phone."
     Summer Emergency Preparedness
     As families get ready for summer, Qwest and NENA recommend that all
 households get emergency-ready by stocking up with the following items:
     -- Flashlights with working batteries in easy-to-find locations
     -- Battery-powered radio
     -- First aid kit
     -- Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
     -- Fire extinguisher
     -- Corded phone with landline phone service
     -- List of emergency numbers near the corded, landline phone
     "As families prepare for home emergencies, the need for a corded phone
 and landline is often overlooked," says Kirk Nelson, state president for
 Qwest in Washington. "Through this educational campaign and partnership
 with NENA to develop and enable next-generation emergency communications
 systems, Qwest wants to help ensure that local residents have reliable home
 access to potentially life-saving 9-1-1 service."
     For more helpful tips on calling 9-1-1 and about the safety benefits of
 traditional phone service, visit http://www.connectforsafety.com.
     About NENA
     NENA's mission is to foster the technological advancement, availability
 and implementation of a universal emergency telephone number system
 (9-1-1). In carrying out its mission, NENA promotes research, planning,
 training and education. The protection of human life, the preservation of
 property, and the maintenance of general community security are among
 NENA's objectives
     About Qwest
     Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of managed voice and
 data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers -- locally
 and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's
 industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for
 quality products and superior customer experience. Qwest is a participant
 in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to
 provide leading-edge voice, data and video services. For more information
 on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to
 http://www.qwest.com. For information about the products and services Qwest
 is offering in the Networx contract, visit http://www.gsanetworx.com
     Some cable Internet phone service equipment includes a battery back-up
 that may provide service up to 8 hours. Qwest landline service combined
 with a corded phone not requiring electricity is not typically affected by
 power outages, provided phone lines are intact. Phone service and access to
 911 are never guaranteed.
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of Qwest Communications
 International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.
     Contacts:  Media Contact:               Media Contact:
                Leigh Picchetti              Shannon Weasler
                Qwest                        Edelman
                303-965-1414                 312-552-1161
                leigh.picchetti@qwest.com    shannon.weasler@edelman.com
 
 SOURCE Qwest