911 Cellphone Bank

By Linda L. Zimmerman

Deborah Mullen is the Lincoln Triad Coordinator in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  Here are two real-life stories recalled by Mullen about how 911 emergency cell phones helped senior citizens.

One elderly woman who had received an emergency cell phone, slipped on the floor in her own home. She ended up unconscious with her emergency cell phone at her fingertips.  The spouse of the lady, however, reached for the emergency phone and dialed “911.” The call went directly to the state police, and within minutes she was rescued. She is fine now, and her spouse is thankful for the phone.

Another episode was also with an elderly woman,  but this senior had no electricity due to a power outage.  The Lincoln County Triad provided 911 emergency cell phones to the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who gave one to this lady.  She was on Lifeline® Medical Alert (a necklace with an emergency panic button that works in conjunction the telephone), but without power there was no Lifeline® support system.

In this particular area of the state residents suffer power outages at least 5-6 times a year for as long as a week at a time. This was one of those times, and this phone gave this lady the security and assurance that she needed to last the balance of the four days without power. She was so thankful for the phone that she called Deborah and personally thanked her for giving the phones to the EMTs. There are a lot of seniors that depend on Lifeline®, and Mullen strongly urges anyone who has Lifeline® to make alternative plans before the power goes off.

For more information on RMS, contact Ken Kane, Director Sales & Marketing, RMS Communications Group, Inc., (352) 369-3888x1303, fax (352) 369-3866, kkane@rmscomm.com. For more information on Triad, visit www.nationaltriad.org, or contact Terri Hicks (800) 424-7827 ext. 301, fax (703) 519-8567, terrih@sheriffs.org.

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