NENA – Texas Chapter Board

NENA – Texas Chapter Board
1999-2000 East Region Coordinator
Sonya Lopez

Hello TENA Members! I?m very excited about being your East Region Coordinator. I have been a member of NENA for some time and decided it was time to become more involved. I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know some of what is going on in my area. In the future, I will highlight activities from throughout the East.

I have been with Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network for 5 1/2 years as the Public Information Director. Time sure flies when your having fun! I am responsible for managing the distribution of education materials throughout the GHC 9-1-1 territory, media inquiries, as well as other activitites that may need public relations attention.

GHC 9-1-1 is very excited about its current education campaign to educate wireless users about the correct procedures when dialing 9-1-1. We look forward to the future of locating wireless callers, but are concerned that currently, citizens do not realize that 9-1-1 calls from cellular phones cannot be located. Cellular calls are at times 20-30% of 9-1-1 calls in the GHC 9-1-1 area. The campaign was launched in May and includes the participation of three of our wireless providers. The campaign message is 1-Where, 2-Who, 3-What, and will last through the summer. The main campaign component is a cellular phone sticker with this message to remind cellular phone users of the correct procedures. Each of the “Safety Coalition” partners inserted the stickers in each of their subscriber cellular phone bills, and new customer welcome packets. The campaign also includes well-placed radio spots on seven radio stations. Eller Media Company donated billboards throughtout the Network?s territory posting this important message.

To those of you I haven?t had the chance to meet, I look forward to meeting you during my tenure as East Coordinator. My success as your Coordinator will not come by my input alone – your concerns are very important. Feel free to call me anytime.

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