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Donate Your Old Phone to Help Storm Victims

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From NewsRadioKLBJ, The Pflugerville Justice Center, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane, has a drop-off collection in the dispatch lobby for old cell phones to repurpose for use by senior citizen centers, domestic violence shelters and individuals without phone access to help them call 9-1-1. After Hurricane Harvey and Irma, the demand for used cell phones is on the rise. Secure the Call is asking for 3000 cell phones to help reach increasing demand in Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

By law, cell phones in the United States must be capable of accessing 9-1-1 regardless of if they are linked to a phone carrier, so as long as an old unused phone is charged, it can still call 9-1-1.Through a partnership with SecuretheCall.org, phones donated are given to people in need and considered a high risk for needing emergency services.

Not only does the program get a cell phone into the hands of someone who may need to call for help in an emergency, the program also helps reduce electronic waste through the recycling of broken or unwanted phones which pile up in landfills. A drop-off stand is located in the after-hours entrance on the east side of the Police Department.

The SecureTheCall.org website has a print label you can use to send your cell phone directly to the organization, or you may drop off your phone at the Pflugerville Police Department. Together, let’s help make sure everyone can call 9-1-1.

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