Public Safety Officials Encourage Residents to Sign Up For the Free Service That Provides Emergency Responders with More Information to Save Time and Save Lives
BARRY COUNTY, June 10, 2014 – Public safety officials in Barry County announced today that Smart911 is now available to all citizens. Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that can include any information they may want 9-1-1 call takers and first responders to have in the event of an emergency, then if they need to dial 9-1-1 their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker’s screen saving critical seconds and even minutes in response to the emergency.
“By bringing Smart911 service to Barry County, we are giving local residents and visitors the ability to provide potentially life-saving information to first responders before an emergency, which is especially important in situations when the caller is panicked or unable to speak.” Said Hastings City Police Chief Jeff Pratt.
Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and response teams to have in the event of an emergency. When a citizen makes an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right response teams to the right location with the right information. Responders can be aware of many details they would not have known previously, and now fire crews can arrive at a house fire knowing how many people live in the home and the location of bedrooms, EMS can be advised of allergies or specific medical conditions and police can have the photo of a missing child in seconds rather than minutes or hours.
“When you call 9-1-1, you’re not having your best day and even the simplest of details can be difficult to communicate in a time of panic, “said Phyllis Fuller, Barry County Central Dispatch Director. “By creating a Safety Profile before an emergency happens they are ensuring that we will have the information we need even if they can’t communicate it.”
With Smart911, citizens can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to responders in the field for more a detailed, rapid response. Additional information including pets in the home, vehicle details in the event of an accident, and even emergency contacts can all be included in a Safety Profile. All information is optional and the citizen has the ability to choose what details they would like to include.
“The more information made available to 9-1-1 call takers the better," said Thornapple Fire Chief Dave Middleton. “Knowing how many people live in the home, where the bedrooms are located and even pets in the home can ensure we know who we need to help and where they might be”
Smart911 is currently available in 33 states and more than 450 municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting emergency outcomes including a missing child in which the girls photo and physical description were immediately available to 9-1-1 and responders, as well as a heart attack victim where an address and medical notes allowed responders to be dispatched to his location quickly. In Michigan Smart911 is also available in Grand Traverse, Van Buren, Eaton, Ionia, Ottawa, Crawford and Kalkaska Counties.
“When citizens put more information in the hands of emergency responders prior to an emergency, they are enabling faster and more knowledgeable response for themselves and their families,” said 9-1-1 Board Chair Lani Forbes.
Citizens are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 today to have their information immediately available to 9-1-1. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.
Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety said, “Barry County is demonstrating their commitment to creating a dependable 9-1-1 center that can support their community with a quick and accurate response to any type of emergency.”