Autauga County 911 Aims to Improve Services by Providing Smart911

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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

AUTAUGA COUNTY, Al. January 24, 2015 – Public safety officials in Autauga 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 should they need to dial 9-1-1 their Safety Profile will immediately display on the call taker's screen.

"By bringing Smart911 service to Autauga 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 Melissa Carpenter, director of Autauga County 911.

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 emergency responders 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 provide critical information to responders. 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.

"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 Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson. "By creating a Safety Profile before an emergency happens you are ensuring that we will have the information we need even if you are not able 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 a more 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 Prattville Fire Chief Terry Brown. "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 has been adopted in 38 states and over 1,000 municipalities. It has been credited with positively impacting emergency situations and saving lives across the U.S., including a missing child case in Arkansas, a heart attack victim in Tennesee and a man trapped in a house fire in Michigan. In Alabama Smart911 is also available in Dallas County, Limestone County, the City of Montgomery and Montgomery County.

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.

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