In today’s world it is critical to be prepared for emergencies in our homes and in our neighborhoods. Smart911 is a free service used by public safety agencies across the country to enhance communication and response times for their communities. It can be used by 9-1-1 agencies to quickly send first responders to the location of an emergency equipped with relevant information to better plan for and respond to disasters. It can also be utilized by municipalities to send emergency notifications to their citizens.
Smart911 allows citizens to provide the additional details that 9-1-1 call takers may need in order to assist them during an emergency. When you dial 9-1-1 today the information received by the 9-1-1 call center can be limited based on the type of phone you are calling on. With Smart911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your safety profile, the 9-1-1 system recognizes your phone number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the person who receives your call.
Information that is especially valuable to public safety agencies can include specific details about the household such as individuals who require electricity for medical needs, those who may require assistance when vacating their home, and sheltering needs for all citizens and pets in the event of a disaster or evacuation. Information kept on file for emergency notifications can include phone numbers for all individuals within a household, and preferred communication methods.
In some areas, you can also elect to share your Smart911 information with Emergency Management in addition to 9-1-1. This allows your local emergency officials to better plan for and respond to disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and power outages. Having knowledge of specific needs such as disabilities and special medical considerations, gives Emergency Management the opportunity to identify and better help individuals who will need the most assistance during an incident. Even if no member of your household has significant medical conditions, there are numerous pieces of information that can be useful to these emergency planners. For example, did you know that pets (other than service animals) are not allowed in an emergency shelter? By knowing the number of animals that may require emergency sheltering, emergency management can be better prepared to accommodate them.
We at Denver West Insurance Brokers encourage you to share your contact information with both 9-1-1 and Emergency Management so you can be protected during a 9-1-1 call and in the event of a disaster.