FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the 109th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee will read Senate Joint Resolution #533, proclaiming March 16, 2016 "Smart911 Awareness Day" in Tennessee. Representative Kevin Brooks (R- Cleveland) and Senator Bill Ketron (R- Murfreesboro) co-sponsored the Resolution, celebrating Smart911 Awareness Day in recognition of the lifesaving information that Smart911 presents to first responders in an emergency and for the benefit to the community that it provides.
"Residents and businesses have been benefiting from Smart911 during emergency situations for years," said Representative Kevin Brooks, and sponsor of Resolution #533. "The service has been invaluable to our state's first responders in helping provide the highest level of public safety to those who need it. I hope, one day, Smart911 will be available across the entire state. In the meantime, I urge everyone in Tennessee to sign up for Smart911 so that 9-1-1 can help them faster and more effectively."
Smart911 is currently available in the cities of Nashville, including surrounding Davidson County, and Brentwood as well as Bedford, Maury and Wayne Counties. This lifesaving national safety service provides 9-1-1 call takers and emergency personnel with extra intelligence about the situation to which they are responding. Smart911 has been credited with positively impacting emergency situations and saving lives across the U.S., including a heart attack victim in Tennessee, a missing child case in Arkansas and a man trapped in a house fire in Michigan.
"Smart911 offers a simple, effective way to communicate with public safety in advance of an emergency," Senator Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro, and co-sponsor of Resolution #533 said of the services provided by Smart911. "Knowing whether a family has a child or loved one with a disability, a severe allergy, or special medical needs can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. By creating a free Safety Profile, residents can ensure that public safety have the information necessary to respond to any situation, and provide the best possible outcome when called upon. My hope is that one day soon, families and residents across Tennessee will be protected by this amazing service. I encourage everyone to go online to http://www.Smart911.com and create a free Safety Profile today to provide our first responders with the information they need to protect you and your loved ones."
Advocacy groups also appreciate the benefits provided to vulnerable populations, specifically, residents with physical or intellectual disabilities, who can be disproportionately impacted by emergency situations. To show their support for Smart911 and to make signing-up easy, on March 16, groups including Autism Tennessee, the YWCA of Nashville, the Tennessee Disability Coalition and others will be in attendance, speaking with legislators, and holding a registration event at the Capitol and encouraging everyone to create or update their Safety Profile. In addition to the Tennessee Legislative Plaza, people may register online at Smart911.com.
"When families go to http://www.smart911.com/ to create a free Safety Profile, it provides public safety with the types of information that can mean the difference between life and death," said Melanie Bull, public policy director at the Tennessee Disability Coalition. "Parents and families that have a person with a disability living in the home can preemptively identify those conditions to public safety, ensuring that first responders can take immediate action when a 9-1-1 call is placed. Identifying family members with epilepsy, autism, intellectual disabilities or mobility impairments empowers families and individuals with a disability, and improves outcomes in an emergency. Smart911 is the type of service that all families should take ten minutes to register for, but it is especially valuable to the most vulnerable members of our community, and I would encourage all residents to create their Safety Profiles in order to protect themselves and their loved ones."
Smart911, by Rave Mobile Safety, allows citizens to create a free Safety Profile online for their household that includes information they want 9-1-1 and response teams to have during 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. Fire crews can be aware of such things as how many people live at a home and the location of bedrooms. EMS can know about specific conditions for fast, precise medical treatment. Also, because profiles can contain photos, in the event of a missing child, police can gain an advantage, receiving critical information in seconds versus hours. All information is kept private and secure, only appearing when the associated number calls 9-1-1. Safety Profiles are also good state and nationwide – anytime a person with a Safety Profile calls for help in an area of the country supported by Smart911, their information will automatically appear to that call-taker. Via Smart911, dispatchers can also communicate with callers through SMS/text messaging, which has been instrumental in resolving pocket dial/open ended calls, as well as assisting in domestic abuse cases where the caller may be in danger and not in a position to speak. Smart911 is currently available in 40 states and more than 1,500 municipalities.
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