COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - It's a program that could save valuable seconds in an emergency and local law enforcement are pushing residents to create a Smart911 profile sooner rather than later. Smart911 is a safety profile available to anyone in Collier County.
It relays vital health information immediately to dispatchers if you call 911. Whether you have a child with an allergy or you have a heart condition, creating a profile will not only help you and your family, but it also helps support those affected in the Connecticut tragedy.
Smart911 is a free safety profile for anyone in Collier County. It's purpose is to give dispatchers and first responders specific information immediately.
"In my opinion we have to try everything we can, we do," says June McMahon. June was born deaf. She is speaking to me through a video relay service using an interpreter. If June needed to call 911, her profile would immediately pop up in front of the dispatcher informing them, she's deaf.
"They would be able to share that information at the hospital too and the fact that an interpreter would be needed," says June.
You can put as much or as little information in your profile. Your cell phone number, address, medications or disabilities.
Tom Axbey, CEO of Rave Mobile Safety says, "today 70 percent of the calls received come from mobile devices and when a caller calls from a mobile device, they have very little information about them. They don't have a name, they just have a number and maybe the x y coordinates of where they are."
Shelly and her husband live in Naples and haven't heard of Smart911, until now. "I have a lung disease, cystic fibrosis so i'm always afraid that by the time somebody would try and describe my background and medication and everything, times ticking and there's just too much to talk about."
Her husband adds, "I think this is brilliant. I'm going to go home and sign up right now."
You can create a profile for your children, even your pets. It's all information that makes a big difference for first responders.
In an effort to get more people to sign up, Rave Mobile Safety, the creators of Smart911 will donate $1 to the Sandy Hook Support Fund for every profile created between now and January 1st.
"What we decided to do is create a program that is a win win for the first responders and 911 call centers but also the people of Sandy Hook," says Axbey.
To create a safety profile go to www.smart911.com. Everything shared in your profile is protected and private.
The program is currently available in Collier County and nine other counties in Florida. Smart911 is also available in 26 states and more than 300 municipalities.