Knowing the basics about 9-1-1 could save your life. For example, many Owensboro residents are surprised to learn that 9-1-1 call takers cannot see their exact location if they call 9-1-1 from a cellular phone. This is one of the many reasons why the Owensboro-Daviess County Dispatch launched the free public safety service, Smart911, for its residents.
You sign up and create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com to give 9-1-1 valuable information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles that will automatically display on the 9-1-1 call taker’s screen when you make an emergency call.
Your Safety Profile immediately displays to 9-1-1 call takers when you dial 9-1-1, which allows first responders to assist you faster and more effectively. These details can save seconds or even minutes during an emergency.
When a child goes missing, every second counts. In your Safety Profile, you can provide a photo and physical description of your child, which 9-1-1 can forward to responders in the field immediately upon receiving your 9-1-1 call, allowing for a search to begin within minutes.
If you are in a car accident, you will likely need to dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone. The make, model and color of your vehicle will be immediately available in your Safety Profile. This information can help facilitate a quick response because responders can more easily identify the vehicle.
If you have a pet, it is beneficial for responders to be aware of them so that they can approach your home with appropriate tactics to best assist you and keep your pet safe from harm. If there is a fire in your home, your pets can be included in your Safety Profile so that responders know they are in the house and may need assistance as well.
Smart911 is free, private and secure, and you control what information is in your profile. The only time the information you enter into your Safety Profile is seen is when you call 9-1-1. No one plans to call 9-1-1, but you can plan ahead at www.smart911.com, so sign up today.
Be Smart About Safety. The more time 9-1-1 can save the more lives they can save. Take 5 minutes to create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com. Smart911 is a free service provided by the Owensboro-Daviess Dispatch Center.
All Owensboro residents should sign up for www.smart911.com today to keep their family safe. It’s free, private and secure.