Nashville is one of a growing number of cities that have adopted the Smart911 system — a voluntary database that allows people to enter personal information, like medical conditions, number of children in a house, and other data that gives dispatchers information that could prove critical when they send first-responders out on emergency calls, reports USA Today. Washington, D.C., last week became the most recent to adopt the system.
This year, Arkansas became the first to adopt it statewide. It is used in nearly 300 communities in 25 states, says Todd Piett, chief product officer for Rave Mobile Safety, developers of Smart911. “The more information available to dispatchers the better,” said Jim Sierzchula, Baxter County, Ar., Office of Emergency Services Director. “It gives us that critical information we need.” Residents may create a Smart911 Safety Profile at www.smart911.com that is displayed to 911 during emergency calls. They can enter whatever information they like, including medical conditions, the number of children in the house, etc. Photographs can be included. There’s no direct cost to register, as the program is paid for by the public safety agencies that adopt it.