County Sheriff urges residents to sign up for Smart911

MAYVILLE – Since it is the season for winter storm warnings to be in effect, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace is urging residents to register for the public safety service, Smart911. Smart911 allows citizens to create a free, secure Safety Profile online that contains important information about their household.

Smart911 allows residents of a community to share information about themselves and their families with public safety and emergency management officials. This can include general data on a household, ranging from the identities of the residents, locations of bedrooms and utility information, to specific details about disabilities and medical conditions requiring such things as oxygen, dialysis and more. Public safety officials can quickly leverage this data to identify potential challenges and expedite emergency response and recovery efforts during events such as ice storms, as well as to facilitate response to 911 calls.

Should an event such as a winter storm result in a power outage or necessitate evacuations, officials are able to quickly determine which residents require electricity for medical conditions, identify those needing assistance evacuating their homes and even facilitate the proper handling of pets and livestock. It provides particular peace of mind to those with functional or access needs.

Also if a citizen dials 911, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the call taker, allowing them to send the right response teams to the right location with the right information, expediting emergency response.

A Safety Profile is safe, secure and residents manage their own information. Citizens can register for Smart911 online immediately and for free at www.smart911.com.