Written by Christina Cepero 9:21 AM, Jul. 30, 2012  

Because every second counts in an emergency, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Naples Police Department partnered to implement Smart911. It is a database that allows residents to create a secure safety profile of vital personal and household information, including medications, medical conditions and even photographs of each member of the household. Information about family pets can also be entered. The safety profile will be displayed to 911 call takers immediately when that resident places an emergency call. This safety profile provides more vital information than was available on incoming calls and can contain the specific details that first responders need to save lives.

Residents are responsible for filing their own safety profile. A profile is important for many reasons. A profile can give law enforcement immediate access to a photograph if a child goes missing. For the hearing-impaired, a profile can alert the call taker to initiate text messaging as a means of communication in an emergency. A profile can also instantly provide emergency responders with critical information about medical conditions and medications.

Smart911 is private and secure. Sign up at smart911.com.