I have thought about it more than once. If something devastating happens, such as a house fire, how will they know to get my Gabby (my dog) out of the house? Now in my situation, I only have a dog to be concerned about. I could not even imagine being a mother with a loving husband and two children. I doubt I would be able to sleep thinking about such things.
Last week I read a press release from the Polk County E911, and I got beyond excited. Des Moines and West Des Moines Metropolitan Area announced the addition of a free public safety service called Smart911. Smart911 allows you to create a free safety profile for yourself and your household. So, if you dial 9-1-1 from the phone associated with the account, all the information is instantly populated for the call taker. This even includes any images you like. Of course I did include an image of my pup.
Smart 911 allows you to enter as little or as much information as you like. I did check into the validity of the service, believe me. The last thing I wanted to do was enter all my personal information into a program that may help someone with bad intentions complete their mission. Check out the security and privacy page for Smart911 here.
Think about if you or a loved one has medical conditions, physical disabilities or have certain care issues that need to be known during a rescue situation. Brilliant. Another handy feature of the service is it also asked for an emergency contact. Also, they ask details about your car. Imagine getting in a situation in your vehicle where you can’t speak, however the 9-1-1 caller already knows the make, model and color of your vehicle.
Here is a great video that was on ABC about Smart911 and some success stories.