FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks North Star Borough is encouraging residents of Fairbanks to sign up for the Smart911 database.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough is encouraging residents of Fairbanks to sign up for the Smart911 database. (MGN Image Id: 339563)
Users enter information about their household, medical conditions, medications, pets and other information to the website or app. Then when they call 911, the dispatcher sees all of the information on their screen and can give the information to emergency services or the hospital so they can provide better care.
Borough Emergency Manager Baird Stiefel said that Fairbanks is the first city in Alaska to implement the system and encourages residents to take advantage of the service.
“Often times when we are hurt, we might not be able to talk, or we might be having difficulty breathing. And so that saves a step and makes help get there faster,” Stiefel said.
Stiefel said that people can put as little or as much information in the system as they want. He also ensured that the information is secure and that no one can look at it unless someone calls 911.
Stiefel encourages people who have already signed up for the service to make sure they are still registered. The system requires users to re-register every six months to make sure that the information stays up to date.
According to Stiefel there are around 1,000 households registered for the free service but he said they wish that number was much higher.
To sign up residents can go to Smart911.com or download the Smart911 app from their app store.
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