The Paradise Valley Police Department reminds families that there is a free service to help plan ahead of an emergency called AlertPV.
Powered by Smart911, the national public safety service, allows families to create a Safety Profile for the household by downloading the Smart911 App; or enrolling at www.alertpv.us; and providing details such as photos of children, home address, medical notes, and emergency contacts.
If any family member, according to a press release, dials 9-1-1 from any phone number registered to their Safety Profile, the information becomes available to dispatchers within the Town to send first responders to the correct location with current information on the individual in need.
Smart911 is available in 50 states and more than 3,500 municipalities across the country, the release said, crediting positively impacting the outcome of several emergencies.
In 2020, there were 365,348 reported cases involving missing children made to the National Crime Information Center, according to the FBI, and for each case, vital information was shared by families in crisis to assist responding officers.
By streamlining the process of receiving pertinent information from residents and visitors who dial 9-1-1 for any emergency including a missing child, first responders can improve lifesaving actions and the recovery of missing children.
Provide for the following emergency details:
A Missing Child: If a child is missing, a current photo and physical description in the family’s Safety Profile can save valuable time because it can be sent to officers in the field to immediately begin a search.
Emergency Call from a Child: A child may know how to dial 9-1-1, but may not always be able to relay the information needed to get help fast. Details such as an address, medical notes on a parent, or other family members in the household can be included in the Safety Profile.
An Incident Walking To or From School: If a child carries a cell phone and needs help for a medical issue or an accident, while walking to or from school, the Safety Profile will provide contact information for parents or other emergency contacts who need to be notified of the situation on behalf of the child.
An Incident at Home: In the event of a house fire, accident or other emergency at home, responders can be aware of who lives in the house, including pets, and be sure everyone is accounted for and safe.