EPD Launch Registry for Residents with Communication Issues
Being involved in an emergency is difficult for everyone. Your adrenaline is surging, your emotions are on high alert, and depending on the situation and its severity, you may temporarily lose all awareness of where you are or what has happened. When I was boned by a drunk driver on my way to work one morning nearly four years ago, the impact caused my truck to spin about 90 degrees in a different direction than I was going. side before the collision. It took me about a minute to get my bearings and figure out what had happened and where I was. Now imagine something like this happening to someone with sensory, movement, or communication issues. The first responders arriving on the scene should have helped them differently than those who responded to my accident. A new registry with the Evansville Police Department will help responders prepare by letting them know in advance that someone with these challenges has been involved in an emergency.
Evansville Police Department Launches ‘Keep Me Safe Registry’
The Department has partnered with Optimal Rhythms, a Newburgh-based agency that works with people diagnosed with autism, to create the “Keep Me Safe Registry”.
The registry is designed to “ensure that first responders have the best information available to help keep [those with special needs] safe in case of emergency or crisis. Registration is free and completely voluntary.
How the Keep Me Safe registry works
Visit the Optimal Rhythms website and click on the “JOIN REGISTRY” button in the middle of the page, just below the photo of members of the Evansville Police Department with an Optimal Rhythms advocate. This will bring up an email form where you provide the following information about the person you want to add:
- Vulnerable person’s name, address, age, date of birth, current height/weight
- License plate numbers and descriptions of vehicles in which the person often drives
- Portrait of the vulnerable person
- Name and contact details of the emergency contact(s) for the vulnerable person
- Name and contact details of the person’s doctor
Once you submit the form, here’s what happens according to Optimal Rhythms:
The information shared in the registry will then be provided to the local dispatcher to be retained until needed. When a home or vehicle on the registry receives a 911 call or is involved in an accident or traffic stop, first responders are trained to look for the KEEP ME SAFE sticker and advise dispatch if the home where the car is registered. . The dispatch will then provide valuable information to first responders on the call to ensure they are better equipped to respond to the needs of the registered vulnerable person.
In addition to your registered information, you will receive a sticker similar to the one below for each vehicle and home you listed when registering. This will further assist responders who arrive on the scene to assist.
Visit the Optimal Rhythms website for more information about the Keep Me Safe Registry, the mission of Optimal Rhythms, and to make a donation to help support this mission.
[Sources: Evansville Police Department on Facebook / Optimal Rhythms]
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