Smart911 Gives Golden Valley Residents a Tool to Assist First Responders in Emergencies
Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone.
When a 911 call is placed, first responders may not get all the information they need to handle the situation.
This is where Smart911 comes in.
Smart911 is a program where citizens can provide Hennepin County Dispatch important information about themselves and their homes.
This information will come up on the computer screen of a sworn officer when responding to a phone call from that particular cell phone, who can then share it with first responders.
“The more information that officers are provided up front, the more informed we are prior to arrival, which gives us more time to respond directly to the needs of the individual that we’re there to help,” explained Alice White, Assistant Police Chief, Golden Valley.
Smart911 lets users create a personalized profile that will give first responders a better idea of what they’re walking into.
White encourages people to include information that they would want law enforcement or first responders to have prior to arriving at their home.
More Information Empowers Emergency Responders
For example, if you have a serious health condition, you can include that information in your profile. If you have a special way for officers or first responders to access your home, you can provide that information as well.
Signing up for Smart911 is free, and your information remains private.
“It is not data collection that is shared publicly,” stated White. “Law enforcement would have access to the information that you choose to provide.”
Anyone who lives, works, or regularly visits Hennepin County is encouraged to sign up for the service.
To sign up for Smart911, visit the City of Golden Valley’s website.