Citizens of Douglas County can now use Smart911. It's a website where people can register their name, phone number and other pertinent information to share with 911 dispatchers. Scott Ruf, Emergency Communications Director for Douglas County, says the system is designed to save time during emergencies.
Douglas County started using the system this month and so far... it's the only place in Kansas to adopt Smart911. You may register anytime, for free, at Smart911.com.
Douglas County's Smart 911 System Now Available (#2)
When you call 911 from a land-line, dispatchers have a limited amount of information about WHO -- and WHERE -- you are. But these days, 75 percent of emergency calls come from cell phones, leaving dispatchers in the dark. Douglas County now has a system in place to change that. It's called Smart911. Emergency Communications Director Scott Ruf says residents can use the web-based system to provide additional information to dispatchers.
Ruf says it's important for Douglas County residents to register for the service now -- before an emergency. To sign up, log-on to Smart911.com.