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North Platte Is First In Nebraska To Offer Smart911 To Citizens

City Officials Urge Citizens to Create a Safety Profile Providing Emergency Responders with Critical Information that Can Save Time and Lives

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and NORTH PLATTE, Neb., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- North Platte has announced that Smart911 is now available to all citizens for free to enhance 9-1-1 emergency services. Smart911 enables citizens to create a Safety Profile online that can include any information about their household that they want 9-1-1 to have in an emergency. When an emergency call is made, their profile is immediately delivered to the 9-1-1 call taker and information can be passed on to responders in the field, resulting in far greater emergency response effectiveness and saved lives.

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"Currently when we receive an incoming 9-1-1 call, we have limited information. That is especially true for calls from mobile phones," said Mary Ann Agler, Telecommunications Supervisor for the North Platte Police Department. "Having more information to better understand the situation is an immeasurable benefit to our call takers." 

"Knowing what kind of situation we are walking in to can help us to better plan our response to save time, and ultimately lives," said Lt. Steve Reeves, North Platte Police Department. "Knowing vehicle information can assist us in locating an accident, or knowing there are pets on the property can help us provide a safe response for the citizen and our officers."  

Smart911 is a nation-wide service that is entirely private and secure. Citizens can create a Safety Profile at www.Smart911.com, entering any information they want made available about themselves and family members, a residence, even pets. This can include data on medical conditions, disabilities and/or special needs, children's photos, home addresses of mobile phone callers, home utility details and emergency contacts.

"Knowing how many people are in a home and where the bedroom locations are can make a significant difference in a home fire," said North Platte Fire Chief, Paul Peterson.  

Smart911 is currently available in 26 states and over 300 municipalities. Having a Safety Profile has positively impacted emergencies across the country, including a missing child call during which a girl's photo and physical description was distributed to deputies while the mother was still on the phone with 9-1-1. The girl was recovered safely soon after the call was placed and law enforcement was far ahead of the normal timeframe when responding to the call. 

"By deploying Smart911 and urging citizens to create a Safety Profile, North Platte is demonstrating their commitment to delivering the most effective emergency services possible to area citizens," said Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety. "Municipalities are realizing how detailed information can dramatically improve emergency outcomes, and as this public/private partnership expands, we can look forward to increased public safety across the entire country."

About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted software partner for campus and public safety. Used by leading Institutes of Higher Education and State and Local Agencies, the award-winning portfolio of Rave Safe Campus, RaveAlert, RaveGuardian, Eyewitness, Smart911 and SmartPrepare enables millions to feel safe, secure and connected. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information please visit www.ravemobilesafety.com

Contact:
North Platte Police Department
Lt. Steve Reeves, 308-535-6789
Officer Rod Brown, 308-535-8418, BrownRD@ci.north-platte.ne.us

Marty Querzoli
Davies Murphy Group
Public Relations for Rave Mobile Safety
pr@ravemobilesafety.com
(781) 418-2433

SOURCE Rave Mobile Safety

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