Published: March 12th, 2015

Category: Autism, Community

Residents in the following six counties served by UF CARD/Gainesville can now create a safety profile at the Smart911 website:
Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Union.

The information you enter will be displayed on the 911 call taker’s screen when you make an emergency call. Valuable information about your loved one with autism will help first responders and could save seconds or even minutes during an emergency. You can also enter information about yourself, other family members, your home, pets, and vehicles.

You can check availability of Smart911 in your area here:

Smart911 can help with…

Wandering or Elopement
If the person with autism has wandered, their Safety Profile can provide a current photo, physical description and home address to assist responders in locating them quickly.

Medical Emergency
If the person with autism has a medical condition that requires specific medication, or if they are allergic to a medication, their Safety Profile can provide these details allowing for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Behavioral Condition
If the person with autism displays specific behavior in a situation, the proper way to approach and interact with them can be listed in their personal notes in their Safety Profile. This will give response teams details on handling each individual person.

Hiding/Sensory Reaction
If the person with autism is sensitive to flashing lights or sirens, or had a safe place in the home they will hide in when they are frightened, responders can be instructed to turn off sirens or lights, and where to look for that person. This is especially helpful in the event of a fire.