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Smart E911 signups to benefit those in Connecticut shooting

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“It’s the best Christmas gift you can give!” exclaimed Porter County Commissioner President John Evans, R-North, who went as far to say “it is the best thing ever!”

And, not only that, it’s free.

But what is truly wondrous is that you will also be helping the citizens of Newtown, Conn. in the wake of last week’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

E-911 Communications Director John Jokantas at this week’s County Commissioner meeting said that for those who sign up for Smart E911 through its national website, the service will donate $1 to Sandy Hook for each profile created throughout the rest of 2012.

“At this time of tragedy in their community, we honor the memory of those lost, and pay tribute to the 9-1-1 call takers and first responders who were called upon to respond to a devastating situation, and yet still continue on to offer support to their communities in their moment of need,” the website said.

Smart911, a service developed by Rave Mobile Safety, has been available to Porter County residents for more than a year and half. It has always been free and confidential and no cost to the county.

The website asks residents to provide information such as how many people live at the address, location of bedrooms, pet information, residents with disabilities or medical conditions and emergency shutoffs.

It also asks for you to provide emergency contact numbers and any pictures you may have of family members and pets so response teams can locate them.

Profile information is only accessed when the number calls 9-1-1 to request emergency service. First responders use the information to provide efficient emergency care.

To sign up, go to

Jokantas said more information can be found on the Porter County Central Communication Center’s Facebook page.





Posted 12/20/2012