This summer DC announced it would be participating in the Smart 911 service. With Smart911, residents are able to create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com that is automatically displayed to 9-1-1 during emergency calls. Smart911 allows you in enter information such as address, phone numbers associated with your address, household occupants including pets and other pertinent information about your family and your dwelling. First responders will be able to receive information ranging from your blood type to the location of your gas shut-off valve.
At first glance this seems like a great resource to have especially for elderly people living alone or citizens with critical health issues, but as I logged on and created my profile I felt slightly uneasy about providing so much personal information about myself and my residence. None of the information seems to be required, so you can choose how much or how little information to provide.
All in all it is a great resource, the more information first responders have in an emergency situation the better. However, I am carefully deciding how munch information I'm willing to share.
For more information visit https://www.smart911.com/ or the District's Office of Unified Communications at http://ouc.dc.gov/