King County launched a regional service this week that enables residents to create personal safety profiles for first responders to use in the event of an emergency.
Called Smart911, the supplemental data service is free and voluntary for all King County residents. Those who register will be invited to enter their address, phone number and medical information into a secure database that will be made available to emergency officials when a 911 call is made from the registered phone number.
According to a King County news release, this information can be particularly helpful when a registered user places a 911 call from a cell phone. Calls that are placed via mobile phone display only the caller's general location, but Smart911 gives dispatchers a more precise location of the person who is in danger.
The service is already set up in Redmond and will be operational throughout King County by the end of the year.