Lightfoot Urges Residents To Sign Up For Smart911

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As police, firefighters and paramedics across the city continue to be exposed to the coronavirus, Lori Lightfoot Saturday urged Chicagoans to create a profile on Smart911, which will alert first responders to a caller’s medical information before responding to any incidents.

The “free, voluntary and secure service” lets people input their medical information so that in the event that someone needs to call 911, the call taker will automatically see any relevant medical information, including whether the caller or their family is under quarantine or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

 “Each and every day, our Chicago police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel collectively answer the call to service, and by using OEMC’s Smart911 service, they’ll be better-equipped to respond to emergencies and keep our residents safe,” Lightfoot said. “During this unprecedented health crisis, it’s our duty to support our first responders and ensure they have the resources and information they need to do their job safely and effectively. That’s why I urge all residents to utilize this service and fulfill that commitment.”

Support our first responders by ensuring they have the information they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.Sign up for Smart911, a free, voluntary and secure service that provides them critical medical information.https://t.co/n3CvgID8a9 pic.twitter.com/ezunYTjUzS

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) March 28, 2020

The mayor’s office said the information will allow first responders to be better equipped to assist callers.

Residents can also download the Smart911 app and receive check-in messages from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the mayor’s office said.

 As of Saturday, at least 21 Chicago Police Department employees had tested positive for coronavirus, while at least eight Chicago Fire Department employees had tested positive.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2020. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)