Schmidt supports amendment for ‘Smart911’

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt voted in support of an amendment to the general government budget on Wednesday for a Smart911 system in Michigan.

Grand Traverse County first adopted the system in 2013 and the budget appropriation voted on in the Senate would help all counties adopt the system.

“A modern interconnected society requires smarter public safety,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Smart911 helps to achieve that by enabling residents to create personalized profiles to better help public safety officials with critical information in times of emergency.”

According to the service, Smart911 allows residents to provide additional information that 9-1-1 operators may need in order to assist during an emergency. When an emergency call is made from a phone registered with a Smart911 Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 system recognizes the phone number and automatically displays the supplied profile for the operator.

Profile information is provided by the registered user and can include information about family members, pets and vulnerable household members. Businesses also can provide information, including building floor plans and access codes. The emergency operator shares this information with the appropriate first responders.

“Grand Traverse County was the first in Michigan to adopt Smart911, and this budget appropriation will help bring the system statewide so all residents can participate,” Schmidt said.