The Illinois Premise Alert Program is a program to provide first responders with vital information for people with special needs. The program, signed into law in August 2009, provides the framework for a 911 call center to accept information about people with disabilities and share that information with police, firefighters and paramedics in an emergency. In Champaign County, the Premise Alert Program is a collaborative effort among Champaign County law enforcement agencies, fire departments, METCAD and the Emergency Management Agency. It is designed to enhance first responder/citizen relationships and will provide first responders with important information prior to their arrival at an emergency scene.
Through the Premise Alert Program, citizens can inform local police and fire departments about a family member who may require special assistance or treatment in an emergency at home. That could be a lifesaver for families caring for loved ones with autism or Alzheimer’s disease, are blind or paralyzed. Telecommunicators at 911 call centers will have access to the information and will share it with police, firefighters and paramedics who respond to an emergency.
Will this program help? Definitely! If police and/or fire units responding to a call are able to have this sort of information before they arrive on the scene, they can ease a possible tense situation by speaking more softly and avoiding physical contact. Firefighters who respond to a call at the home of a quadriplegic can plan for a more complicated rescue. One early sign that this program will be a success: It’s an easy way to protect you and your family.
The process to enroll is simple. Please click on the button below to complete an interest card. Within a few days, you will receive a telephone call from a volunteer who will gather the necessary information and forward it to METCAD. You can also obtain a form by contacting your local police or fire department as well as Champaign County Emergency Management Agency or METCAD. In order to maintain accurate and timely information, citizens wishing to have information entered into the system will be asked to verify the information annually.