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S.A.Id - Special Needs Alerts and Identification Program
The S.A.Id (Special Needs Alerts and Identification) Program is providing local First Responders with the resources to identify and assist individuals with special needs who find themselves in an emergency situation. Let it be S.A.Id that we care. Let it be S.A.Id so that we can be there when you cannot.
This program allows parents, guardian or caregiver the opportunity to complete a simple information form that gives the Norman Police Department permission to create a specialized alert in our communication database. The S.A.Id alert defines the individual’s condition and/or needs to First Responders prior to them arriving to an incident to improve their response, interaction, and communication with the individual.
Who should participate?
Individuals with a physical or mental impairment including those with an increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions that require specialized assistance to best serve their needs and provide for increased safety for the individual and First Responders.
How do you sign-up?
There are two ways to sign-up for a S.A.Id alert:
- Online: Complete the participation form found here.
- Phone: Call 405-321-1444 and request an officer to respond to your home to complete the form and take a current photograph of the individual. You can find a pdf version of the form here.
Information pertaining to location alerts must be updated annually to ensure our database remains accurate and up to date. You can complete the Location Alert Update Form found here.
What happens after I submit my participation form?
Once a parent, guardian or caregiver submits the participation form the information will be entered into our secure, emergency communications database. Two alerts will be created.
- Personal Alert: This alert is tied to the name and date of birth of the individual. It will never expire.
- Location Alert: This alert is tied to an address. It will be good for one year. You must update the location alert on an annual basis or when an individual moves to a new residence. You can complete the Location Alert Update Form here.
Once in the database, the alerts will automatically provide key information to First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) responding to a call via their in-car technology. The information included in the alert allows First Responder to take extra steps to assist the individual based on his or her needs.
How will the information contained in the alert be used?
Enrollment in the S.A.Id Program will establish two alerts, one based on the individual’s name and date of birth
and a second based on the individual’s home address.
The alert will be created with the information you include on the S.A.Id Program Registration Form. All information will be entered into a secure, police communication database. When an officer is dispatched to a call for service, the database will notify the officers of any S.A.Id alerts attached to a person known to be involved in the incident or the location of the incident.
It is important to note that the S.A.Id alert is not a label but only an additional resource to assist the First
Responders with providing the best possible response to the incident.
The information in the S.A.Id alert is not a public record, will not be entered as part of the call for service record, and will not go out over the emergency response radio system.
This is not a tracking program.
It is not attended to be a labeling system. Individuals with special needs have enough labels attached to them by society and medical doctors. S.A.Id is simply a way for First Responders to better serve the members of their community.
S.A.Id alerts are not for First Responders to single out individuals. Instead, they allow First Responders to better identify those with special needs during an emergency to ensure that they are safe.
Do you have further questions about the S.A.Id Program? Send an email to Said@NormanOK.gov.
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