IRSD to Promote Smart911 and PulsePoint Initiatives
IRSD to Promote Smart911 and PulsePoint Initiatives
Posted on 10/02/2017

The Indian River School District is partnering with the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center to promote the Smart911 and PulsePoint initiatives.

In the coming weeks, brochures promoting both programs will be sent home with all district students. Parents are encouraged to review these materials carefully and consider signing up for these important services.

“This partnership with the Indian River School District is an excellent opportunity for us to spread the word about these life-saving programs and reach thousands more people,” Sussex County EOC Director Joseph L. Thomas said. “By sending brochures home with students, we are broadening our reach into households that may not otherwise know about the importance and value of the Smart911 and PulsePoint programs.”

More than 70 percent of 911 calls nationwide, and approximately 80 percent in Sussex County, are made from mobile phones. In these instances, 911 operators have only a phone number and a general sense of the caller’s location. Smart911 allows users to create a safety profile that provides valuable information about their home, family members, pets, vehicles and medical history to 911 operators during emergency calls. This information could shave valuable minutes off of emergency response times.

Smart911 users can go online to create a free personal safety profile that can be accessed by 911 operators during emergency calls. The Sussex County Emergency Operations is using this service for police, fire and medical emergencies. Residents can sign up at    

With Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) affecting more than 365,000 people each year and causing nearly 1,000 deaths per day in the United States, PulsePoint alerts CPR-trained bystanders to cardiac emergencies in their immediate vicinity. By downloading the PulsePoint app, individuals will be alerted to the exact location of an SCA emergency and the nearest Automated External Defibrillator so that they may perform CPR in the critical minutes before EMS teams arrive.      

SCA is one of the nation’s leading causes of preventable deaths. For every minute that passes before help arrives, the survival rate for an SCA victim decreases by 7-10 percent. Currently, nearly 60 percent of SCA victims do not receive CPR or AED services until professional help arrives. As a result, the SCA survival rate in the United States is only 11 percent.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Sussex County EOC to provide this valuable information to our parents,” IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele said. “Every second is critical in an emergency and these initiatives are designed to shorten response times by police, fire and medical personnel. We hope our parents will consider enrolling in these potentially life-saving programs.”   

Brochures being sent home with Indian River School District students will provide parents with information about signing up for these valuable services.