How Will You Know When Elderly Relatives Are in Danger Without Snooping?


The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates over 80% of the elderly live alone or with their spouse (37% of elderly women live alone), away from their children. Many have rudimentary cell phones and are not connected to social media, which are important to receiving alerts when danger in their community is near.

Would your elderly relatives or family members with special needs know when an emergency or natural disaster is occurring in their area. Would they know what to do or how to get to safety? There’s a very simple fix for that! Register your contact information with the Reverse 911 alert system in their area. By registering your contact information for the address of an elderly or special needs family member you will be sent alerts if first responders identify a danger in their area. Once alerted you can intervene by:

  1. Checking to see that they are safe by direct contact
  2. Contacting one of their neighbors or care providers
  3. Contacting first responders to check on them

For example; if there is a gas leak in your parents’ neighborhood you would receive a Reverse 911 alert. Knowing you parents have COPD and are especially sensitive to air quality, you attempt to contact them to verify they received the alert and know what action to take. If you cannot reach them you call the local first responders for a wellness check. Your intervention can verify they are safe or will find someone to help move them to safety.

Reverse 911 is Different Than Most Alert Systems Available to the Public

Not to be confused with the text alerts you automatically receive for severe weather on your cell phone, Reverse 911 alerts allow you to register to receive voice, text or email alerts and updates regarding dangers at any address from local emergency responders and government agencies. These alerts are location specific, and provide authoritative guidance often delivered minutes before the news media. In a flash flood, wild fire or similar event those minutes are critical.

Reverse 911 covers 75% of the U.S. population and is free. While notification features can vary by community, most have local landline numbers for contact. But the catch is in order for you to receive notifications on your cell phone and additional numbers, you are required to sign up manually. Trying to find local Reverse 911 systems can be difficult, but SafetyInformed provides a national ZIP code searchable database of links to local agencies for registration and provides guidance with the sign up process.

It’s Not “If,” but “When”

Since 2011 major disasters have hit every region of the county. Dangerous situations like gas leaks, industrial accidents and police actions develop in every community sooner or later. Keeping your family both near and far connected during an emergency can improve the outcome.

SafetyInformed recommends registering for family and friends whether they live across town or across the country. Also recommended is signing up every mobile number in the home for your immediate locations of concern; home, work, day care, etc. It’s another way to be connected and improve your family’s resiliency. Gain peace of mind knowing an alert of danger will come to you and register to receive alerts for all family members whether they live near or far away.


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The first step in keeping your family safe is to register all your mobile phones with local Reverse911 services

Learn step-by-step how to set up Reverse911 and create an effective Emergency Plan to protect your whole family before, during, and after the most common emergencies. It's FREE to sign up.

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