Calcasieu Parish gets Smart 911 system - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Calcasieu Parish gets Smart 911 system

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Calcasieu Parish officials unveiled their new Smart 911 system on Thursday afternoon. It's a free service for all Calcasieu Parish residents.

Calcasieu Parish is the first location in Louisiana to upgrade to the system, which takes into account the changes in technology.

Robert Martin, Calcasieu Parish Communications Director, said, "The landlines aren't being used as much because everybody's so mobile, so that old information is no good."

More than 70 percent of all 911 calls come from cell phones which only gives responders your general location. But Smart 911 allows you to include cell phone numbers for everyone in your household and where they can be found, all on your profile.

"It's an enhanced, free service that allows citizens to input their personal, medical and household information so it's available to first responders when they call," said Martin.

And sometimes it's the first few seconds that are the most important.

"When they call us, they're already wishing we were right there so this just helps us have that much more information. And as Robert said, when they came to see us, it was a no brainer," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Residents can create a profile by logging onto Calcasieu911.com. You can enter as much information as you'd like. All data is private and secure – only first responders see it when you call.

Calcasieu Police Jury President Shannon Spell said, "It's a great program and we encourage everyone to be a part of it."

First responders say any extra information about an emergency can help them in their response, saving them time so they can help save you.

To create a Smart 911 profile, visit: http://www.calcasieu911.com/.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • CPSB committee meeting approves Pre-K tuition for ineligible students

    CPSB committee meeting approves Pre-K tuition for ineligible students

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:27 PM EST2018-01-24 04:27:59 GMT
    (Source: WikiCommons/Flickr/Abrhujit Tembhekar)(Source: WikiCommons/Flickr/Abrhujit Tembhekar)

    A meeting centered on the issue of Pre-k eligibility and access in Calcasieu Parish public schools will be held tonight.

    More >>

    A meeting centered on the issue of Pre-k eligibility and access in Calcasieu Parish public schools will be held tonight.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Mancuso: Search in Starks related to decade-old missing persons case

    Mancuso: Search in Starks related to decade-old missing persons case

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:59 PM EST2018-01-24 00:59:49 GMT
    Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says deputies are acting on a tip and searching a field in Starks for a body of a person missing for more than a decade. (Source: KPLC)Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says deputies are acting on a tip and searching a field in Starks for a body of a person missing for more than a decade. (Source: KPLC)

    Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating after receiving a tip that a body of a person missing for more than a decade may be buried in a field behind the EZ Mart on La. 12 in Starks. However, Sheriff Tony Mancuso stressed that the investigation has revealed nothing thus far. "There is nothing concrete that tells us there is something or there isn't something," he said. Mancuso also put to bed social media rumors that multiple bodies have be...

    More >>

    Authorities with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating after receiving a tip that a body of a person missing for more than a decade may be buried in a field behind the EZ Mart on La. 12 in Starks. However, Sheriff Tony Mancuso stressed that the investigation has revealed nothing thus far. "There is nothing concrete that tells us there is something or there isn't something," he said. Mancuso also put to bed social media rumors that multiple bodies have be...

    More >>
  • Mother claims 7 year-old son was kicked off school bus far from home

    Mother claims 7 year-old son was kicked off school bus far from home

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:50 PM EST2018-01-24 00:50:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A Lake Charles mother claims her 7 year-old son was kicked off his school bus more than a mile away from home. Now, she's left looking for answers. Toni Thomas says her son, Joseph, didn't get off the bus one day.  "People were calling and knocking on the door, kids were running," said Thomas. "They came in and they were said Joe got put off the bus and I thought they were talking about at the school because he gotten in trouble or something, but they s...

    More >>

    A Lake Charles mother claims her 7 year-old son was kicked off his school bus more than a mile away from home. Now, she's left looking for answers. Toni Thomas says her son, Joseph, didn't get off the bus one day.  "People were calling and knocking on the door, kids were running," said Thomas. "They came in and they were said Joe got put off the bus and I thought they were talking about at the school because he gotten in trouble or something, but they s...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly