March 28, 2013
today announced the finalists chosen in their national "Be the Face of Smart911" online photo contest, which aims to represent Smart911 users across the country. From hundreds of submissions, the finalist field was narrowed down to 20 entries depicting citizens who have created a Smart911 Safety Profile, along with the reason why they created theirs. Smart911 is a national public safety service which allows citizens to create a Safety Profile at
with information about their household they want 9-1-1 to have during an emergency call; details a dispatcher can quickly send to responders in the field for fast, more effective service.
"We were overwhelmed with the quality of entries we received," said
, president and CEO of Rave Mobile Safety, creators of Smart911. "From young to old, in states across the country, we have learned that there are many reasons people create a Safety Profile, but the consistent theme is simply to protect themselves, their loved ones and have additional peace of mind."
An online vote is now open through
5:00 pm EDT
. Individuals are encouraged to go online to browse entries which show a photo and reason for creating a Safety Profile, first name, location, as well as the charity they have designated to receive a donation in their name should they be chosen as a winner. Four winners will receive prizes, a donation to the charity of their choice, and be featured on the home page of Smart911.com and in national marketing materials.
A Safety Profile can include data about an individual, family, a residence, even pets, ranging from details on medical conditions, disabilities and special needs to home addresses associated with mobile phones, utilities, emergency contacts and more. As a result, fire crews can be aware of such things as how many people live at a home and the location of bedrooms and gas valves. EMS can know about specific conditions for fast, precise medical treatment. And because profiles can contain photos, in the event of a missing child, police can gain an advantage, receiving critical information in seconds versus hours.