Project S.A.F.E.R is a voluntary program available to all citizens with special needs who live, work and attend school in Opelika, Alabama. The Special Needs Registry was created to help first responders better assist individuals with cognitive, developmental, physical, or mental health disabilities in the event of an emergency. Knowing an individual’s specific needs can afford officers and first responders the opportunity to quickly and effectively respond during critical incidents. Information on registrants is kept strictly confidential and will only be utilized during times of emergency.
Who should register?
Adults or children who:
Have a cognitive, developmental or mental health disability
Have a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or require additional assistance during an emergency
Use a service dog
How does it work?
When someone enrolls in the program, dispatch will upload their information and photo into our software. When police or fire personnel are dispatched to a specific address, or run the individual’s name through our system, they will be alerted to their special needs. Our communications team will also follow up with registrants every year to make sure the information remains up to date.
The registry requires individuals to provide their personal information such as legal name, address, date of birth, and emergency contact information. Registrants can elect to provide additional information on their special needs and upload a recent photo. Information about triggers, medications, and communication techniques can be extremely beneficial in helping first responders interact with members of our community who may require a specialized approach.
Project S.A.F.E.R Decal
Registrants will receive window decals to be displayed at the front entrance of their residence as well as on their vehicle. The decal will alert first responders that someone has a degree of special need and should respond accordingly. The use of the decals is voluntary.
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