The Bloomington Police and Fire Departments have combined forces to offer our citizens the opportunity to participate in the Premise Alert Program.
The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) provides for Public Safety Agencies in the State of Illinois to allow people with special needs the ability to provide information to Police, Fire and EMS personnel to be kept in a database. The information can then be pro-vided to responders dealing with situations involving Special Needs Individuals.
The Bloomington Fire Department has created a Premise Alert Program form that can be accessed online at: http://www.cityblm.org/pap. The form can be completed by families, caregivers, or individuals with special needs. The information provided in the form will be entered into databases maintained by the Bloomington Communication Center and may be shared with other police, fire or EMS agencies as need-ed to provide services to the individual.
A Special Needs Individual is hereby defined as: Having a physical or mental impairment, or has or is at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also requires health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by individuals generally.
Captain Brad McCollum, Public Information Officer for the fire department said “The Premise Alert Program is a voluntary program that will benefit the special needs citizens of Bloomington by providing emergency response personnel with important information that will aid them in assisting the individual during their emergency.” Bloomington Police Public Information Officer Sara Mayer agrees, “By partnering with the Bloomington Fire Department to offer the Premise Alert Program, our Police, Fire, and EMS personnel will have access to critical information allowing them to better respond to the needs of our citizens.
The information provided will be kept confidential and used only to provide City of Bloomington Emergency Responders with the information needed to deal with situations or emergencies involving a Special Needs person. When needed, this information will then be sent to the responding emergency vehicles Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) terminal. The service is offered free of charge. The notification expires 2 (two) years after the date it was submitted. Individuals may update or renew it at anytime by filing a new form.
You can read about this on the City of Bloomington's website here: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=18&recordid=579&returnURL=%2finde....