Blue Light Program
In 1991 the Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Agency on Aging presented the Emergency Blue Light Program to senior citizens of Mercer County. The Blue Light Program is an effective emergency response tool which provides a beacon in your window to help speed assistance to you.
Seconds can make a difference in an emergency. The emergency Blue Light Program can help save crucial seconds after you've called for help. The Blue Light makes it easier for emergency personnel to locate your house. The Blue Light Unit consists of a blue light bulb and a flasher component. When placed into a lamp socket, the blue light unit flashes when activated.
The Blue Light Unit should only be used in a Police, Fire or Medical Emergency or when you need emergency assistance and can't reach the telephone (neighbors see your Blue Light and summon assistance to you).
In an emergency, you FIRST call for help, THEN activate the blue light. The flashing blue light instantly alerts police, paramedics or others that they have reached the right place.
Personal Alarm Program
The Sheriff's Personal Alarm Program is one of the latest of our senior programs. Since its inception in 1999 it has been one of our most popular senior programs.
The purpose of the Personal alarm is to act as a distress signal when you are in danger. The alarm sounds a 120 decibel pulsating siren. The screeching alarm is designed to scare off attackers and alert others for help. The Personal alarm is great for seniors because of it's small size which makes it easy to carry with you. A demonstration of how the alarm works is given along with a discussion of Personal Safety Tips. Alarms will be provided to each senior who attends this program.
The Emergency Refrigerator Card Program is presented to Seniors for the purpose of providing a first responder the pertinent information needed to render proper medical attention.
The Emergency Refrigerator Card contains information such as name, emergency contact names and telephone numbers, doctors telephone numbers, medications administered and any allergies.
The seniors are instructed to complete the 5' X 9" card and post it on their refrigerator for assistance in the event of an emergency.
Personal Safety/Crime Prevention
The objective of the Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Program presented to seniors is to illustrate certain criminal situations and alternatives to prevent them.
One of the key points of the program is to focus on protecting themselves from becoming a victim with a few basic tips. Instruction is given on keeping themselves safe in public, in their cars and in their homes.
The newly formed PROJECT LIFESAVER program identifies those people who might wander and disappear. Families are consulted and the potential wander wears a tiny wrist transmitter. Their life-saving information is stored in a computer database. Records with vital information, such as medicines needed, wandering history, past addresses where the wander might return, family contacts, and a photograph all help a rescue team to complete a successful search, in an efficient timely manner. Search times have been reduced from days and hours, to minutes. Average recovery times are well under 30 minutes.