The Blount County Sheriff's Office will hold active shooter training during the month of April. For more information or to sign up, call Operations Officer Tim Kent or Lieutenant Russ Clayborn at 205-625-4127.
Text-to-911 At Work in Blount County
Text-to-911 has recently been attributed to assisting two citizens in summoning help. Click the link to read the press release concerning this valuable service and how it integrates with emergency communications.
On December 1, 2013, Kari Dunn was murdered in her hotel room in Marshall, Texas. A 31-year-old mother of three, Dunn was killed by her estranged husband, Tragically, the murder could have been prevented. During the attack, her oldest child, who was 9 years old, picked up the telephone and tried to dial 9-1-1. But because the hotel's phone system was configured to only accept 9-911 for emergency calls, none of her daughter's four attempts to get help reached authorities.
Blount 9-1-1 is in support of legislation on a state and national level that would remove any prefix from MLTS or PBX phone systems when dialing 9-1-1. To read more about Keri's law, click here. To sign the petition, click here.
Signup for Nixle Notifications
Nixle Notifications is coordinated effort between the Blount County Commission, EMA, Sheriff's Office, and the District Attorney to provide immediate community information to citizens via text and email. Text your zipcode to 888777 or visit www.Nixle.com to sign up.
Update Your House Description!
Please help us update our database to ensure responders can quickly locate you if an emergency arises. Often citizens change the color of their house, make additions, or even move and fail to inform 9-1-1 that they have done so. This can cause problems for law enforcement, fire, and EMS who may be (for instance) looking for a blue house only to find the house has been painted white. In an emergency situation, those seconds matter and that's why we need accurate house and building descriptions. Click here to update your house description; we will not share your information with anyone other than those responding to an emergency.
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