Etowah County Sheriff’s Office launching new disability initiative

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Etowah County Sheriff’s Office recently started a Invisible Disability initiative to help all first responders.

The more information deputies and emergency responders have when responding to calls for service, the better they are able to meet residents’ needs.

The purpose of the ECSO Invisible Disability initiative is to alert emergency responders that there is possibly a person with a disability in the home or vehicle.

The decals enable emergency responders to draw on their training and understand that there is a person in the home or car that may not speak, respond to or comply with verbal commands, may hide, or wander off, or may have no awareness of danger.

The sheriff’s office is providing the decals free of charge to anyone in Etowah County who wishes to place them near the front door of their home or in the rear window of their car so emergency responders can be aware there is a possible occupant with an invisible disability.

Those wishing to register for the program but do not wish to affix the decal to home or vehicle, may fill out the form and request zero decals. This will enable the sheriff’s office to flag the address in the 911 dispatch system, so arriving responders will be aware that a person with a disability lives in the home.

To sign up, please visit etowahcountysheriff.com/invisible-disabilities. If requested, two decals will be mailed to the address provided.

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