January 13 is Amber Alert Awareness Day, as it marks the 18th anniversary of the kidnapping of Amber Hagerman, who was found murdered.
Smart911 helps cut down the time it would normally take to send information about a missing child, by letting people create a free online Safety Profile with any information they want responders to have in case of an emergency.
When a call is made to 911, the Safety Profile appears to dispatch, allowing them to send the appropriate response teams to the right location with accurate information.
If a family with a Safety Profile dials 911 in one of Kentucky's areas with the Smart911 service, their child's photo and description will be available immediately and can be forwarded to officers in the field, launching a search in seconds or minutes, rather than hours.
The Smart911 service is currently available in Frankfort and Lawrenceburg, as well as Fayette, Jessamine, Muhlenberg, and Daviess Counties.