People who have questions about the E911 Disability Indicator form that they recently received by mail should call Elaine Ostroff of the Westport Commission on Disability at 508 636 6537.
The commission is working with the Westport Police Department to get emergency information about people with disabilties into the E911 system. A town-wide mailing was sent to about 8,500 households and Post Office boxes. Some households where more than one person has some disabling condition may need more than one form. Additional forms can also be downloaded from the town website at www.westport-ma.com from the Commission on Disability page.
The Disability Indicator Form is meant to be helpful to anyone who has some disability — children as well as adults. People are required to complete this form if they want the police department, fire department, or other emergency agency to know about them when they call 911 in an emergency. The information provided will go into the 911 system so that if and when people call with an emergency, the information about their needs will show up as codes on the dispatcher’s screen.
The form should be completed if anyone in the household has any limitation such as being hard of hearing, has difficulty speaking, is blind, has mental confusion, is unable or has difficulty in walking, and is on oxygen or other life support equipment. Each person should have their own form.
This information is confidential and will only be used by the Police or Fire Department if there is an emergency. The completed form should be mailed to the Police Department in the envelope provided. The Commission on Disability provided this letter as a public service. No town funds have been used for this mailing. The money to pay for this mailing has come from contributions to the commission and from handicapped parking fines.