The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office can make sure the elderly and disabled members of our community are safe. They can feel a sense of security and caring just knowing a daily call will be made from the Sheriff’s Office to confirm all is well. The system is known as “Are You OK?” This system will address the needs of those living alone who may not have someone already checking on them daily.
The “Are You OK?” System uses a computer to call subscribers at the same time each day, seven days a week. If the resident is OK, all she or he has to do is pick up the phone and then hang it up. If there is no answer or the line is busy, the computer will call again. If repeated calls receive no answer, a Sheriff’s Deputy or designated volunteer will be dispatched to check on the resident.
There are other alert systems available, but they require residents to activate the alert if they have fallen or passed out. With “Are You OK?” a phone call at the same time each day is enough to let emergency personnel know that the resident is okay. This gives reassurance that many elderly and disabled people need. It can improve a person’s level of independence and can prevent or delay the participant’s move to family members or assisted living facilities.
If you are a participant and you know you will be away from home for a few days, simply call the Sheriff’s Office and we will remove you from the call list for the period of time you’ll be gone.
The cost is free for residents of Floyd County. You simply fill out an application form, send it in to the Sheriff’s Office and we can enter the information into a computer and you will start getting your daily phone calls. We also have contingency plans for severe weather and our “Are You OK?” participants. All participants are called if there is a bad weather situation. If the person is medically dependent on oxygen supply or any treatments that require electric power, that information will be available in the “Are You OK?” system and we will know to send help immediately. If the weather is so severe as to disable our “Are You OK?” System, participants are called manually. If the phone lines are down, we can utilize both Deputies and Jail Officers to make personal contacts.
If you would like to join the “Are You OK?” telephone reassurance program, contact the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office at (706)-291-4111, ext 131 or 831 for an application or you can download the application online here (Requires the Adobe Reader)