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Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy affects about 2 million people in the U.S. and is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures.

According to the CDC: delayed recognition of these seizures and inadequate treatment increases the risk for additional seizures, disability, decreased health-related quality of life and, in rare instances, death.

That is why it is so important for 9-1-1 and first responders to know that a person may have epilepsy and how to effectively treat them immediately.  Individuals with epilepsy can make 9-1-1 aware of their condition in their Smart911 Safety Profile, so if they dial 9-1-1 and cannot communicate, dispatchers will know:

  • Who they are - including a photo
  • Their home address, work/school address and current location
  • Medical notes including epilepsy, medications and allergies
  • Emergency contacts

This information can save valuable time as 9-1-1 can dispatch response teams to the correct location with more information.

Resources

Troy Police Department Troy Fire Department

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