The Premise Alert program allows for a coordinated response by Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, 911 centers, as well as education and human service agencies, all working together with families of special needs individuals. It provides families with a uniform method to alert first responders about special needs individuals and provides first responders with advanced knowledge of the situation, allowing for a rapid and informed response during a crisis, evacuations, and disasters.
The Premise Alert Form assists first responders by giving them advanced medical and behavioral information allowing them to be better prepared before they enter a residence or interact with an individual with special needs. This advanced knowledge leads to more accurate assessments and appropriate agency responses in emergency situations. The underlying principle of the Premise Alert program posits that the more First Responders know about a situation or individual before they respond, the more likely they will achieve a positive outcome.
The Premise Alert form is designed for anyone who has a special need, health challenge, or disability, such as, but not limited to; Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, Mental Health Challenges, Intellectual Disability, or a complex or rare medical condition.
Premise Alert packets will be available at the Bethlehem Township Police headquarters or available to download HERE. Each packet will include the necessary forms, and upon receipt, a sticker is issued which should be placed on the front door of the home of the special needs individual. A picture of the special needs individual should also be attached to the Premise Alert form.
For further information on the inception of the Premise Alert program, go to https://papremisealert.com/us/history-of-premise-alert
If you own or operate a business in Bethlehem Township and would like to provide the police department and 911 center with emergency/after-hours contact information, please download this FORM. Complete the form and return it to the Bethlehem Township Police Department during business hours.