HENDERSON COUNTY–In an emergency situation, seconds count. And if a person has a disability that makes them nonverbal or their movement is impaired, letting first responders know that can save time and allow first responders to help quickly.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse announced Aug. 2 people with disabilities can alert law enforcement of their status using new “PERSON WITH A DISABILITY ON BOARD!” stickers available free at his office.
“These bright yellow window stickers will give First Responders the information they need before they approach, and they will give people the security of knowing their situation is known,” Hillhouse said.
The Sheriff was inspired to order the 5 inch by 7 inch notices by Amanda Wilcox, who designed them and works at the Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman. The notices can also be placed on front doors of people’s homes.
Hillhouse said “Athens Screen Printing quickly and efficiently mass produced the stickers and the Sheriff’s Office is very thankful.”
“No tax dollars are being used to fund this program which I believe will be very successful,” Hillhouse said. “We are using money which has been seized during criminal investigations.”
Emboldened with the Sheriff of Henderson County Office logo, they alert First Responders to a person’s disability, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Seizures, Muscular Dystrophy and Deafness.
“Once our deputies see the notice, they will know the people they are approaching may be non-verbal, non-ambulatory, and unable to understand,” Hillhousesaid.
One of the two versions of the stickers also tells First Responders the person may run away, resist help and have no awareness of danger.
“Information is key,” Hillhouse said. “The more we know about the status of an individual, the better position we are in to help.”
The stickers are available free of charge at the Sheriff’s Office, 206-A N. Murchison in Athens.