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How can we improve community health and safety in Salt Lake City?

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Community Health & Safety

Kate Lohnes said about 8 years ago:


Through the Sustainable City Dashboard project, Salt Lake City is sharing our plan to enhance the future of our community. We invite you to join the conversation by sharing your ideas, comments and criticisms with us. What is your vision for the future of Salt Lake City?

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David Thelen over 7 years ago

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. The following just may create safer neighborhoods, please consider its ideas to do such a thing.
There are already ways to upload both pictures and videos; the following is suggested for our 911 systems that allow such a thing. New facebook page non-emergency 911 numbers should be created for all towns. Currently, Facebook pages allow uploads of pictures and videos. These facebook pages URL should be similar to 911, to where it has a national uniformed name so every cell phone can use it. No matter where you are located. They would also create a national cell phone APP to where a simple 3-digit number would need to be input before all pictures and videos could be uploaded as well.
But lets us not stop with cell phones to do such a thing. They ought to allow pictures from area webcams to also upload pictures/videos.
There are all sorts of webcams you can buy. There are webcams that has motion detection that will take a picture whenever someone is moving into range. These webcams will also point to the street/parking lot in front of homes. People will give the go ahead for contractors (i.e. cable/internet providers) to install webcams on their front porches.
If someone sees a suspicious car, event or that people are selling door to door, an APP will simply upload a video from these webcams or personal cell phones to these facebook page non-emergency 911 numbers. To make this system to work, all cities and counties ought to create these facebook pages so pictures and videos may be uploaded to.
People may also see something but are unsure if it requires to be reported. Pictures and videos show a much more complete picture than compared to report something by voice. Then officials will decide if it is worth looking into.
I also believe smart neighborhood grids to save lives should be forged using cable TV and Internet services. Your cable TV and Internet services will only work as long as you have working smoke alarms. Thus people will more likely attend to the batteries (of the smoke alarms) and/or change the non-working smoke alarm as a result.
As part of your cable TV or Internet services, these companies will connect immediate neighbors together in case of fire or other emergency. If someone's smoke alarm were to go off, immediate neighbors would be contacted. Thus these neighbors can check up on their neighbors until EMTs so arrives. A ser tax on 911 services would help pay for this system.
As Utah is in an earthquake and wildfire zone, people ought to stock up on emergency supplies for such events. In case of disasters preparedness, another way may be through a new tax on cable TV, cell phone and Internet services. Then if a person does purchase emergency supplies, their receipts will get them direct credits towards their cable/cell phone/internet bills as a result. Customers could add a donation towards their cable TV/cell phone/Internet bill. So others who are poor can purchase emergency supplies.
There are already ways to use facebook to upload both pictures and videos. Emergency planners just need to create uniformed facebook 911 page URL, an APP and a uniformed 3-digit cell phone number so these 911 pages could be used for such a thing. They ought to use these proposals (as mentioned) to help get people to always have working (smart) smoke alarms and have emergency supplies on hand?
Now I do not know if this logic has any merit to them. If nothing else, at least this post will make you think.


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