Little-known safety program spotlighted
by The Press and Standard | December 20, 2018 5:00 pm
Last Updated: December 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm
For over a decade. the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office has provided the community peace of mind by offering a free wellness check program.
Although little is known in our area about the assistance rendered, Sheriff R.A. Strickland, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and Colleton County dispatchers are hoping that is about to change.
The program, R.U.O.K., is focused primarily toward seniors, disabled persons and residents who are alone for extended periods of time. This program provides someone to check on the well-being of an individual or a loved one, making sure everything is safe and sound.
Through the years the use of the R.U.O.K. program has proven successful by helping save lives of residents who have fallen, taken ill or needed assistance and were unable to dial 911.
The R.U.O.K. program works by the resident scheduling a predetermined time on their application to receive an automated call from the Colleton County Dispatch Center.
If there’s no answer after a prescribed number of attempts, the dispatcher will then reach out to the resident’s emergency contacts listed on their application to see if someone has spoken with them or is able to respond to the residence to ensure their well-being.
If the contact person(s) are unavailable, a Colleton County deputy will be dispatched to the address provided on the application to conduct a welfare check.
Residents who are without means of transportation and want to apply for the program can call dispatch directly at 843-549-6926. After receiving the call, dispatch will send an officer to their address with an application.
The plan for 2019 is to have the R.U.O.K. applications easily accessible on the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office’s website.
For now, those with questions about the R.U.O.K. program may call the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office at 843-549-2211 and ask to speak with Pam Canady or Stephanie Crosby. The applications can be picked up at the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
“We at the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office strongly encourage all seniors and disabled citizens to take advantage of this free program we provide our community,” said Strickland. “Knowing we can do something as simple as a phone call to ensure our residents’ safety is one of our top priorities.”