Senior Safety Phones Project
The Area Agency on Aging has a Senior Safety Phone Project that provides seniors with a cell phone that can be used to call 911 in case of an emergency.
It is federal law that every cell phone be able to call 9-1-1 even if the cell phone is no longer affiliated with a cell phone carrier. This means that all of the old cell phones no longer in use could be a valuable resource. Seniors will feel safer knowing that they can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Donations of no longer used cell phones and chargers are taken at several locations in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Every phone that can be recharged can be a life saver for our seniors. Those that do not work are also accepted to be re-cycled. Receipts are available upon request.
If you have any questions about this project, please call Jillian Burg at (727) 570-9696 ext. 259 in Pinellas County or Kathy Cornwell (727) 570-9696 ext. 261 for Pasco County.
WHAT ARE SAFETY PHONES?
- The goal for SAFETY PHONES is to enhance the safety of senior crime victims and seniors at-risk of becoming victims of crime with the use and access of 9-1-1 through cellular phones.
- The purpose of using a SAFETY PHONE is to dial 9-1-1 when faced with an emergency.
- A cellular telephone is lent for a period of time, by the Senior Victim Advocate Program, Area Agency on Aging of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
- You are not responsible for any cost. This program is a free service to seniors.
WHERE TO DONATE OR PICK UP A SAFETY PHONE
9-1-1 cell phones are available to seniors through the Area Agency on Aging and a variety of sites in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Call The Helpline for the collection and distribution sites in both counties and for more information about out how to donate or receive a 9-1-1 cell phone. Call 1-800-963-5337. For inquiries from outside of the area call 727-217-8111.