What Is the Safe Entry Program?
It is a program in which seniors have a lock box installed that holds their house key. The S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) would like to use this program in conjunction with medical assistance programs. Other seniors who do not use these programs may also obtain a lock box for medical emergencies.
How Does It Work?
A lock box is a small secure box with a combination (that you choose) that holds your house key. The location and combination will be on file with the Amherst 911 Dispatch Center. When an emergency call comes to the Dispatch Center the dispatcher will inform the responding officer or paramedic (via a secure format) of the lock box location and combination which will allow the officer quicker entry to offer assistance.
Will This Program Cost Me Anything?
No. The lock box is provided through the S.A.L.T. Council in collaboration with the Amherst Fire Dept. SENIOR SAFE PROGRAM (Massachusetts Dept of Fire Services). The lock box will be installed free of charge by a qualified volunteer who will have Town of Amherst Police Department issued identification. The S.A.L.T. Council would appreciate any donation to help with the costs of running this program.
To receive a lock box download, print and complete the Safe Entry Form and return via mail to:
Amherst S.A.L.T Council, P.O. Box 206, Amherst, MA 01004