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SPOKANE, Wash. -

First responders are getting another tool in their toolbox. But it’s in the form of a note that will get to them before they get to your home when you dial 911.

The Isaac Foundation created the Isaac Alert program with Spokane County Dispatch and Spokane Fire Department. If you have a child on the autism spectrum and other disabilities, you can sign up and put a note in for dispatchers and first responders for your home. That means, when they get a call for that address, first responders will have that additional knowledge and be more effective.

Amanda Hansen signed up for it. Her son, Trevin, loves hearing car sounds and playing with colorful pinwheels.

He also has autism spectrum disorder. He typically repeats sounds and questions, and doesn't hold conversations. Amanda says his language skills get worse under stress.

“Your child's safety is a major stressor. You’re always worried about their safety,” Amanda says.

She says giving emergency crews a better understanding of Trevin is very important in how the first responders respond. Through the Isaac Alert, she can let them know his different characteristics, like if he's a wandering risk or has trouble communicating.

“It gives you that little piece of mind about your child's improved safety through first responders,” she says.

The Isaac Alert is a part of the Isaac Foundation's larger Autism in the Wild program. It helps first responders be more effective.

“What I really wanted was our guys to recognize when they have a child with this type of an affliction and I want them to have more tools in their toolbox to handle the situation and have a more positive outcome,” says Lt. John Goodman with the Spokane Fire Department.

They also say it’s important to know if there are any special locks on kids’ rooms if those kids are at wandering risk because if they have to respond to a fire, they would know and be able to plan for what’s ahead.

To sign up for the alerts, you can download “The Isaac Foundation” app or go here: http://www.theisaacfoundation.org/isaac-alert-program

Other parts of the Autism in the Wild program include station monthly special needs fire station visits, first responders training program, and monthly emergency preparedness workshops for parents or caregivers.

The Isaac Foundation is hoping to have Isaac Alerts in surrounding areas.

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