Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (SNAPS) has undertaken the 1st R.E.D. initiative in High River, the M.D.’s of Foothills and Willow Creek to provide Identification Cards to persons with visible and hidden special needs including seniors, adults, youth and children and community as a whole. This project is being funded by the Canadian Red Cross.
1st R.E.D. is aimed at helping people with special needs in case of emergency. Emergency responders are able to quickly obtain important information when offering assistance. This much-needed resource will bring peace of mind to the families of individuals with visible and hidden special needs and the community at large. Although the 1st R.E.D. card was developed for individuals with visible and hidden special needs and the community at large. Although the 1st R.E.D. card was developed for individuals with visible and hidden special needs we would like to offer it to all members of our community who feel they would benefit from a 1st R.E.D. card.
The 1st R.E.D. cards are the size of a driver’s license, and feature a photo of the person and emergency contact information. The back of the 1st R.E.D. cards list important information about the individuals special needs, level of communication, behavioural concerns, safety concerns, and/or medical conditions. The 1st R.E.D. cards may also be carried by parents or care providers of the individuals. In the event that the parent or care provider is unable to communicate the needs of the individual with a special need the 1st R.E.D. card will alert first responders to the needs of the person.