Valley Agencies Issue ID Cards to Public for Crisis Management Purposes
Community agencies in the valley are introducing a new program to make moments of crisis more manageable for people involved.
The Valley Community Services Board is issuing plastic ID cards with all the essential information for everyone in the area.
MAP, which stands for My Action Plan, is a laminated identification card similar to a license. While the card is small, the vision behind the program is big.
Every day, officers get calls to respond to people having a crisis, and in such highly emotional times, it can be difficult for people to communicate or even recall things like their medications, doctors, and other kinds of health-related conditions.
Not only can the cards help law enforcement and other first responders be more informed about handling the situation, but it's also beneficial for the card holders.
"The MAP Card empowers somebody to not have to remember everything because it's there and ready to be used,” said Dustin Wright, Valley CSB community liaison.
"The reaction to the MAP Card has been very positive. I can see this being a benefit to our community as a whole, I can see this going statewide and even nationally,” said investigator Michael Roane of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.
About 50 people carry the card right now. The program is still in the early stages, but there have been discussions with other community agencies to expand the program to the whole commonwealth.
It's available now to pretty much everyone in the valley. The Valley Community Services Board can be reached at 540-887-3200. The address is below:
85 Sangers Lane Staunton, VA 24401
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