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"Are you okay?" offers peace of mind to the elderly, disabled

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Each day, between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., an automated call goes out to each subscriber. If the call goes unanswered, the sheriff's office is notified. Each day, between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., an automated call goes out to each subscriber. If the call goes unanswered, the sheriff's office is notified.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is asking older adults, people with disabilities, and those who live alone "Are you okay?"

It's a program aimed at keeping these individuals safe.

Each day, between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., an automated call goes out to each subscriber. If the call goes unanswered, the sheriff's office is notified.

At that point, officials call the subscriber again, and if they still can't make contact, a deputy goes to the home.

If the subscriber plans to not be home during the call, they can dial a special number to notify officials.

Sergeant Bert Reaves pushed for the program to come to Brunswick County. He says the safety this program instills really hit home for him.

"My mom's 82 years old, and she lives in New Hanover County. If somebody like her were to fall during the night, I know someone's going to check on her during the day," Reaves said.

The program is free, and the sign-up process is simple. Subscribers only need to fill out a short form that includes personal and medical information.

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