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Russell County asks seniors, "Are You Okay?"

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  The Russell County Sheriff's Office has just received a donation from a local company to help elderly and handicapped citizens in the community.

The simple question 'Are you okay?' can mean a world of difference for people who don't always have someone around to ask, and now ServPro in Phenix City is helping the Russell County Sheriff's Office ask "Are You Okay?"

It's a recorded phone message that will automatically call elderly and handicapped residents each day just to make sure they are alright.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says the county has had similar programs in the past, but this is a more organized way to get the job done, "We have had several occasions where people have passed away and we did not find out until three or four days later due to the fact that no one in the county talked to them on a daily basis or checked on them on a daily basis."

If the call receiver does not answer after a certain number of attempts, the sheriff's office will contact their next of kin and if no one can touch base with the individual, a deputy will be sent over to their home.

"Are You Okay" is completely free for you to sign up your loved one. You can sign up through the sheriff office website, at the Russell County Sheriff's Office, or by picking up a flyer at businesses in the area.

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