Photo of a dispatcher sitting down at a console smiling.The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has been calling elderly and home-bound residents for more than 30 years. SafetyNet (previously known as the Elderly Call List) is a free service in which the Walton County Sheriff’s Office makes daily phone calls to check on the safety of senior citizens of Walton County. SafetyNet eases the concern of friends and relatives, who may find it difficult to maintain constant reliable contact with elderly friends and/or family members.

A database is maintained by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office of citizens who are enrolled in the program. This database includes your demographic information and one to three caregiver contacts.

How does the program work?

Each morning, Walton County Sheriff’s Office communications officers call the registered citizen assigned to them and check to make sure they are doing well. After contact is made, it is noted in the registered citizen’s file in our database. If the SafetyNet member does not answer the phone, the communications officer will try to call two more times. If there is no answer or the line is busy each time they call, a deputy will be dispatched to the registered address to perform a welfare check on the citizen. If the door is locked when the deputy arrives, he will contact the SafetyNet member’s emergency contact/key holder(s) to assist the deputy and allow entrance into the home.

When will the calls take place?

SafetyNet welfare check calls take place between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM seven days a week.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in joining the WCSO SafetyNet program or if you are interested in subscribing an elderly friend or family member to the SafetyNet program, please give us a call at (850) 892-8111. When you call, you will be asked to provide the following information about the citizen subscribing to the SafetyNet program:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Home and/or Cell Phone Number
  • Emergency Contact/Key Holder(s) Information
  • Known Health Conditions (if any)
  • Preferred Time of SafetyNet Call (between 6:00 AM & 8:00 AM)