In case of an emergency just look to the ground, at least if you are on one of Clearwater's trails.
Emergency response decals were recently installed every 300 feet along the Ream Wilson Trail. The special numbers on the safety stickers let callers to 911 give emergency responders the precise location where help is needed.
So now when someone calls 911 from the Ream Wilson Trail, the emergency operator has the ability to locate them through GPS coordinates. The decal numbers also are in Pinellas County’s computer-aided dispatch system.
“Prior to that, users would just call in and sometimes they didn’t know where they were," said Felicia Leonard, who works in the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "Trail users aren’t in the standard roadway environment and a lot of times there aren’t those indicators that tell you where you are geographically.”
Now there are plenty of them.
The decals, similar to those which have been in place along the Pinellas Trail, are bright yellow and feature a specific location number and a phone number to call to report where help is needed.
The decal numbers begin with RWT-01 north of Cooper’s Bayou Park between Clearwater and Safety Harbor. By the time trail users get to the they are at decal number RWT-81.
"I think the city is just trying to make it safer," said Geraldine Born, who lives by the trail near Cooper's Bayou Park.
The cost of the decals is $989.53. The city got the money through a grant from the Pinellas County Health Department, Leonard said.
The decals pick back up at the start of the Memorial Causeway section of roadside trail on Turner Street at RWT-155 and will end at Pier 60 with RWT-199.
Once the Druid Trail section is complete, which is decal numbers RWT-82 to RWT-154, the East-West Trail will stretch 11 miles throughout the city and into Safety Harbor.
The city, Leonard said, has already marked off where the new decals will be on the Druid Road section of the trail, which is in the process of being built.
Leonard said she didn’t know of anyone who has called for help using the new decals, although some instances such as a flat tire or fatigue could arise.
Clearwater resident Kristin Langley, lives near the trail and uses it often.
“I think it’s geared towards older people. I think a lot of things in Clearwater are geared towards older people," Langley said. "Therefore, it’s a good thing."
*The article is changeed to reflect that the decals were paid through a grant by the Pinellas County Health Department.