The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office offers a FREE program for the safety of our residents. Only seniors, shut-ins and disabled persons who reside in Muskingum County are eligible to participate. The program is totally free and confidential.
The ''Are You Okay?'' program uses a computer that will call you at a time specified by you each day, the computer will ask you to push a button on your touch-tone phone in order to ascertain that you are okay. If you do not answer the phone or your line is busy, the computer will call you back twice. If these attempts are unsuccessful, an officer will be dispatched to your home to check on you. We will also attempt to make contact with your listed key-holder so that we may enter the home to see if you are in distress.
You are asked to provide the name and phone number of a friend or relative who lives nearby, preferably one who has a key to your residence. The information you provide will be kept in confidence at the Sheriff’s Office. It will not be used for any other purpose or given to anyone. You are also asked to specify a time for your daily call. Additionally, you may have more than one call a day, one call in the morning and one in the evening. If so, just list the additional time on your application.
You should know that if we cannot make contact with your listed key-holder, the officer will use any means necessary to enter your home and make sure you are not in need of help. The deputy will do everything possible to minimize any damage, but some damage may occur. Every effort will be made to make sure your home is secure before the officer leaves. It is important, therefore, to make sure you keep us informed if you go on vacation, enter the hospital, or will not be home at your designated time for your daily “ Are You Okay “? call. Just call the Sheriff’s Office @ 740-452-3637 ext 6149 and let the dispatcher know you will not be home so we do not have to bother your emergency contacts nor enter your home needlessly.
Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office
Are You Okay? Program
1840 East Pike
Zanesville, Ohio 43701