Free Emergency Response Phones

IndependenceFirst has received funding from the Public Service Commission (PSC) to provide FREE emergency response phones to people in the four-county Metro Milwaukee Area.

Qualified participants are:

1. Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee County residents;
2. People who are at risk of falls or medical events;
3. People who have loved ones and friends who can respond to a request for help; and
4. People who have an active landline.

About the Emergency Response Phones:

Geemarc Ampli600 ER Phone Benefits
  • 50+ dB amplification makes it easy to hear callers
  • Outgoing amplification up to 12dB
  • Two (2) waterproof battery-operated transmitters (wristband and lanyard included)
  • Easy to install and use
  • Allows you to remain independent with peace of mind
  • Provides added security without monthly security monitoring fees
“This phone is a perfect alternative to products for seniors that charge a monthly rate. Gives me incredible peace of mind since I cannot be at home with her all the time.”

The Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP) is a program to help people with disabilities to buy equipment they need in order to use basic telephone services. TEPP is paid for by the WI Universal Service Fund (USF), funded by the PSC.

TEPP Contact:
Mark Smeiska, Assistive Technology Specialist 
(414) 226-8363 V/Relay
Consultations are by appointment only. 

Reasonable Accommodations:
IndependenceFirst is committed to providing the highest degree of accessibility within its means when conducting agency-sponsored events. Please notify Mark Smeiska of your disability-related accommodation requests.
 
Environmental/Chemical Sensitivities:
For the safety and comfort of those with chemical and environmental sensitivities, IndependenceFirst requests that people attending agency-sponsored events please refrain from using any perfumed grooming products such as scented soaps, deodorants, perfumes, colognes and heavily scented fabric softeners. IndependenceFirst is a smoke-free environment; smoking is prohibited the building, and in paths of travel and doorways.
 
Locations:
Main Office 540 S 1st Street Milwaukee, WI 53204 (414)-291-7520 V/Relay
Ozaukee Office 885 Badger Circle Grafton, WI 53024 (262) 376-4183 V/Relay
Washington Office 1045 S Main Street, #7 West Bend, WI 53095 (262) 306-6717 V/Relay
Waukesha Office 892 Main Street Pewaukee, WI 53072 (414) 731-7834 V/Relay 

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