20 questions that can help officials get a handle on disaster preparedness! Questions for disaster preparedness assessment of the county 1. Who handles the day-to-day duties associated with disaster preparedness and what percentage of their time is actually devoted to disaster preparedness? Typically, emergency management (EM) is assigned to law enforcement or the fire service, although some counties may have it assigned to the chief administrator’s office. If the EM function is located in the sheriff’s office, the fire department may not fully support the EM function and the reverse is true … [Read more...] about 20 Questions to Help Nail Down Your Emergency Management Program
Start the new year by checking out FEMA’s 2020 Preparedness Calendar. FEMA created this plan to provide customizable resources and activities throughout your area. It covers everything from Earthquake Awareness and Flood Safety to Pet Preparedness. FEMA launched the Ready Campaign in February 2003 to help educate and empower the American people to correctly prepare for potential emergencies. January Resolve To Be Ready Winter Safety February Central U.S. Earthquake Awareness Month March “It’s Not Luck” Campaign Severe Weather National Tsunami Awareness Week … [Read more...] about Stay On Top of 2020 with the FEMA Calendar
Putnam County, West Virginia has a population of 57,000 and began collecting smartphones in 2004 to use with their mass notification system. Their citizens had the ability to login to a website and enter their cell numbers. After six (6) years, Putnam EMS had a total of 242 signups. The national average is around 8% for this type of opt-in method. They began utilizing the Heads Up Community mobile application in January 2019 and now have 4,957. Finally, a great solution to remedy the opt-in problem. Putnam County Director, Frank Chapman says “I would recommend the Heads Up community app for … [Read more...] about PUTNAM Co. EMS increases their mobile device users by 2000%
Frank Chapman, the EMS director for Putnam County, WV was kind enough to sit down with us and let people know what he thought of the Heads Up! Community app and how it is serving his population. Heads Up Community is easily used daily to notify the residents of Putnam County of road closures, accidents, local events, and so much more. Watch below: … [Read more...] about A Wonderful New Testimonial From Putnam County West Virginia!
From: US Department of Labor OSHA How does your municipality or workplace prepare and notify affected parties? This is good info from OSHA. Introduction Nobody expects an emergency or disaster — especially one that affects them, their employees, and their business personally. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate your company when you least expect it. This booklet is designed to help you, the employer, plan for that possibility. The best way to protect yourself, your workers, and … [Read more...] about How to Plan for Emergencies and Evacuations