EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES
ERIE COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION SURVEY
TEXT-TO-911 :: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Recently, Erie County upgraded the emergency response infrastructure & made many life-saving improvements. Erie County is leading the way by implementing cutting edge technology that allows 911 Call Centers to now receive text messages from people in need.
It is increasingly apparent that being able to report an emergency by sending a text message to 911 call centers is important. The National Emergency Number Association's slogan is "Call if you can, text if you can't."
Erie County 911 & other 911 authorities still prefer citizens to make a voice call to 911, if at all possible. Text-to-911 should not take the place of making a voice call to 911.
Eventually, all 911 call centers across the USA will have the ability to receive text messages, but for now, each public safety system must opt in and have the proper infrastructure. According to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), text-to-911 is only available in a limited number of regions. Erie County is one of those select areas, and is ahead of the curve nationally.
FIRST RESPONDERS SAMPLING NEW RADIO EQUIPMENT
Currently, fire & police departments throughout the county have no way of efficiently communicating with each other. These new systems would improve communications among emergency personnel throughout Erie County.
The entire system is based on a "Coreless" design, meaning that there is no single point of failure. If one of the system's 17 communications towers goes down, the others won't be affected. Nine towers already exist, and eight will be built on non-taxable land. This whole product purchase process and infrastructure building, plus emergency personnel training, will take several months to complete.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR EMERGENCIES...
Well before emergencies strike, simple steps can be taken to prepare a family, school, workplace or community for any type of incident that would disrupt the day-to-day routine. Citizens are encouraged to visit ReadyPA.org to fin sample checklists, contact lists and other preparedness tools to take advantage of before an emergency occurs. In particular, people should think about loved ones who may have special needs that could inhibit their ability to help themselves.
Follow @ ReadyPA on Twitter & find them on FaceBook >> facebook.com/BeReadyPA, for additional helpful tips & information.
SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
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KNOW 9-1-1 KNOWS...
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Action was taken in 2012 by the Wayne Township Board of Supervisors, as they entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with Concord Township, Elgin Borough, Venango Township, Amity Township, and the City of Corry to expand the Conelway Regional Emergency Management Agency (CREMA) to assume responsibility for response to any natural or man-made disaster emergencies within their geographical area.
Each municipality will provide financial support for the Conelway Regional Emergency Management Agency, probably based upon a per capita basis. The Agency will establish, equip and staff a primary Regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC.)
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PennDOT has launched two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations - The Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact information programs. Both of these programs speak for people when they cannot speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible. When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it is critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about that victim.
Participants in the Yellow Dot Program fill out the program form with their emergency contact, medical contact & medical information, insert it in the program's folder and then place that folder into their vehicle's glove compartment. Participants then place a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle's rear window. This sticker alerts emergency responsers to check a vehicle's glove box for the folder, helping them provide specific care to participants after a crash.
The Emergency Contact Information Program offers Pennsylvania driver's license & PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Only law enforcement officials can view their information in the system. Websites for these programs: Yellow Dot Program http://www.yellowdot.pa.gov/ and Emergency Contact Information http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/.
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