Weather watchers may be getting better each year at forecasting a hurricane, but that does not stop these severe storms from doing serious damage. Homes and businesses close to ocean coastlines are still at risk, no matter how far in advance the weather professionals tell you that there is a storm coming. As with most things in life, being prepared for the worst case scenario is always the best option if you are in an area that is threatened by the possibility of hurricanes and tropical storms.
As hurricane season approaches, you can help protect the safety of your citizens and their property with the following tips:
1. Have Clearly Designated Evacuation Routes
Designate your largest and most easily accessible roads as evacuation routes, just in case a large storm is heading your way. Keep the tree line on these streets 5 or 10 feet back to avoid a fallen tree blocking the way out of town. Mark these routes with orange street signs, and hand out pamphlets at schools and town meetings to ensure that all residents are aware of them.
2. Implement an Emergency Notification Service
If your town does not already have one, then right before hurricane season starts is a good time to sign up for an emergency notification system such as DialMyCalls. This type of system will connect you with one department or your entire town in minutes via phone calls or SMS text messages. It can be used to warn your residents of an impending storm, give them direction if you need to evacuate, and even keep in contact directly with your emergency personnel.[click to continue...]
Leaders of communities both large and small depend on some sort of alert system to deal with a crisis. Whether you are in charge of a small college campus or a major municipality you have the responsibility of protecting that community in the event of an emergency. This is a multi-faceted project that starts with your emergency notification system.
There are more effective and convenient ways today than radio or television broadcasts to relay emergency information, even to groups of thousands. With a mobile device in practically everyone's pocket, this is your best tool to focus on for a successful emergency notification system.
Choose The Right System
Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes calling for an alert system that is versatile. You don't want to create the same type of reaction for a scheduled interruption of water service as you would for an impending tornado. A flexible alert system is one where you can use voice or email messaging for low level warnings as well as an SMS text message alert for imminent danger.[click to continue...]
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Members who sign up for an account with DialMyCalls today will immediately receive our special Cyber Monday sale pricing - all credit packages and monthly plans* are 20% off. Existing members will be able to purchase credits at the discounted rate as well.[click to continue...]
Over the weekend, Pensacola, Florida was ravaged by heavy rains that caused extensive flood damage.
An estimated $20 million in damages is being reported in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Pensacola, Florida. The damage is due to a severe weather system that wreaked havoc over the weekend, causing extensive flooding. At least one person has been confirmed dead as a result of this weekend's storm in Pensacola. (Source: USA Today)[click to continue...]
Today marks the five year anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre in which 32 people lost their lives at the hand of Seung-Hui Cho.
Tragedy will forever live on at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia as the 2007 massacre is the worst mass killing in United States history. The campus will not be closed for the first year since the shooting took place and will be holding events all day long as they remember the victims who were taken from the world too soon.[click to continue...]
A recent wildfire in the mountainous region southwest of Denver, Colorado has claimed at least one life and left a path of destruction.
According to the Associated Press, authorities had to order the local residents of approximately 950 homes to evacuate due to the extreme nature of the wildfire. One sheriff's deputy, who was alerting people via his patrol car was trapped after he ran into a ditch because of the thick smoke - this is where an Emergency Alert System from DialMyCalls would come into play.[click to continue...]
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