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It’s 6 a.m. and your cell phone rings. It’s the chief of police and he’s called to notify you that one of the largest factories in your community suffered an explosion and has gone up in flames. Emergency responders are on the scene, but battling the blaze could take hours and is bound to disrupt the morning commute of hundreds of citizens. You immediately start to execute your emergency citizen notification plan. You contact the media, you place a message on the homepage of your website, and you send an email to your subscribers. As you wait for more news from the Chief of Police, you worry about all the citizens who won’t see your message before getting into their vehicles to start their morning commute.
A significant number of communities across the country are impacted by winter weather, and the threat of dangerous roads. Whether you are a typically warm and dry community, for whom a few inches of snow is crippling, or a northeast town for whom winter weather road conditions require multiple news updates per day, read these six best practices for keeping your citizens informed this winter.
CivicPlus has announced that it will be enhancing its CivicReady emergency and mass notification solution through a partnership with Regroup Mass Notification (www.regroup.com), the award-winning leader in mass notification technology. This partnership will allow CivicPlus to exclusively leverage the Regroup emergency and day-to-day notification platform in the local government space.
If your local government communication goals involve leveraging the latest tools and technology to keep up with current trends, then we have everything you need to start planning for 2017. The past decade has seen a significant paradigm shift in the ways that local governments communicate with citizens thanks to the proliferation of mobile technology and the widespread adoption of social media. You can expect mobile and social to continue to be hot topics in 2017 but you should also prepare for 2017 to be all about live video, transparency, security, and emergency preparedness.
Communities across the nation are under, what often feels like, the constant potential for danger from a variety of threats. In 2015 alone the United States saw:
It's 3 a.m. and the tornado siren goes off in your community. How do you react? How do your neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens react? Do they immediately know, without hesitation, what to do and where to go? Do they know the location of the nearest shelter? Do they know how to access local emergency information?
When an emergency happens in your community, the local government is likely the first to know, and your citizens will expect you to keep them informed with instructions, safety plans, and recovery updates. Using a mass notification solution is one of the best ways to keep citizens safe, but first you need your citizens to subscribe to receive alerts.
If your community is in a climate that will be seeing dipping temperatures this winter, then it’s time to start planning your citizen communications. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, winter cold results in more than twice as many annual deaths as does summer heat. Cold weather also accounts for more deaths than floods, severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightening combined. Of the approximate 2,000 U.S. lives lost between 2006 and 2010 due to extreme weather conditions, 63 percent of those deaths are attributed to exposure to excessive natural cold and/or hypothermia. This winter, when extreme cold temperatures inflict dangerous conditions upon your community, be prepared with a communication strategy that will keep citizens warm and safe.
Across the country, a growing number of local governments are implementing notification systems in order to keep their citizens informed and safe.
Arguably the most important role that local governments play is during a potential, imminent or occurring emergency because the property, health and possibly even the lives of citizens may be at risk.
Given this priority, many local governments across the country have implemented an emergency notification system.
Harnessing the Power of Citizen Mass Communication Systems During Active Shooter Events
One of the most vital responsibilities of civic leadership is to offer citizen protection. The rising threat of active shooters in our nation has placed a spotlight on the need for greater resources to help protect citizens from the dangers of community violence. While no municipality can fully protect its citizens from dangerous situations, all are empowered to put systems in place to notify citizens when active shooters and other community threats have been identified, helping to reduce the risk of citizen exposure to life-threatening situations.
For many states across the country, spring means tornado season. These devastating storms can strike at any time, but generally tornado season in the United States tends to shift from the south to the north from late winter to mid-summer. Southern states, including the Gulf Coast, are most at risk from March to May, while the southern plains face the greatest threat from May through early June. Regardless of when peak tornado season typically occurs in your region, take the time now to start ensuring your local government is prepared with the tools and resources necessary to disseminate life-saving information if or when a tornado strikes.