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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 400 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning not associated with fires. More than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized. Fortunately, while these statistics are staggering, carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable in many cases with proper education and monitoring. Help keep citizens in your community safe from this silent killer. By offering education materials and making local resources available, you could help to save a life.
Your worst nightmare is that a disaster strikes your community. A flood, a bridge collapse, an act of terror. They are all fears that keep you up at night. Are you prepared to act fast enough? Do you have the infrastructure, staff, and planning in place to ensure expeditious, and informative communications that will reach as many citizens as possible? Don’t wait for a disaster to occur to test your communication plan. Be prepared in advance so that if the worst-case scenario occurs, you can step into action without hesitation or fear. Read on to learn where to start when building a crisis communication plan.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 17 Americans lost their lives in 2016 due to tornadoes. When it comes to these deadly forces of nature, the common causes of tornado-related deaths and injuries involve flying/falling debris, or being picked up or blown by the tornado, two threats that can cause head injuries, chest trauma, or other complications. Most injuries and deaths occur to individuals who are outside, in apartment buildings, or in mobile homes, compared with individuals who are inside houses. With tornadoes, like with so many other natural disasters, the greatest way to save lives is with early notification. By allowing citizens to get indoors to a safe place before the tornado hits, you’ll stand a better chance of minimizing fatalities.
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.