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Emergency Alert System

Emergency Alert System


As demonstrated in recent disasters, determining just need an emergency services was confusing to say the least. As an example, when a freak snowstorm struck northern West Virginia, some of the smaller municipalities had only segments of their town without power.  Homes that needed electric to power furnaces parentheses even gas powered furnaces use electric to run their fans and parentheses were in dire need of heat. Just driving around the streets, emergency services could not determine which homes were without power. Electric service would be on the first half of the city block but out on the remaining homes. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for which homes were affected but one thing was obvious… there needed to be someway for the residents to signal their needs.

It’s slowly became evident that there were a sense in some of these homes that had required electric to power their medical equipment i.e. oxygen processing. Also, a number of people had to temporarily relocate to a shelter where there was heat for their families. A very small percentage of homes have a power generator at your convenience. Even so, I generator can only be depended upon for Limited home operations. We have come to depend on our utilities to be available to us 24 seven and a small hiccup in the system leaves many people unprepared.

The emergency alert system enables residents and citizens to inform and alert emergency response service personnel, other governmental personnel, utility company personnel, neighbors and neighborhood associations of emergency needs and circumstances within a residence or business at times of Severe weather, terrorist acts, or other similar disastrous events, or even during power or phone outages.

Whether the occupant has no electric, no heating capabilities, no water, no telephone service, needs medical assistance, or the residence contains a handicapped person; any of these can be easily determined by placing one or more of the place cards on the outside doorknob of the home facing the street which can be seen by anyone passing.

How the System Works.
The emergency alert system comprises a series of substantially uniform place cards. Its place car just ways graphics, text and colors of which are intended to present a visual description to emergency response service personnel, other governmental personnel, utility company personnel, neighbors and neighborhood associations of certain conditions or emergency situations within your home or business. This is eliminates any guesswork or confusion for authorities or neighbors so less time is lost in cases of dire need.

In addition to graphics and text, the place cards are color-coded to specific emergency situations. The place Ferges a color code designated by the American Public Works Association, as follows:

Red: electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables no electricity.
Yellow: gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials no heat.
Orange: communications, alarm/signal lines no communications example phone.
Blue: part of the water no water.

Similarly, the handicap symbol and blue background, similar to that used on parking signs, alert concern people that I handicapped person is within the residence or business.

Using these colors, residents are able to inform authorities and neighbors of the situation, and when you clearly display the place cards at your home or business, authorities are quickly able to view the needs and circumstances of many residences or businesses from a greater distance. This will allow authorities to contact utilities with more detailed information possibly leading to a quicker return to lost utility services.

Helpful Tips:
Not only does emergency alert system notify local authorities of your situation, but Issac provides useful information for you, the resident, as well. Locate in the back of each emergency alert sign is space to fill in any important phone numbers as well as safety and survival tips. Additional information and tips for extended outages can be found in the following columns. Let all these ideas be a starting point for you to customize an emergency response plan based on the needs of your residence and those that reside within it.


Here are some extra ideas for you to consider: EAS-door
Make a list of special precautions not named here that are unique your situation.
Find and take note of the location of your home utilities and give instructions.
Talk with people in your community and compile a list of any special supplies you could store or procedures you could participate and to ensure the safety of your neighborhood.

Need Ambulance:
Every home should always have first aid supplies ready for any emergencies. You sure you have all the supplies on the list located on the back of the need ambulance alert card.

It’s always a good idea to start drinking water in your home. The best way to do this is to purchase large containers of it and leave it on open until needed. Another possibility is used soda bottles after being thoroughly washed and sanitized. If your supply runs low, remember that your water heater should be full of perfectly usable water.

If water service is interrupted, you may be under a boil water advisory for a period of time after service is restored. Stay informed of any local advisories.

When electric and heat are absent for an extended period of time during below freezing weather, there’s a possibility that water pipes will freeze. This process will cause the pipes to swell and possibly break, allowing water to flow freely during the thawing process. To help prevent this damage, turn off the main water valve and drain as much water out of the pipes opening multiple faucets.  This will release any pressure and allow the water to drain. Look for a water faucet in the basement or lowest level of residence To help drain most of the water.

After. Where a freeze is taking place, it is advisable to carefully inspect any exposed copper pipes that may have swollen. Swelling can occur only so many times before a pipe weekends and breaks under even the mildest situation.

No Heat:
When guest services been interrupted, hot water tanks running on gas as well as any heater or stows it have a pilot light should be turned off at the appliance. This is especially true if the residence is to be abandoned for any period of time. Slowly leak of gas into an environment has the potential of saturated area with gas, which in turn can result in an explosion upon reigniting the appliance.

No Electric:
When extended power outage occurs, you should consider shutting off the main breaker in the residence plus all other breakers so you won’t get a large pursers an electric service is restored. It is well advised to label the breakers in advance so you can turn on a select few to engage in service is restored.

No Communications:
As a preventative measure against the loss of landline telephone services, consider the purchase of a cellular phone if you haven’t already. These services are becoming cheaper and more readily available all over the country.

Another important thing to consider is what to do when your telephone service is restored. Many people may be trying to get through since the connection is restored. If you feel you need to contact the local or national authorities, it may be best to wait unless it is a life-threatening situation.

Handicapped Residents:
During an emergency the elderly and handicapped are the most affected by the repercussions of utility service outages. If you or someone you know is handicapped, be sure to always have emergency supplies ready so no preventable problems arise. Notify friends, relatives and neighbors of any conditions that could be hindered by a service outage. They could be an important lifeline in the event a serious emergency or extended utility service outage.