Disaster preparedness strategies are key elements that all communities must have in place. Without a reliable strategy for an emergency situation, the risks of extensive damage and injuries increase exponentially.
Some public officials struggle to enact sufficient safety protocols, but local government agencies and nonprofit organizations are offering assistance. In Delaware and Texas, support is being offered to communities that need to improve their emergency preparedness plans in order to ensure the safety of nearby residents.
Red Cross holds presentation The Newark Post reports that the American Red Cross recently held a seminar for local residents. Approximately 15 people attended and were taught how to prepare themselves for tornadoes, fires, floods and hurricanes. Additionally, presenters went over how to create an emergency kit. Jean Dunson, a Newark resident, told the news source that it was beneficial to participate in a comprehensive session.
"We've heard a lot of these things in bits and pieces. It's good that they've put it all together so we can have better understanding. We are very grateful for the Red Cross and all that they do," Dunson said.
Joe Miller, a volunteer for the Red Cross, also discussed important terminology. During the seminar, Miller went over the differences between storm warnings and watchings as well as floods and flash floods.
Committee details plans The Local Emergency Planning Committee in Abilene, Texas, recently discussed how to respond to a plant explosion, according to KTXS. Chairman David Crymes believes that the biggest danger is complacency.
"The longer we go without a major incident the more people go 'it's never going to happen to us,'" said Crymes.
The LEPC is working with local chemical companies and facilities to determine potential threats. For instance, the nearby Helena Chemical Company receives regular ammonia shipments, so the LEPC needs to know what possible dangers there are and what can be done in the event of an explosion.
Regardless of the nature of an emergency, an emergency notification system, like Omnilert, is a necessity for preparedness. The system can disseminate emergency notifications and text message alerts so local officials can inform residents on the situation. Additionally, the platform can be used to send updates with breaking information so people within the community are always up to date. This ensures that everyone is well aware of ongoing dangers and understands what steps to take.