We’ve all looked on in shock and disbelief at the devastation left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but have you given any thought to what you would do in a similar situation? September is National Preparedness Month, and as we conclude the first week we encourage you to develop a plan of action for you and your loved ones.
To point you in the right direction we are sharing some insight we gathered from our friends at ready.gov. So, the first thing you need to do is consider the following three questions when preparing your plan:
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
Emergency Alerts and warnings in the City of Cleveland are issued through the CodeRED system. You can register for this service by visiting the city website here and clicking on the CodeRED tab on the right side of the home page. Mobile users can download the app here.
When implemented last year Safety Director Michael McGrath said, ” “CodeRED is another tool that the city is providing to help citizens stay informed and stay safe.” The City will utilize the system in the event of severe weather situations or when other emergencies arise.
Users can sign up for which alerts they would like to receive and the notifications can be sent to a cell phone, landline, or email address. In addition to emergency alerts, the City of Cleveland will be offering non-emergency messages on various city service interruptions. The CodeRED system has the ability to utilize Geographical Information System (GIS) technology to strategically deploy notifications
“The CodeRED system will give residents, visitors, and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into a database to receive emergency and non-emergency alerts,” said Alex Pellom, City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center Manager.
Now that you’re set up with warnings, where will you go for shelter? Depending on the emergency you may only need to head to the home of family and friends, but in the case of a massive weather emergency check out these tips offered on ready.gov.
The final step is to develop a communication strategy for you and your family. In the case of large emergencies phone lines may be down, or sporadic so set up a plan for a telephone tree. More information on that can be found here.