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Are you prepared for an emergency?

Graphic: Make a Plan. My Plan.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.

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City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Joint Information Center Activated for Severe Weather Event

The City of Cleveland Joint Information Center (JIC) has been activated in response to the a severe weather event that is sweeping across the area due to hurricane Sandy?

Currently, the divisions of Cleveland Public Power, Water Pollution Control, Water, Fire, EMS and Police have crews and staff on stand-by and ready to respond to emergency situations as they arise.

Please check City, County, Cleveland Public Safety and Cleveland Public Power social media accounts for updates as they become available.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CityofCleveland

Twitter – @CityofClevelnd

Safety Blog – http://www.clesafety.com

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What to do in a Storm? Cleveland braces for Hurricane Sandy

Lake Erie waves

At noon today the waves were high off of Lake Erie at E. 55th St.

As remnants of Hurricane Sandy make its way into northeast Ohio, forecasters are predicting extremely high winds and heavy rain with a potential for downed power lines, and power outages. In an effort to keep residents and customers ready and informed, Cleveland Public Power offers the following tips for storm safety:

  • Downed power lines – Never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action should be to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP’s Trouble Line can be reached by calling 216-664-3156.
  • Do not put your feet in water where a downed line is laying
  • Do not try to move tree limbs
  • If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
  • If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and you could receive a shock.
  • Power outage and food safety – Unless there is a major outage extending more than 4 hours, your food should be safe in the refrigerator as long as you leave the doors closed. After that point you may want to begin to prepare and/or eat the food.
  • Food in the freezer will hold much longer. According to the USDA, “a full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”
  • If it appears the outage will last for a prolonged period of time, the USDA advises obtaining dry ice or block ice to keep the refrigerator cold. The USDA reports “fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days.”
  •  In Home Tips – unplug and avoid using major electric appliances and avoid using the telephone. You should also avoid using the telephone because in the even of a lightning strike these lines and other wires can conduct electricity.

We are asking our residents and customers to follow storm protocols of seeking shelter, and to call  us at 216-664-3156 to report outages.

In the event of widespread outages customers will also be able to follow updates as well as report outages on Twitter, by following @cppgreen.

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