The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) want you to be a “Force of Nature” when it comes to preparedness.
A helpful downloadable media toolkit is available to help you promote National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in your community. The toolkit includes: background information on how to take the next step, talking points, a blog post template, an Op-Ed, and a Social Media toolkit including content to share on Twitter and Facebook.
With all of the extreme weather situations we are experiencing, now is the perfect time to grab the attention of your citizens, staff or customers and promote self-registration for your contact lists.
People are more likely to be receptive to your messages when they are actively searching for information. Our self-registration website widget can help you capture complete contact information.
Rapid Notify’s self-registration feature helps organizations ensure that their mass communications are privacy compliant by offering opt-in and opt-out capability. Self-registrants complete a short online form with their contact information, indicate their preferences for notification, and select a secure login enabling them to return and update contact details as often as needed. The form collects comprehensive contact information with multiple fields including name, address, zip code, up to three phone numbers, email and SMS text number.
News coverage of recent disasters often touches on the failure of mass notification systems to reach all interested parties. Clearly one of the biggest challenges faced by organizations is a lack of contact information. It becomes increasingly difficult to deliver important alerts when a large percentage of the population no longer uses landline phones.
This is an ideal time to encourage registration of cell phone, Voice over IP phone number, e-mail address, and other contact information.
If you need assistance implementing Rapid Notify’s Self-Registration feature, please contact us today.
It can seem like a waste of time to develop emergency plans for the most rare or unlikely situations, but when one such event actually happens that planning will have been worthwhile. Take for example the extremely rare tornado that swept through a portion of south Seattle during a recent storm.
An unseasonable September storm dumped record amounts of rain and temporarily knocked out power for thousands in the Pacific Northwest. The National Weather Service confirmed through damage surveyed and eyewitness accounts that an EF1 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 110 mph hit the industrial area of Frederickson.
The state of Washington has perhaps one or two tornados each year but they are typically small. The storm that spawned this particular tornado dropped more rain in a day or two than typically falls in the entire month.
This and many other recent cases of extreme weather are proving the need for emergency planners to have scenarios ready for ANY type of situation, no matter how far-fetched it may seem.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/winter-weight-storm-slaps-northwest-on-last-weekend-in-september-with-record-rainfall-winds/2013/09/30/5d98c122-29ea-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html