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Be Prepared for the Next Public Warning or Unexpected Emergency

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On any given day, news headlines highlight disasters or other emergencies across the US, causing Americans to evaluate their own levels of safety.  Whether looking back 10 years at the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks or remembering the high levels of floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and other natural disasters 2011 has wrought, we are constantly reminded of the imperative to be fully prepared for the unexpected. 

According to the Federal Signal 2011 Public Safety Survey, half of Americans feel they are less safe today than they were prior to the 9/11 tragedy.  In addition, almost 4 out of 10 consider their city or town to be slightly to completely unprepared in the event of an emergency, including unexpected emergency risks such as natural disasters, terrorism and health pandemics.

"This survey speaks volumes to perceptions about the current state of public safety awareness and emergency preparedness and reminds us solutions must come from year-round, community-wide engagement and action," noted Joe Wilson, president of Federal Signal's Industrial Systems Division, Safety & Security Group. "In addition, we need to remind Americans what individuals and families can and should do on their own.”

While recognition should be given for the advancement achieved in safety preparedness, continuous efforts need to be made with visible progress to make Americans feels safer and set to respond during a state of emergency. 

Even though public safety officials are responsible for enhancing awareness and preparedness, it is the responsibility of each individual to be ready when disasters occur. Collective efforts by all should not stop until 100 percent of the population believes safety is a priority in their community.

"We need to collectively consider and actively discuss how we should prepare, respond and communicate in the event of an emergency scenario,” said Wilson.

So, how can you better protect yourself and your family?  Wilson has some tips to help you be prepared for the unexpected:

  • 1.  Be proactive.  Build a safety plan for you and your family and implement it so that you can best react to the unexpected. Make an emergency kit that is easily accessible. Remember the importance of critical recommendations such as texting first and talking second when cell carrier signal strength is reduced.
  • 2.  Be connected. Timely communication is key in a state of emergency.  Technology allows for several channels of communication to alert people when a crisis hits. Most cities have solutions and/or services that enable residents and visitors to enroll and receive information that ranges from traffic and weather emergencies to hazardous materials situations, and everything in between.
  • 3.  Be aware. Familiarize yourself with the changes that have been made in your community to alert the public of a natural disaster, health pandemic or terrorist attack.  New technologies and systems are constantly being updated and it is important to be aware how those changes affect you and those around you.

To see the Federal Signal survey and learn more about how to better protect yourself and your family, visit www.alertnotification.com.


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