The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released tips for a happy and healthy summer. Many tips on EPA’s list can be shared with residents as general messages launched through the CodeRED mass notification system and through the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. CodeRED clients can consider the below tips as proactive system use ideas meant to keep residents and visitors informed. Emergency Communications Network’s Client Support team is available 24/7 to help clients launch these messages, 866-939-0911.
Give residents a heads up about air pollutants and the associated health effects that might be of concern. People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of air pollutants and should be aware of the air quality in the area.
If your community is located along the coast or has lakes and you expect your residents and visitors to travel to these areas, send out a CodeRED mass notification to remind them to practice water safety. Help residents be mindful of the environment, particularly nesting sea turtles. Alerts can be launched to the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to keep residents and travelers to the area informed of any swimming risks, such as rip currents and signs of pollution or bacteria.
Lawn Care and Gardening
There are several opportunities for residents to help the environment when gardening and mowing their lawn. If there is a debris pickup in your community to ensure lawn clippings get recycled, issue a CodeRED general alert to advise residents to leave clippings at the curb for pickup. If there is mandatory water rationing, suggest residents avoid watering plants during specific hours and days.
Warn your residents that biting insects can carry dangerous diseases and stress the importance of taking preventive actions to repel ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. Let your residents know about mosquito spraying and city-wide pest control in the area to help reduce exposure to pesticides.
Heat and Sun
Remind your residents to check the Ultraviolet (UV) Index before planning outdoor activities. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States. You can use CodeRED to warn residents of extreme heat and give them tips on how to protect themselves from the sun.
As a reminder, please feel free to contact either Client Support or your Account Representative by calling 866-939-0911 for assistance using the CodeRED mass notification system or to enhance your mass notification capabilities. Follow ECN on Twitter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to get more updates from our company.