Winter is here. CodeRED can help prepare your residents

There is no such thing as being too prepared.

As the chance of blizzards increases, so does the need for community awareness of important winter storm safety reminders. With the busy holiday season taking precedence in people’s minds, emergency officials are charged with the responsibility to prepare their communities for dangerous conditions.

Blizzards and other winter storms bring vast volumes of snow and are incredibly dangerous. According to a study released by the University of Georgia there were 13,852 reported deaths due to winter conditions from 1996 to 2011.

How can CodeRED help emergency managers work to avoid disaster each year?

The CodeRED system allows emergency managers to shift away from reactive disaster planning to a much more proactive approach that includes multiple methods of message delivery to ensure a greater audience. Below is a list of measures emergency managers can take with CodeRED:

Proactive messages to the public

  • Drive cautiously due to hazardous road conditions
  • Winterize your home and vehicle
  • Prepare an emergency plan for you and your family
  • Put together an emergency kit for your home and vehicle
  • Encourage your friends and family to opt-in to CodeRED and download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app
  • Know the steps to take if you become trapped in your vehicle during a storm

Proactive education on terminology

  1. Blizzard warning – blizzard conditions are expected for at least 3 hours with extremely cold temperatures and sustained winds of 35 mph or more
  2. Blizzard watch – blizzard conditions are possible in the next 12 to 36 hours
  3. Winter storm warning – snow, sleet or ice expected within 24 hours and action needs to be taken
  4. Winter storm watch – snow, sleet or ice is possible within 3 days and you should be prepared
  5. Winter weather advisory – wintery weather is expected so exercise caution
  6. Signs of hypothermia
  7. Signs of frostbite

For more terminology, visit www.weather.gov

Messages to the public during a storm

  • Remain indoors unless absolutely necessary and be sure to bring pets inside
  • Provide a list of heating and power sources that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if used improperly indoors
  • Be sure to opt-in to receive CodeRED Mobile Alert app Weather Warning messages to remain informed about the storms progress
  • Adhere to instructions regarding road accessibility once the storm ends, to ensure early travel is avoided

Education on recovery efforts

  • Alert your residents when conditions are safe to begin traveling
  • Provide a list of roads or areas that remain unsafe and need to be avoided
  • Include details on clean-up crews and street sweeps
  • Send reminders regarding appliances that can cause carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Provide updates on power restoration

Deliver your messages in every way

The most important action an emergency manager can take with CodeRED is using every tool of message delivery possible. When sending a notification, make sure to check the box on each delivery method to maximize your reach and inform as many as possible.

On December 13th the CodeRED Launcher mobile application introduced new functionality enabling users to share emergency alerts directly from the app to a linked social media page. This allows you to communicate your important messages via another method of delivery and increases your reach to residents. Contact your CodeRED representative today to register for a quick webinar on the new social media enhancement.

Contact our CodeRED Customer Care team today to set up pre-created scenarios for your community and make sure you are ready for the winter weather