Approved: Paging Tower In Clifford Village

Yesterday evening the Clifford Village Council unanimously approved the construction of a fire/EMS paging tower on Village property and advised that construction could begin immediately.

radio_towerHowever, we still need to wait on several federal environmental studies to conclude in the next couple of weeks as well as FCC license modifications.

Motorola will begin ordering the steel and associated equipment for the site and electronics which shouldn’t take too long to come in.

This paging tower will bring much needed coverage to the northernmost portions of the county. We will have the antenna’s pointing in a directional pattern toward the south to cover Clifford, Burlington Township and parts of Rich and North Branch Township’s.

By increasing the coverage footprint in these area’s, the fire departments, medical first responders and Lapeer County EMS ambulances will better be able to receive their calls for service from dispatch. In turn they will be able to get a better response in terms of personnel and timeliness.

This Week Is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

911_the_number_to_know_bugThis week—April 14-20, 2013—is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. It is designated as a time when citizens can thank public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. Americans can show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies.

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April Is National 9-1-1 Education Month

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Lapeer County Central Dispatch Promoting 9-1-1 Awareness and Education in April

Lapeer, MI – April is National 9-1-1 Education Month, and the National 9-1-1 Education

Coalition (the Coalition) is encouraging public safety officials, schools, government officials, and industry leaders to engage in this national effort to educate the general public about the importance and appropriate use of 9-1-1 services. To support this endeavor, the Coalition has launched the 9-1-1: The Number to Know awareness campaign to allow these entities to speak together with one voice while supporting specific 9-1-1 messages being promoted in the local community.

This month-long campaign is designed to help citizens of all ages recognize the importance of 9-1-1 and their role when calling 9-1-1.

Many groups, including the United States Congress and members of the Coalition, also recognize April as National 9-1-1 Education month and encourage the media, the 9-1-1 community, the wireless industry, and public information providers to engage in 9-1-1 awareness and education activities this month. The Coalition has created a variety of resources for 9-1-1 professionals, public educators, and citizens on its 9-1-1: The Number to Know website, www.know911.org.

The National 9-1-1 Education Coalition is a volunteer group of public safety, education and industry stakeholders, formed to support the nationwide coordinated promotion of National 9-1-1 Education Month and National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. Members of the Coalition are represented by the following organizations: E9-1-1 Institute, 9-1-1 for Kids®, 911 Industry Alliance, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), CTIA—The Wireless Association®, National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED), National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA), and National Emergency Number Association (NENA). For more information about the Coalition, visit www.ng911institute.org.

Citizen Guidelines for Active Shooter Incidents

Community Response Guidelines

*Active Shooter Incident*

The following guidelines are intended to reduce your personal risk in the unlikely event that an Active Shooter Incident should occur on campus.

If you are outside a building when an event occurs, you should take immediate cover, preferably inside a building, circumstances permitting:

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If you are in a building when an event occurs, you should:

If possible without compromising your safety, leave the building and call 911.

If the location of an Active Shooter does not permit you to leave, secure immediate area:

  • Lock and barricade doors
  • Do not stand by doors or windows
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e. concrete walls, filing cabinets‐cover may protect you from bullets)
  • Silence cell phones

Un‐Securing an area:

  • Consider risks before un‐securing rooms
  • Remember, the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force
  • Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.
  • Consider the safety of masses‐vs‐the safety of a few
  • If doubt exists for the safety of the individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured
  • Know all alternate exits in your building

Contacting Authorities:

  • Call 911
  • Program the alternate Public Safety number (810‐667‐0292) into your cell phone

Even if phone lines are overwhelmed and your call does not go through, recall.

What to Report:

  • Your specific location – building name and office/room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries‐number injured, types of injuries
  • Assailant(s) location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or handgun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc

Police Response:

Comply with police officer instructions

  • Objective is to engage assailant(s) immediately
  • Evacuate victims/Medical care
  • Facilitate follow up
  • Interviews
  • Investigation
  • Counseling
Information from Rutgers Division of Public Safety

Flooded & Icy Roads

flooding-lkwd-300x229Many roads in Lapeer County today are flooded and/or icy. Please take extra caution when traveling today. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.

Q: What can I do to avoid getting caught is this situation?

Follow these safety rules:

  • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown
  • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don’t Drown
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Find out more about Turn Around, Don’t Drown