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Power Outages Caused Alerts and Warnings Not to be Available After Snow

911-CASPER-System-Snow-Storm-Alerts-Warnings-Power-OutagesBy Chuck Freels

If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere . . . . . 

During a Presentation I was at with David Martino from Martino Signs who is one of our C.A.S.P.E.R. Distributors in PA, David mentioned about a situation that resulted with him not being able to receive Alerts and Warnings that just happened in his area, which happens to be our old home town, Newtown Square and Broomall, PA.  The area was hit with an ice and snow storm which caused power outages in the complete area for 5 days, 6 in some of the area, which was pretty rough.   However, the thing that he was annoyed at was that right around the block from him, his local High School with where his children even attend,  had opened up as a shelter and he didn’t find out about it until after the electric got back on.

The problem was, since he didn’t have electric, he couldn’t charge his cell phone – so it was dead – which of course means he couldn’t get a phone call from anyone or any other type of alerting system notifying him of help that was being provided in the area.   He couldn’t get on the computer to check things out, and people were staying inside to try to keep warm.   He even drove past the High School on one of the days, and there wasn’t any notification outside High School alerting passersby that this help was there either.   The High School had power due to their back up generator and was considered a shelter – but what good is it if no one knows about it?

So for 5 whole days, David didn’t have heat, hot water, or cooking facilities or any other basic necessities of life and all while having to provide for his family.

From what David found out later, only about 60 people were aware of the emergency shelter, and due to them being aware, they were able to utilize the convenience of the Community emergency shelter.  There, those lucky people had heat, electronic charging station, showers, and hot meals!

Obviously, if there was a C.A.S.P.E.R. System in place, everyone who drove past the High School would have known that this emergency shelter was open and waiting to serve their Community.  Once there is a C.A.S.P.E.R. System in place, the Community Members would know to make a special trip to the location of a C.A.S.P.E.R. System just to find out what was being offered as help and guidance before, during and after any emergency situation using FEMA’s IPAWS Alerts and Warnings through C.A.S.P.E.R. or with using our C.A.S.P.E.R. Alerts feature.  As people found out they can stop by their neighbors to help spread the word to the ones who didn’t venture out, especially the elderly, letting them know about this too. 

Needless to say, once the C.A.S.P.E.R. Systems are up in your Community it will become a Land Mark, especially Before, During and After emergency incidents where people are used to checking to become informed for emergency notifications.

To better understand all of the levels and benefits of C.A.S.P.E.R. we strongly encourage you to take the couple of minutes to go through one of our Webinars.  We offer Webinars since, although our ‘How It Works’ page helps you get an understanding of C.A.S.P.E.R., so go right now and request a Webinar from us so we can go over everything in a more visual way.  Or just give us a quick call and set one up. While C.A.S.P.E.R. is easy to implement, it is a visual concept to understand.  The Webinar is about 15 minutes long and we can provide them at your convenience any Day, Evening or Weekend.  Just give us a call, or send us an email to get this going.

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