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The importance of being prepared

Boy-scouts-CASPER-be prepared-femas IPAWS alerts and warningsBy Chuck Freels

Boy Scouts Have It Right

I was a Boy Scout and one of the things they stressed most was to be prepared!  To this day many of my children ask me how I learned to do this, or why I do that, and I often remark “it’s because of what I was taught while in the Boy Scouts”.

I feel as though they had it right.  It is so important for everyone to be responsible for themselves and be prepared.  So obviously the most important thing to ensure being prepared is knowing what to be prepared for.  And that can take on many forms – such as what is coming, when it will hit, what to do, where you can go for shelter; and all of this is needed Before, During and After emergency situations.

The first words of FEMA’s IPAWS video say “When Disaster Hits”.  Not ‘IF’, not ‘It might”, not “Let’s take our chances and see”.  It says “WHEN”.  There is a reason for that.  Disasters, Emergency Situations and other stressful times are inevitable.  They will come.  So . . . . why not be ready for them when they do come?

While FEMA’s IPAWS Alerts and Warnings are great before something hits, however we like to boast how we feel our C.A.S.P.E.R. Alerts feature really shines During and After emergencies hit.  The C.A.S.P.E.R. Alerts feature has the capability to let your local 911 Dispatchers, Emergency Management, and any other Authority that you would like to give access to the C.A.S.P.E.R. Alerts so that they can provide your Community with relevant local guidance to shelters, food, water, charging stations and any other type of service that they want their Community to know so they can get through this Disaster as safe and comfortable as possible.

As we, the sector who takes the responsibility of many people’s safety seriously, it is important to make sure we have it covered – even as FEMA IPAWS themselves state:  “A Key idea of IPAWS is that there is no single way to alert everyone at the same time. Not everyone will be watching TV or listening to the radio when a tornado approaches. Not everyone will hear the sirens. Not everyone owns a weather radio. Clearly, the only way to reach the whole community is to cover as many pathways of communication as possible.”.

The C.A.S.P.E.R. Alerts feature is not only a unique Alerting Tool – it is an immediate notification Alerting Tool.  As fast as a Disaster can change, so can your guidance to your Community change.

So no more depending on a remote agency miles, and even Coasts away, that only have information by a radar – now you have the control of  being at ‘Ground Zero’ making the decisions on the best way to help your Community.  As any Emergency Manager understand, time response and accurate information is what saves lives.  Now you will have the tool to IMMEDIATELY – and as the situation changes – so can your message to your Community – IMMEDIATELY.

As you know, our C.A.S.P.E.R. System helps with emergency situations too.  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.

We are just a phone call or email away if you would like to ask us any questions or help you get started with providing this great safety tool for your Community.

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To The Lives Saved!
Chuck

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