The community identified the need to improve both emergency and non-emergency communications and related pre- and post-disaster information to citizens, first responders, and decision makers. The desired outcome is to alert the public about emergency situations, evacuation orders, shelter locations, and information and resources, and to inform and promote engagement among citizens.
This project has four parts:
- A communications tool for the city to warn its citizen through text, email, land-line, social media, etc. to provide related information during emergency situations.
- USGS Flood Warning System that predicts where flooding will occur in every neighborhood
- Restore the City’s emergency siren
- This project also includes the development of a non-emergency communications strategy to share news about non-disaster related community events.
To alert the public about emergency situations, evacuation orders, shelter locations, and information and resources. This project impacts all community members and addresses their recovery vision statement.
This project also supports:
- Minimizing loss of life pre-disaster
- Enhances the public information and warning core capability
- Response and recovery activities
Possible Funding Sources, Technical Assistance, and Partners:
- US Geological Survey, FEMA, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
- U.S. Department of Commerce Investments for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities
Estimated Cost: Low (<$100k)
Estimated Timeline: Short term (<1 year)
During the second community meeting, participants ranked this project at 9.60 out of 10 with respect to level of importance.