In an effort to improve readiness for the next severe weather event, lasting power outage, fire or other disaster, the City of Bay Village is promoting the following ways to ensure communication of vital information to all residents during times of emergencies.
“We’ve added a new page to our web site. Under Safety Services the Emergency Preparedness page has an udpated copy of the Resident Emergency Information Manual as well as links to various web sites that offer valuable information on emergency preparation, disaster assistance, Red Cross “Safe and Well” listings, and open shelters,” writies Mayor Debbie Sutherland in her weekly newsletter.
Tips on preparing a disaster kit for your home and a pet safety checklist are included. Residents need be proactive and prepare for emergencies, whether it’s sheltering in your home or, if the need arises, to evacuate. Both FEMA and the Red Cross have disaster kit lists available on their web sites.
“We’ve recently added an Emergency Alert banner on the city’s web site,” she says. When an emergency situation exists the Alert message will be live on the site. Site visitors will have the ability to close the message upon entering the site, however, it will reappear each time a new user session is started. Should a new alert message be published during an active user session that message will appear on the site upon refresh of the page and regardless of whether or not the user has closed the previous alert message.
“If you have a cell phone or internet access we strongly encourage you to sign up for the Nixle alert which delivers Bay Village emergency information via email and text,” reports the Mayor. These alerts will be sent out by the Mayor and/or Safety Services when an emergency situation exists. It only takes a minute to sign up and no personal information is needed, just your cell phone number or email. To sign up click here and scroll down the page to the Nixle signup box.
If you have a land line, Bay is in the process of adding the Nixle dial feature. They expect it to be operational by the end of June. All residents with a land line will automatically be included. When an emergency situation exists your home phone will automatically be dialed and you will hear a recorded message with the nature of the emergency and any additional instructions.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)may be activated by the City in an emergency situation. Their SAFETYnet Program is for anyone who might require extra assistance in an emergency or disaster whether due to a disability or lack of a support system. If disaster strikes, CERT membersmay be activated to contact SAFETYnet-registered residents to check on their welfare and help meet their emergency needs. To register for the SAFETYnet Program fill out the form available at the Senior Center or click here for the registration andauthorization forms. Submit the completed forms to the Community Services, or email the completed form to email@example.com