Resolve To Be Ready: Additional Topics
Staying informed - This section includes advice on how to get emergency alerts (including via texts from government agencies) and how to take advantage of various social media platforms used by FEMA and other government agencies.
Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. They can take various forms including:
- Natural: Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
- Man-made related: acts of terrorism
- Technology related: wide-spread failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software
Learn what disasters occur near where you live and work and opt-in for preparedness and emergency notifications
Disasters, natural and accidental, can occur in your area and emergency mangers have ways of sending critical notifications.
Many offer the ability to subscribe to alert services. Communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or emails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. You can sign up for these notices by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management website. Click here to learn about Emergency Notification in Suffolk County.
You can also use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from FEMA (standard message and data rates apply). To sign-up to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)
FEMA also offers a mobile app that is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry devices. Download it here.
Other notification systems
Methods of pushing emergency notifications vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You may hear a special siren, or receive a reverse 9-1-1 telephone call or emergency workers may go door-to-door. Other notifications include:
- The Emergency Alert System (EAS) can address the entire nation on a very short notice in case of a grave threat or national emergency. Ask if your local radio and TV stations participate in EAS.
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service office to specifically configured NOAA weather radio receivers. Determine if NOAA Weather Radio is available where you live. If so, consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio receiver.
- Suffolk County uses the Suffolk Code Red emergency alert notifications systems. Click here to learn more about Emergency alerts in Suffolk County.
Social media in the case of a disaster or emergency?
You may check your local town or county’s web or Facebook page to find resources such as Cooling Centers during a power outage, advisories on routes, detours and road closures and requests for volunteers and assistance. Click here to go to the Suffolk County Fire Rescue ane Emergency Services Facebook page and here for the Twitter Page.You can also use social media from your mobile device to post your status to let family and friends know you are safe. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you can use resources such as the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well Program.
But remember, while social media is a great tool to Stay Informed, you should always call 9-1-1 if you find yourself in a life-threatening emergency.
FEMA offers national updates on Twitter by following @FEMA @ReadyDotGov @CraigatFEMA. Be sure to frequently check FEMA’s Ready.gov site, the Weather Channel, NOAA and other reliable weather news sites to stay alert and be Ready.
Consider bookmarking important sources of information on your phone, PDA or other wireless device. Your local news affiliate provides updates specific for your area such as immediate area weather, recovery efforts, and resources for assistance. There are additional emergency resources available here.