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- What is CodeRED and why is it important to me?
CodeRED is a new emergency notification service by which city officials can notify West Seneca residents and businesses by telephone, cellular phone, text message, or electronic mail about time-sensitive emergency situations or important community alerts. The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire town. Only authorized officials are allowed access to the system.
- For what kinds of situations will CodeRED be used?
Any message regarding the safety or welfare of our community would be disseminated using the CodeRED system.
- Does the CodeRED system replace other systems that have been used to provide time-sensitive information to residents?
This system is an enhancement to existing means of communication and is supplemental to, not a replacement for, any systems we have used in the past.
- What should I do if I receive a CodeRED message?
Listen carefully to the entire message. It will be brief and at the end of the message, you will have the option to repeat the message by pressing any key. Follow the instructions given. Do not hang up until you have heard the entire message or you might miss vital information. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so or if you need immediate aid from the Police or Fire department.
- Will CodeRED leave a message on a machine?
Yes, CodeRED will leave a message on a machine or on voice mail. Part of the CodeRED solution is the patented ability to recognize answering devices and leave the message completely in one pass.
- What happens if the line is busy?
If the line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect.
To sign-up for CodeRED, click on the CodeRED logo below:
What is CERT?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train local citizens to be prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. The reality is, citizens could very likely be on their own during the early hours of a catastrophic
disaster. Training in basic disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. This training is not intended for First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) as they already have a background in the subject area. When emergencies
occur, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT Members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
Citizen Corps, Erie County Department of Central Police Services in conjunction with the Erie County Department of Emergency Services, and Erie Community College Department of Workforce Development are coordinating and implementing the training for Community Emergency Response Team
volunteers to respond to any type of emergency situation. These Departments will maintain and manage a database of all volunteer members of this CERT program in case of an emergency.
Each CERT member will receive training in the following areas:
- Emergency Preparedness
- Fire Safety
- Emergency Medical Operations
- Light Search and Rescue Operations
- CERT Organization
- Disaster Psychology
- Terrorism and CERT
- Course Review and Disaster Simulation
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The mission of West Seneca CERT is to:
- Assist the members of our communities and workplaces following an event when professional responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) are not immediately available to help.
- Be always prepared to assist, upon request, those professional responders in every area for which we have been properly trained.
- Support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects in our communities.
- Assist in, and support the mission of, the West Seneca Office of Emergency Management to mitigate the results of natural and man-made disasters and to protect the general public from the growing specter of acts of terrorism through planning, detection, communication, response, public information, and training.
Training programs are normally held in West Seneca two times a year. Classes run for approximately seven weeks and conclude with a Disaster Simulation.
View the July - September 2014 West Seneca and Elma CERT Newsletter. See what the Cert Teams are doing, inportant meeting dates, and general safety information that will help all residents.
Stay informed - click here to view the latest newsletter!!
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CERT Amateur Radio Operators
The West Seneca CERT Amateur Radio Operators run a Net every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm on the STARS Repeater. CERT members, as well as all Amateur Radio operators, are invited to check in with KC2YWQ
at that time. 147.690 w/107.2 tone input - 147.090 Output (STARS is the Southtowns Amateur Radio Society)
A Few Minutes Could Save Your Life !!
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The West Seneca CERT Team recognizes and thanks the following sponsors for their support:
- Steuben Foods
- EMPact America
- Food Channel Development – Lifetime Brands
- Tuff-Kote Asphalt, Inc
- Nick Costa Contracting
- NYS Senator Tim Kennedy
- Ebenezer Lawn Scape
- Key Foods
- Trophy's - Trophy's
- Vigilant Fire
- East Seneca Fire
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