Emergencies http://wunc.org en In Case Of Emergency: Dare County Visitors Told To Remember Their Addresses http://wunc.org/post/case-emergency-dare-county-visitors-told-remember-their-addresses <p></p><p>The Dare County Sheriff's Office is encouraging visitors to the Outer Banks to know exactly where they are in case of an emergency. Cell phones sometimes share inaccurate or incomplete location data with 911 dispatch, so knowing your street address can make it easier for help to find you.</p><p></p><p>Assistant Director Lora Nock said the 911 Center handles twice as many calls in the summer months as it does in the off-season.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:39:57 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37891 at http://wunc.org In Case Of Emergency: Dare County Visitors Told To Remember Their Addresses State Develops Online EMS Training For Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies http://wunc.org/post/state-develops-online-ems-training-handling-green-vehicle-emergencies <p></p><p>As more alternative fuel vehicles take to the roadways, North Carolina is working to prepare first responders how to react when they're part of an emergency.</p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://ncsc.ncsu.edu/">NC Solar Center</a> has worked with the State Fire Marshall's office to develop a workshop for emergency services personnel in the Triangle. Soon, responders in other parts of the state will be able to complete the training online. They'll learn to identify gas, biofuel and battery-operated vehicles.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:47:22 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37347 at http://wunc.org State Develops Online EMS Training For Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App http://wunc.org/post/real-time-updates-road-conditions-launch-app <p>There's a new app for Iphone and Android that could help North Carolinians in this week's winter weather. It's called ReadyNC.</p><p>This app does not replace 9-1-1. Rather, it's a place to look for local weather or road conditions, or to find a local shelter if needed.&nbsp; The app is even designed to offer real-time flood conditions on local waterways.</p><p>The app launched not long ago, so this will be its first big test.</p><p>If you search for the app on iTunes or the Apple App Sotre, look for "ReadyNC" (No space.)</p><p>Links:</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 29120 at http://wunc.org For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App 911 Is Receiving Inaccurate Location Data From Cell Phone Calls http://wunc.org/post/911-receiving-inaccurate-location-data-cell-phone-calls <p></p><p>If you use a cell phone to call 9-1-1 from your home or office, there's a good chance the dispatch center will receive inaccurate coordinates to your location. That's according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission.</p><p></p><p>Wireless providers deliver location information to 9-1-1 centers with each call. Land line calls include a name and address. The FCC established location accuracy standards when people generally used land lines at home and cell phones on the road. But now, 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls come from cell phones.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:54:54 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26933 at http://wunc.org 911 Is Receiving Inaccurate Location Data From Cell Phone Calls Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes http://wunc.org/post/hyde-county-overhauling-emergency-services-hospital-closes <p></p><p>EMS officials in an eastern North Carolina county will have to expand their services as another rural hospital shuts down.&nbsp;</p><p>The Vidant Pungo Hospital in the town of Belhaven will be closed by next spring.&nbsp; The facility is in Beaufort County, but it's the closest hospital for residents of neighboring Hyde County, which has about 6,000 people.&nbsp;</p><p>Hyde County EMS director Justin Gibbs says the next closest facilities with emergency services are about 30 miles farther away.<br /><br />"We're going to have to look at rewriting our system plan," Gibbs says.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:39:53 +0000 Will Michaels 25343 at http://wunc.org Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes Emergency Specialist Reflects On Life's Work During Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina http://wunc.org/post/emergency-specialist-reflects-lifes-work-during-anniversary-hurricane-katrina <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Helvetica,sans-serif" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">In 1985, Madhu Beriwal was conducting hurricane research for the state of Louisiana. She charted possible directions and outcomes that different storm conditions would bring to New Orleans. Looking at the atlas in 2005, Beriwal said it almost perfectly predicted the severity of Hurricane Katrina.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:41:10 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 21406 at http://wunc.org Emergency Specialist Reflects On Life's Work During Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina New Study To Research Local Hurricane Evacuation Behaviors http://wunc.org/post/new-study-research-local-hurricane-evacuation-behaviors <p>A new survey will gather information about coastal residents' attitudes and behaviors regarding hurricane evacuations. For the next month, local and state emergency officials will be conducting phone interviews to find out how residents react to evacuations and how to better implement emergency practices, like transportation and sheltering decisions. The study is being conducted for North Carolina Emergency Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Avery Kleinman 18759 at http://wunc.org New Study To Research Local Hurricane Evacuation Behaviors 911 Misdials Not Slowing Down http://wunc.org/post/911-misdials-not-slowing-down <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been one year since the ten digit dialing requirement was put into place in the 919 area code. It immediately caused an increase in the number of </span>misdials<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> coming into the 911 call centers in the Triangle. Twelve months later, the problem hasn't gone away.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:53:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 13843 at http://wunc.org 911 Misdials Not Slowing Down Mobile Emergency Alert Technology http://wunc.org/post/mobile-emergency-alert-technology <p>Raleigh TV station WRAL is working on technology that would get emergency messages to you -- wherever you are.<br><br style="font-weight: bold;"> <span style="font-weight: bold;"><strong>Gurnal Scott</strong>: </span>You're familiar with the Emergency Alert System messages on TV and radio.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px; display: block;"><strong><span style="font-weight: bold;">EAS Test:</span> </strong>This is only a test.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 1912 at http://wunc.org Johnston County Launches Local Emergency System http://wunc.org/post/johnston-county-launches-local-emergency-system <p>Emergency management officials in Johnston County are launching a local emergency alert system. The county has paired with the company Code Red in an effort to improve response time to natural disasters. Emergency Management coordinator Darrell Alford says the system also warns residents about localized emergencies like boil-water advisories or pipeline bursts.<br> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 08:05:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8279 at http://wunc.org