Emergencies

Health
8:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

In Case Of Emergency: Dare County Visitors Told To Remember Their Addresses

Dare County officials want tourists to know their vacation addresses. If they need to call 911, they'll be able to tell first responders where to find them.
Credit Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr

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.

Assistant Director Lora Nock said the 911 Center handles twice as many calls in the summer months as it does in the off-season.

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Health
8:47 am
Mon June 16, 2014

State Develops Online EMS Training For Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies

North Carolina first responders will soon be able to train online for how to handle crashes involving alternative fuel cars. Biofuel and electric cars have different tank and power precautions.
Credit David Dodge / Green Energy Futures via Creative Commons

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.

The NC Solar Center 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.

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Politics & Government
2:00 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

For Real Time Updates On Road Conditions, Launch App

The ReadyNC app is for Android and iPhone
Credit State of NC

There's a new app for Iphone and Android that could help North Carolinians in this week's winter weather. It's called ReadyNC.

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.  The app is even designed to offer real-time flood conditions on local waterways.

The app launched not long ago, so this will be its first big test.

If you search for the app on iTunes or the Apple App Sotre, look for "ReadyNC" (No space.)

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FCC
8:54 am
Fri December 6, 2013

911 Is Receiving Inaccurate Location Data From Cell Phone Calls

9-1-1 dispatch centers often receiving inaccurate location information from wireless providers when distressed people call from cell phones indoors.
Credit Dave DeWitt

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.

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.

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Health
10:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes

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EMS officials in an eastern North Carolina county will have to expand their services as another rural hospital shuts down. 

The Vidant Pungo Hospital in the town of Belhaven will be closed by next spring.  The facility is in Beaufort County, but it's the closest hospital for residents of neighboring Hyde County, which has about 6,000 people. 

Hyde County EMS director Justin Gibbs says the next closest facilities with emergency services are about 30 miles farther away.

"We're going to have to look at rewriting our system plan," Gibbs says.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Emergency Specialist Reflects On Life's Work During Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Madhu Beriwal (on right cutting the ribbon) when headquarters were moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Credit iem.com / innovative emergency management

Host Frank Stasio talks with Beriwal about her life and research in emergency management

  

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. 

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Environment
2:00 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

New Study To Research Local Hurricane Evacuation Behaviors

Credit Wikimedia Commons

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. 

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Politics & Government
4:53 am
Thu April 18, 2013

911 Misdials Not Slowing Down

Raleigh/Wake Emergency Communications Center
Credit Dave DeWitt

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 misdials coming into the 911 call centers in the Triangle. Twelve months later, the problem hasn't gone away. 

The calls come in waves, at all times of the day, to the Raleigh/Wake County Emergency Communications Center in the basement of the City Hall building. If the caller who misdials stays on the line and admits their error, it's an easy situation for the dispatcher to handle.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Mobile Emergency Alert Technology

Raleigh TV station WRAL is working on technology that would get emergency messages to you -- wherever you are.

Gurnal Scott: You're familiar with the Emergency Alert System messages on TV and radio.

EAS Test: This is only a test.

WRAL says mobile EAS messages can be sent to hand-held devices with a chip that can pick up TV signals. Steve Hammel is the station's Vice President and General manager.

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Science & Technology
4:05 am
Tue August 2, 2011

Johnston County Launches Local Emergency System

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.

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