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June 8, 2010 - City of Thornton City Council Update on Emergency Weather Warning Options

June 8, 2010 - City of Thornton City Council Update on Emergency Weather Warning Options

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The City of Thornton (Colorado) is investigating options for keeping residents updated on breaking weather threats and civil emergencies. This document is the presentation given by city staff to the city council.
The City of Thornton (Colorado) is investigating options for keeping residents updated on breaking weather threats and civil emergencies. This document is the presentation given by city staff to the city council.

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CITY OF THORNTONCOUNCIL UPDATEJune 8, 2010
ITEM TITLE:
Emergency Weather Warning Options
ISSUE
: This presentation will provide Council with information onweather warning options. Staff will review the current programs used to notify thepublic of severe weather events, the Federal Integrated Public Alert and WarningSystem that will be available in 2012, and examine the merits of other warningsystem programs and their relevance to the City.
Current Weather Warning Notification Systems Utilized
Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a recognized public warning system
Radio and television stations storm coverage
Public Awareness Campaign
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Radio
Fastest way to receive weather information
Free or minimal cost programs
KMGH, Channel 7
WeatherBug
WeatherCall, Channel 9
Future Weather Warning System
Federal Integrated Public Alert and Warning System available in 2012
Goes beyond broadcasting on television and radio
Severe weather notification would be available via
o
Cell phone
o
Computer
o
Home phone
o
Public signage
Enhanced Public Awareness Campaign
City Communications Department provides weather information to residentsthrough written, electronic and visual medias; to include City Web Site andChannel 8
Spring weather education programs
Bridging the Gap until 2012
Reverse 911 system
Third Party Subscription Services
City enters into contract with a subscription service
Programs require residents to subscribe to notification system
Examples include CodeRed and Everbridge
 
 
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 Bridging the Gap until 2012 Con’t
Outdoor Warning Sirens
Limitations to notification system
Cost associated with system
Enhanced Public Awareness Campaign
City Communications Department provides weather information to residentsthrough written, electronic and visual medias; to include City Web Site andChannel 8
Spring weather education programs
Evaluate Joint Partnership opportunities
Work in conjunction with neighboring cities on program development
RECOMMENDATION:
Technology is changing so quickly that supporting asingle system would not be efficient. Staff’s recommendation is to encourageresidents and businesses to purchase a NOAA weather radio. In addition to theNOAA radio recommendation and the pending implementation of the IntegratedPublic Alert and Warning System in the next two years, staff recommends thedevelopment of a Weather Awareness Public Education Program that would beimplemented in the spring of each year.
BACKGROUND/HISTORY:
 
Tornado history
Adams County has experienced 151 tornadoes between 1950 – 2008 (58years)
Thornton has experienced four tornadoes during the 58-year period
Six tornadoes have touched down within two miles of Thornton
Spring of 2009 severe weather outbreak
City Manager directed the Emergency Manager to research weather warningprogram options
City Council requested a presentation
 
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