Emergency Preparedness

Information to help You be Prepared

Resolve to Be Ready in Three Steps

Would you and your family be prepared in the event of an emergency? Three simple and effective steps can help you make sure the answer is “yes:”

  1. Build an emergency supply kit.      Learn more.
  2. Make a family emergency communication plan. Learn more.
  3. Be informed about the types of emergencies and the appropriate response. Learn more.

Washington Township urges residents to familiarize themselves with these steps through the Resolve to be Ready Campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Residents who follow the Resolve to Be Ready Program are better prepared,” said Township Administrator Jesse Lightle. “The program educates and empowers families and businesses to prepare for and respond to a range of emergencies, including power outages, icy roads and natural disasters.”

A particularly important component of the program is keeping an emergency supply kit both at home and in the car, Lightle said. The Ready.Gov web site provides detailed instructions and checklists to make sure home and business kits are complete.

Ways to Get Information in an Emergency

In the event of an emergency, Washington Township will use these information outlets, to the extent they are available, to provide emergency updates:

1. CodeRED emergency phone notification.

2. Centerville High School radio station, WCWT 107.3 FM

3. Washington Township Facebook notifications

4. Washington Township web site

CodeRED Provides Quick Notification in Emergencies

In order to inform residents, Washington Township uses CodeRED, an emergency alert system that relays information to residents by phone. The high-speed messaging system can deliver customized emergency notification and instructions at a rate of 60,000 calls per hour.

Residential landline telephones automatically receive CodeRED messages, however Washington Township businesses must register if they wish to receive emergency notification. Residents should register if they:

  • Want their cell phone called
  • Want to provide a work phone as a back-up to their home phone
  • Want to provide a caregiver back-up number
  • Recently moved and kept their old phone number
  • Have changed their phone number in the past six months
  • Use a TDD/TTY

Register your phone number for CodeRED

Where to Tune Your Radio in an Emergency

In the event of an emergency, residents of Centerville/Washington Township can stay informed by turning their dial to the Centerville High School radio station, WCWT 107.3 FM.

The educational radio station has operated from Centerville High School for many years and provides information about early school closures, weather and local emergencies. In the past, 1290 WHIO-AM also has provided emergency updates. The station simulcasts at 95.7 FM.

 

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