Residents asked to register cell phones for
Published: February 8, 2012
IN AN area vulnerable to
floods, fires, earthquakes and other disasters, knowing what’s
going on where, and knowing it as soon as possible, is
imperative to residents’ and workers’ health and safety, so the
Carmel Police Department is collaborating with the American Red
Cross Monterey Bay Chapter on a campaign encouraging people to
register their contact information in order to receive emergency
notifications, according to CPD Cmdr. Paul Tomasi.
Public safety officials in the county and Monterey Peninsula
cities are asking residents to provide their pertinent
information to Alert Monterey County, a system that delivers
recorded emergency notifications to residents and businesses via
the 911 database.
But the database consists of telephone numbers for traditional
phone lines in homes and businesses, and in an age when many
people don’t have landlines — instead solely using cell
phones or the Internet to communicate — emergency responders
recognize the necessity of reaching residents and employees via
those means too.
Anyone who wishes to receive emergency messages and other
critical disaster-related information by cell, Internet phone or
email must register online at AlertMontereyCounty.org.
“The use of technology systems like Alert Monterey County can
help save lives and reduce the impact emergencies create,”
Tomasi said. “The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea has added Alert
Monterey County to the city website and is encouraging every
member of our community to register.”
In a further effort to ensure residents are well informed and
prepared, the website also includes links to the Red Cross,
ready.gov and PG&E, all offering advice on the best ways to
deal with the disasters and emergencies that can range from
inconvenient to devastating.
“By making emergency preparedness a priority, you will minimize
the impact on you, your family and your businesses, and give
yourself greater peace of mind,” Tomasi said.
To learn more, go to www.ci.carmel.ca.us or call Tomasi at
(831) 624-6403 or the Red Cross at (831) 624-6921.
Red Cross appoints coordinator
The local Red Cross chapter also announced this week the
appointment of Wanda Vollmer to the new position of disaster
preparedness coordinator for Monterey County. A grant from
PG&E is funding the job, and Vollmer’s responsibilities
include establishing, coordinating and implementing public
education efforts focusing on “vulnerable populations,” such as
the elderly and disabled.
Vollmer spent several years working for Chapman University,
focusing on community relations and fundraising, and has
undertaken contract jobs with nonprofits like the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society, SPCA for Monterey County and
Soles4Souls. She has also assisted the Red Cross in the past.