New Canaan, CT Provides Better Emergency Preparedness for Residents with SmartPrepare
First Selectman Robert E. Mallozzi III Announces a New Service that will help Protect Town’s Residents and Businesses
The New Canaan community can now feel more prepared, as a new service to assist in emergency situations is being implemented. First Selectman Robert E. Mallozzi III today announced the availability of SmartPrepare, a new initiative by the Department of Health & Human Services. Speaking at the Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Mallozzi discussed how New Canaan will be the first in Connecticut to utilize SmartPrepare to provide the Town’s emergency management officials and responders with more complete information about specific needs in the community so they can more effectively plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
”Since Hurricane Irene last year, our Town had been searching for ways in which we could enhance our existing process for identifying and locating at-risk individuals within our community and SmartPrepare is that solution,” said Robert E. Mallozzi III, First Selectman of New Canaan (CT). “SmartPrepare gives us the capability to rapidly access information provided by our residents in a manner that helps prioritize activities during disaster planning and response, allowing us to better serve our residents and businesses.”
With SmartPrepare, residents and commuters are able to create a Preparedness Profile at www.smartprepare.com that is available to specific emergency management and public health officials for disaster planning and response activities. The profile can include specific medical conditions and functional needs, all family members, pets, photographs, home and work addresses associated with telephone numbers, vehicles, and more. Then, in the event of an emergency, local emergency management officials can review these details, allowing for more effective response in a disaster. Most importantly, it provides the ability to more efficiently plan for emergencies and respond to those in the greatest need of assistance.
For example, during a winter storm which may cause a power outage, officials can determine which residents may require power for medical reasons, which individuals may need assistance evacuating their homes, and even proper handling of pets. Profiles are completely safe and secure, and each citizen manages their own information.
The availability of SmartPrepare will add to Health & Human Service Director Carol McDonald’s primary objective of preparing the whole community for a disaster or other emergency, not just those with functional or access needs.
“Our goal is to help residents provide us with us as much information as possible so that we can plan and respond more effectively and efficiently during a crisis, and SmartPrepare helps us accomplish that goal,” said Health & Human Service Director, Carol McDonald. “This is an innovative approach to empowering the community to participate in their own preparedness. Overall, this new service will give us additional ways to engage our community and collaborate with our emergency preparedness partners.”
SmartPrepare is a product of Rave Mobile Safety, the most trusted software partner for campus and public safety. “Having access to the right information is critical for minimizing the impact of any emergency situation. SmartPrepare enables emergency management officials to anticipate the needs of the community long before a disaster strikes, allowing for a much more efficient and coordinated response,” said Tom Axbey, president and CEO, Rave Mobile Safety. “By putting more information in the hands of emergency responders, jurisdictions like New Canaan, Connecticut dramatically improve their ability to respond to their community.
Residents are encouraged to create their Preparedness Profile with SmartPrepare today. Participation is voluntary, and profiles are confidential and only used for disaster planning and response purposes, and are only available to town public health and emergency management officials.