Local Residents Have Opportunity to Participate in Emergency System Test
By LYNDON GERMAN
Dec 7, 2016, 08:50
Hopewell Fire and Rescue, in cooperation with the Hopewell Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is conducting a Citywide Shelter-In-Place drill to give everyone the opportunity to practice this important skill.
On Wednesday at 11 a.m. the city will send out a message through its CodeRED system for residents to participate in their Shelter in Place (SIP) drill. CodeRED is an emergency notification system used by public safety organizations which notifies residents through their telephones and cellular devices.
SIP is one of the principal instructions one may receive from said system which during a chemical emergency in your community.
A chemical emergency could occur in anywhere hazardous chemicals are kept, stored or transported and Hopewell’s many factories are examples of such areas.
The following general procedure and information can help in a shelter place emergency: a first aid kit, battery operated AM/FM radio or, flashlight, bath-size towels for wetting and placing at the bottom of doors), plastic sheeting or cloth to cover windows, food and assorted simple games to pass the time.
In order to prepare for future spills one should assemble a SIP supply kit in case of emergency.
To receive CodeRED alerts from the city one can sign up through the city’s website at hopewellva.gov and clicking the CodeRED icon or by calling the Hopewell Fire Department at 804-541-2288.
You can also contact the fire department for additional information and questions.