MESSAGE FOR EMERGENCY MANAGERS
We STRONGLY encourage State and Local Emergency Management Agencies to consider
creating & implementing a "People Locator Tool" into their system immediately and campaign it as much as possible
and as soon as possible. Whether it is on your website or through a “wide flyer campaign”, we need for you to
be as CREATIVE as possible. Make sure it can be used in times of crisis to post information as to were one is going, arrived,
who they are looking for, etc.
Emergency managers need to be PRO ACTIVE in this matter. This CANNOT be emphasized enough! Your constituents need
to know about your program WAY BEFORE an incident strikes your community. This program's concept needs to be recognized and
validated by the community you serve PRIOR to an emergency. Conduct dry runs of your system. Involve your community. “Improvising” is great and necessary during and after emergencies but it
should however not be an excuse to wait and do nothing when we could positively reduce the strain of emergencies
by being somewhat ready for the “communication chaos” that will reign for the well know first 72 hours. Let’s
relieve some of that tension NOW and be ready to help post their whereabouts before and after the crisis. Finding a child/parent
or loved one is dramatic enough without the chaos!
Remember that your plan should include PETS! Some citizens have shown their strong attachment to their pets during the Katrina
rescue efforts. Have a plan NOW to satisfy inquiries THEN about what will happen to their pets and where they can find more
information once rescued. Your community doesn't NEED another Snowball controversy!