A Tip About Safety Tips

safety-tips2The JVFD posts safety tips in the News section of jvfd-ems.org. If you’re following us on social media, you’re notified when a new tip is posted. You can also view all of the tips to date if you go to the JVFD Safety Tips archive page or click on the new “More Safety Tips” icon on the Home page. Please check back regularly to catch up on safety tips you may have missed.

Have at least one “corded” telephone

In the mountains, it’s not unusual for the electricity to go out. Thunderstorms, snowstorms, high wind, and things like road construction can result in damaged or severed electrical lines.

corded_phoneTo ensure that you can still make and receive calls when there is no electric power service (but there IS phone service), install a “corded” telephone in your home, like the picture on the left. This phone will work even if there’s no electricity.

This is especially important in a potentially hazardous situation (wildfire, flood, etc.) in which receiving a Reverse 911 phone call could be critical to your safety, even your life.

(Oh, and you can use this phone to call the electric company and report the outage or to find out when service may be restored.)

IMPORTANT: A “cordless” phone like these will NOT work without electricity:

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WARNING: Although cell phones generally don’t work in the mountains, more and more people are opting for Internet phones and giving up their landlines. Just be aware that if you do, it’s likely that you will lose all phone service in a power outage. Consider keeping a basic, low-cost land line (without any frills, such as long distance calling) for use in an emergency. At a minimum, make sure you register your Internet phone with Reverse 911.

Tell new residents about this . . .

welcomeFor many people, moving to Jamestown can be like being a stranger in a strange land. Just figuring out “how things work” in town, and “who knows what about what” can take weeks, months, or even years. During this time, a new resident’s safety can be compromised, especially in an emergency situation.

To welcome new residents and help them “come up to speed” quickly, the JVFD has put together some key safety-related information specifically for new residents.

If you know of a new resident, please tell them about this information. The new resident’s information can be accessed by selecting the For New Residents icon on the home page or by going directly to the For New Resident page.

Where is your emergency kit?

Are you prepared for the three-foot snow storm or other emergency that keeps you and your family in your house for days without electricity or other essential services? It’s happened before and it will happen again. You can count on it. Having a household emergency supplies kit may be the difference between safely “riding out the storm” and catastrophe.

Likewise, how about if you’re stranded in your car for hours or even a day or more?

The JVFD website has a new resource page that provides guidance on creating emergency supplies kits for both your household and your car. You can access it by selecting “Create Emergency Kits” from the Home page or go directly to the page here.