Monday, September 26, 2011

Power Outage

All of San Diego, some of the rest of Southern California and even parts of Mexico were out of power recently for over 24 hours. When the power goes out, can your dispatch function? Do you have back up generators for your agency? Do you have the ability to stay on the air for days if the power does not come back right away?



Can your officers control traffic in your city if all the street lights and traffic signals go dark? If you have a large city, with big streets and heavy traffic, losing the traffic signals can be very dangerous. If there is no automatic traffic control it can be hard to conduct an evacuation, or facilitate the response of fire and EMS.



How will kids get home from school without electricity? If you live someplace where there is snow on the ground and no electrical power how will people keep warm? You may still have heating oil or natural gas but heaters often require electricity for pumps or fans. Public safety is more than response to bank robberies; that’s what the SGT Says.

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