Friday April 28, 2017
Borger Youth Advisory Council Presents:
4th Annual "Light Up the Sky Against Hunger"
5K Glow in the Dark Fun Run / Walk / or Ride
to Benefit Borger Snack Pak 4 Kids
Park Youth Center
Pool opens on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Open Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays.
Hours - 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Admission - $2.00 per person
Children under the age of 10 will require adult supervision
Pool will be CLOSED Saturday, June 10th, 2017 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Public Mass Notification System
For the past several years, Panhandle Emergency Managers and the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) have been working together in an effort to provide all jurisdictions in the region the ability to contact their residents quickly when disasters are imminent. The goal was to create a sustainable call-out system that would enable local emergency management officials to rapidly notify their residents in mass when conditions (weather or otherwise) jeopardized their jurisdictions. The opportunity to see this effort come to fruition appeared two years ago when the PRPC applied for; then received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cover 75% of the cost of building and implementing a regional notification system. The Amarillo Area Foundation generously provided $100,000 to support a large portion of the non-FEMA funded system costs, with the PRPC providing another $24,000 in support. Together, these grant funds and contributions have now made it affordable for every jurisdiction in the region to maintain mass notification capabilities through the Panhandle Area Regional Information System (PARIS).
The system has been in the design-build stage for the past year and was officially unveiled on January 16, 2012. A region-wide media campaign began on that date encouraging residents throughout the Panhandle to "Resolve to Be Ready" by registering their contact information into the new regional system. Why is this important? The more contact points that residents enter into the system, the more likely they are to receive a notice when time is of the essence. And, it's important to note that any information entered into the system belongs to the individual that provided that information. Nobody else can see it or use it for any other purpose other than for notifications. They system simply knows to send a call or text message to the cell phone, email address, or home phone number entered by a registering resident.
The City of Borger currently has in place a similar system called CodeRED®. That system commonly referred to as reverse 911 is provided for under a contract between the Emergency Communications Network® and the City of Borger. While the current CodeRED® system has certainly worked well, it is limited to voice calls only and will be discontinued as of February 1, 2012. The PARIS Mass Notification System has the ability to deliver an emergency or informational message by voice, e-mail, text message, fax, pager, or any combination thereof. With the reliance on mobile communications growing, it's more important than ever that critical information be conveyed in a mobile environment. Panhandle residents are active and they're not always around a radio, TV or warning siren when emergency notices are issued. However, if that same notice can also go out to a cell phone in the form of a voice call, text message, or e-mail, it greatly increases the odds that the message will reach its intended audience no matter where the audience happens to be.
The regional "Resolve to Be Ready" campaign is being carried out in conjunction with FEMA's national Resolve to be Ready campaign. As a first step toward personal preparedness, residents should "Resolve to Be Ready" by logging onto www.R2BeReady.com to register their contact information, along with the contact information of their family members, into this new system. That way, they can stay informed of conditions that may affect their safety. By registering, residents also make themselves eligible to win one of three prizes that will be awarded each week throughout the 6-week campaign.
In the months to come, new communications opportunities will be added into the system so residents are encouraged to come back to the site from time-to-time to see what's been added and to make sure their contact information stays current. So, start off your New Years right and "Resolve to Be Ready".