As we fearlessly (or in my case, fearfully) enter the hurricane season, the city of Pasadena has implemented a 211 number to provide residents with evacuations information in case of… well, an evacuation. This is one of the measures to improve the emergency plans of the city, in view of last year’s mandatory evacuation and this year’s expected busy storm season.
City implements 211 emergency line for evacuation
— reported by the Pasadena Citizen
With Tropical Storm Alberto currently threatening the coastal areas of Florida, the city of Pasadena is focusing attention on its own emergency plans.
The 211 line targets “special needs” residents, those without means of transportation in the event of an emergency evacuation.
“The state describes it as anyone who needs assistance in an evacuation,” said Robert Hemminger, the city’s emergency management coordinator,.
The 211 line was originally conceived by the United Way in 2001 as a way to provide a lifeline service to residents in need of transportation during an evacuation. The 211 line was adopted by the state of Texas as a test project during last year’s Rita evacuation, said Hemminger.
The 211 line would make the entire evacuation process more sufficient for both the city and its residents, said Hemminger.
“Pre-registering on that system helps us to identify who needs assistance and what kind of assistance they might require so that the city can make arrangements,” he said.
The city could determine how many buses would be needed, how many buses with wheelchair lifts would be needed and how many people would be bedridden, he said.