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Jackson County EMC has new tool for tracking evacuees

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
May 26, 2010 at 12:26 a.m.


Jackson County Emergency Management Center

Where: at 115 W. Main St. in small building adjacent the courthouse.

EDNA - Emergency management coordinator Allan Friedrich prepares for this hurricane season with a new set of tools.

The county recently received a barcode system that will help track evacuees from the evacuation site to a shelter.

The system, which involves scanning an issued wristband when they load and exit an evacuation bus, will help keep track of residents who may need assistance communicating their needs.

"Believe it or not, there are people who their mental capacity is not there and they get sick and they can't speak for themselves," he said.

Friedrich said he keeps a close tab on weather systems that are developing everywhere.

"If something's coming off the coast of Africa, we're looking at it," he said.

In the case of an emergency, Friedrich is assisted by two other people.

But, he emphasized the need for residents to have personal emergency family plans involving evacuations and disasters. Knowing where to go and how to get there is key.

"People have to realize they have to have their own plan in an emergency," he said.

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