The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to provide our citizens and visitors with the most proficient delivery of services that can be accomplished by prudently utilizing all resources available to the department.
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Launched in 2007, Nixle provides an open communication forum that connect public safety, municipalities, schools, businesses and the communities they serve. Nixle enables real-time, two-way communication through text, email, voice messages, social media, and the Nixle mobile app.
The Nixle notification system is relied on by over 8000 agencies, fire and police departments, schools, hospitals and is now available in a business version! Organizations use Nixle for critical situations such as Severe Weather Events, Evacuations, Safety Hazards, Security Threats, Facilities Problems, Employee Notifications, and IT/Telecom Disruptions.
Plan, prepare, stay informed.
The time to put an emergency kit together is before a disaster.
An emergency kit is a container of items your family may need in or after an emergency. Most of the items can be found in your house.
It is important to put them in one place. Be sure every family member knows where the kit is kept.
You need to put enough water, food and supplies in your kit for three to seven days for each person and pet.
You may be on your own for hours or even days after a disaster. Fire fighters and police cannot always reach everyone quickly. Basic services like water, gas, power, sewage treatment and phones may be not work for several days or more.
Being ready for an emergency helps you and your family to survive. It also allows police, fire fighters and emergency medical workers to help those who need it most.
YELLOW DOT CONTINUES TO GROW!
More than 2500 people have signed up since the program started only a few months ago. And the very positive response to the free Moore County Yellow Dot Program continues.
Now more fire department locations for signing up. Whispering Pines, Cypress Pointe (Vass) and Robbins locations have been added most recently. You now can go to eight fire departments throughout the County. And, Pinehurst Fire Department now has every-Saturday hours, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
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More organizations are hosting special sign-up events. The schedule for the upcoming months is being developed now, including more Saturday special sign-up events. And, people are telling people about this life-saving program.
The primary objective of Yellow Dot is to sign up as many residents, as soon as possible.
Everyone needs Yellow Dot because anyone can be in a vehicle crash or other roadside emergency and not be able to communicate when First Responders arrive. This could be an injured parent with children, or an individual driving alone in a vehicle.
The Yellow Dot information in your glove compartment speaks for you when you cannot speak for yourself or your family. You don’t need to have a medical condition to need Yellow Dot.
Signing up is easy! Your photo is taken, you fill out an information form, and you get a Yellow Dot Folder and Decal for your vehicle. None of your information is retained. And there are no questions about medical insurance numbers, social security number, or birth date.
See Yellow Dot articles in The Pilot, Seven Lakes Times, Aberdeen Times, Pinestraw magazine, and OutreachNC magazine. And see us on Facebook.
Want to print and fill out an information form before going to a sign-up location? Click Information Sheet.
The Yellow Dot Program would like to work with organizations interested in hosting a sign-up event. Contact us here.
ABOUT HEARTSAFE MOORE COUNTY
HeartSafe Moore County (HSMC), which formed in November 2007, is a group of community leaders committed to raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
They are advocates for public access defibrillation (PAD) programs and have one goal – to save lives through early defibrillation.
HSMC’s program objectives include ensuring that Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are available in all public schools, public recreation areas, churches, businesses, and places where there are large groups of individuals gathered.
Community awareness of SCA and the need for AED’s is growing. Currently there are more than 300 registered AED locations in Moore County
The downtown area of Southern Pines is now recognized as one of the first HeartSafe Communities in the state – thanks to a network of publicly accessible AED’s located along the downtown sidewalks in cooperation with the Southern Pines Fire Department.
Together HSMC is implementing and expanding an efficient and effective network for utilizing an AED in a timely fashion when needed in all of Moore County.
Saving Moore Lives through Public Access Defibrillation
A bulk purchase agreement with a preferred AED vendor allows you to join the HeartSafe family at a significantly reduced price while Moore County EMS staff assists you with deployment, training, and policies.
Visit the Moore County Department of Public Safety website or call them at (910) 947-6500 to get more information about how to purchase and implement a Public Access Defibrillation Program in your location.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that analyzes the victim's condition and, if warranted, delivers an electric shock to the heart to reverse sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
When someone collapses from SCA, immediate CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) are essential for any chance of recovery. These devices are failsafe and will not cause injury to the user, nor will they deliver a shock if none is needed. For patients ventricular fibrillation, or “VF”, studies show that if early defibrillation is provided within the first minute, the odds are 90% that the victim’s life can be saved. After that, the rate of survival drops 10% with every minute. As many as 30%-50% of SCA victims would likely survive if CPR and AEDs were used within five minutes of collapse.
The American Heart Association supports implementing the chain of survival to rescue people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the community. The adult chain of survival consists of:
- Early Recognition of the Emergency and Activation of Emergency Response System (phone 9-1-1 immediately)
- Early CPR
- Early Defibrillation
- Early Advanced Care
- The first ten minutes following a sudden cardiac event are critical. In fact, there is a 10% decrease in survival for every minute of delay. CPR alone may not restart the heart in the event of SCA, so it is critical to shock the heart with an automated external defibrillator within the first five minutes of SCA—and increase the chances for survival. (SCAA)
- SCA is extremely deadly, with a mortality rate of approximately 90%. (SCAA)
- Many EMS squads have an average response time of 8-12 minutes and cannot reach a victim of SCA in time.
- Organizations that deploy AEDs are at lower liability risk than those that do not.
HeartSafe Moore County has established policies, procedures, and plans for effective use of AEDs and will assist with training, maintenance, and long-term monitoring of the device.
- A host of undetected cardiac problems exist within any sizeable school population, and some school activities (especially athletics) may exacerbate these difficulties.
- Myopathies – an estimated 1 in every 300 - 500 children may suffer from an unusually thick heart muscle - an often undetected condition that can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden death.
- Long QT Syndrome is a lengthening of the time it takes the heart to recharge its electrical system following each heartbeat. Long QT may run in families and can result in cardiac arrest.
- Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome results in electrical signals reaching the heart prematurely. Rapid heart rhythm is the normal result, but in rare instances, cardiac arrest may occur.
- Commodio Cordis results from blunt impact to the chest during the re-polarization phase of the cardiac cycle. For example, a ball striking the chest of a healthy athlete.
- Even schools for young children have many adults present every day. Teachers, custodians, office staff, and volunteers are among those whose lives will be protected through placement of an AED.
- Schools provide a natural placement option for public access defibrillation (PAD) programs. While hospitals and other public buildings tend to be located in population centers, the more uniform distribution of schools puts life-saving technology nearer to those residents most at risk for long delays from EMS.
- Schools serve as central gathering points within the community. Whether it is parents attending a school concert or play or everyone in town attending a basketball or football game, it is hard to imagine an institution that more regularly attracts large numbers of people for extended periods of time.
- There is educational value in placing AEDs in schools. Primary level teachers can make their pupils aware of what they are and how they are used. Secondary teachers can integrate CPR and AED instruction into the curriculum. The more familiar children are with AEDs, the greater the likelihood that they will use them in the event of a cardiac emergency.
Helpful Resource Links
- 911 Magazine: http://www.9-1-1magazine.com/
- APCO: http://www.apco911.org/
- Dispatch Monthly Magazine: http://www.9-1-1magazine.com/
- Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA): www.fema.gov
- National Academies of Emergency Dispatch: http://www.emergencydispatch.org/
- NC 911 Board: http://www.nc911.nc.gov/
- NCAPCO: http://www.ncapco.org/
- NCNENA: http://www.ncnena.org/
- NENA: http://www.nena.org/
- North Carolina Emergency Management: www.nccrimecontrol.org
- North Carolina Office of EMS: www.ncems.org
- North Carolina Department of Insurance: www.ncdoi.com
- North Carolina International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc: www.nciaai.com
- North Carolina Forestry Service: www.dfr.state.nc.us
- North Carolina Association of Rescue & EMS: www.ncarems.org
- Priority Dispatch: http://www.prioritydispatch.net/