Scottsdale, AZ 85255 - (480) 312-8800
Emergency Management Division
John D. Moede, Emergency Management Coordinator
The first line of defense for response to any emergency situation is personal preparedness. Personal preparedness begins at home, and includes our families. The level of self- preparedness by COS residents directly impacts the overall mission of the COS when emergencies occur. Residents who take the time to prepare their families will feel more confident in their ability to help their neighbors. Preparedness also includes “training” of family members in skills such as when and how to shut off the gas, power, and water. Children can, and should, be included in this training. For example we teach teenagers how to change a flat tire but we don’t train them in how to use a fire extinguisher.
“Training” family members in how to think in an emergency can go miles toward saving your loved ones, or at least decreasing some of the stress related to these events. Most emergencies at home always seem to occur just after you have arrived at work. It often takes some time to return home due to distance or traffic. In that time period, someone at home could take steps to prevent a small problem from becoming a big problem. A small amount of extra food, water, medication, and pet food can go a long way to keep families away from the panic mentality.
“Training” also involves developing plans and practicing what to do if certain situations occur. For example what to take if the family was told to evacuate in the next 15 minutes or how to evacuate the home if there was a fire. In today’s technological dependency, how does a family communicate if cell phones are unable to be used? What instructions should children and /or family members have in case something goes wrong? Where should they meet their parents or other family members? Where is your nearest pay phone (do they even exist anymore?) and how much does it cost to call someone out of the area?
The City of Scottsdale has placed considerable resources relating to the health and well-being of its residents, however it is unrealistic of residents to assume the City can take care of everyone’s needs in the event of an emergency.
Emergencies can be very frightening experiences and many times are followed by the question, “what do I do now?” Personal and family preparedness can reduce some of that fear and minimize the impact of the event. Preparedness begins at home, and involves a little education and planning, training, and practicing. It does not require a lot of money or time and with a little ingenuity it can be fun. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Is your family ready?
Here are some resources that can help start or improve family preparedness:
Self Defense Against Disasters by Ed Copp (ISMN: 1-449-57850-0) available through Amazon at:
Document Shredding and Drug Collection Event– Saturday, October 8th 2011 from 8:00 a.m.– 11:00 am in the McKellips District parking lot located at 7601 E. McKellips Rd. Donations will be collected to benefit Family Promise a local transitional housing facility. Please contact Officer Jen Wattier at 480-312-0275 for more information. Click here for flier.
Electronic Recycling Day – Saturday, October 8th 2011 from 7:30am – 2 pm at the City Corporation Yard located at 9191 E. San Salvador. For additional information on the items collected, please go to http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/recycle/recyclingelectronics or call (480) 312-5600.
The FBI's Child ID App Putting
You're shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?
Now there's a free new tool from the FBI that can help. Our just launched Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.
The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
We encourage you to share the word about this app with family and friends, especially during upcoming activities in your communities to raise awareness on crime and drug prevention. For its part, the FBI is working to publicize the app with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)—its long-time partner in the National Child Identification Program, which provides a physical kit to gather your child’s pictures, fingerprints, personal characteristics, and even DNA to keep with you in case of emergency. The AFCA is producing a public service announcement about the app and will spread the word at various football games during the upcoming season.
Right now, the Child ID app is only available for use on iPhones and can only be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes, but we plan to expand this tool to other types of mobile devices in the near future. And we’ll be adding new features—including the ability to upload other photos stored on your smart phone—in the coming weeks and months.
The FBI's new Child ID app can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes.
Podcast: About the Child ID App
From the Desk of
“After 25 years of dedicated service to The City of Scottsdale, Commander Bill Wilton is retiring from the Police Department in order to begin the next chapter in his life. Commander Wilton served as the District 4 Commander for the past six years building tremendous collaborative partnerships throughout the District to keep our community safe and secure. It is a privilege for me to follow in Commander Wilton’s footsteps and assume command of District 4. On behalf of all of the personnel of the District, we wish Commander Wilton all the best in his journey beyond law enforcement and thank him for his many years of service. As we move forward, I look forward to meeting and getting to know as many of the members of our community as possible and continuing the many great programs and initiatives started under Commander Wilton. I would invite any District 4 community member to contact me directly and let me know what we can do to better serve you, your neighborhood, or your business. I am YOUR Police District Commander and stand ready with all of the fine men and women of the District to work in partnership with each of you to make our community the best it can be”.
How to Communicate During Disasters
When disaster strikes, you want to be able to communicate by both receiving and distributing information to others. You may need to call 9-1-1 for assistance, locate friends or family, or let loved ones know that you are okay. During disasters, communications networks could be damaged, lose power, or become congested.
Nearly one month ago, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake and Hurricane Irene struck the East Coast. In the minutes and hours that followed, mobile networks experienced significant network congestion, temporarily making it harder for millions of people to reach loved ones and emergency services. This tip sheet aims to help prepare Americans about how to communicate with each other, and loved ones, in the event of another disaster.
This fact sheet provides two important sets of tips. The first will help you prepare your home and mobile devices for a disaster. The second may help you communicate more effectively during and immediately after a disaster.
Before a Disaster: How to Prepare Your Home and Mobile Device
During and After a Disaster: How to Reach Friends, Loved Ones & Emergency Services
If you have a life-threatening emergency,
Check www.ready.gov regularly to find other helpful tips for preparing for disasters and other emergencies.
Public Safety Community Contact Numbers
For more information on crime prevention or additional opportunities to get involved in YOUR community contact Crime Prevention Officer Jason Glenn at 480-312-8802, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or District 4 Police Aide Shannon Ziemba at 480-312-8801, email: email@example.com.