- Emergency Preparedness
Emergency calls for fire and/or emergency medical service should be made by dialing 911. Once the call is made provide the location of the incident and follow the emergency operator's instructions. If you have a fire in your home or other building, leave immediately and use your cell phone or a neighbor's phone to call 9-1-1. Provide the location of the fire and follow the emergency operator's instructions.
For emergency medical incidents, please don't move those who are hurt unless they are in danger. Keep them warm and comfortable and follow the emergency operator's instructions. If possible, make it easy for the emergency personnel to find you. Mark your location with a bright cloth or lights. Send someone to meet the vehicle in front of your house, building, car, etc. Questions about what to do in an emergency or other inquiries should be directed to the Fire Department Administration at 330-666-6464.
Emergency vehicles, as well as utility trucks, postal and delivery trucks, have difficulty locating a business or home address when the numbers have faded, are not large enough, or simply are not posted in a place easy to see from the road. Numbers should be four inches tall, visible from the road, and reflective for nighttime visibility.
Home Safety Planning
Every residence should have a plan in case of a fire in your home. All members of your family should be aware of and have practiced your emergency plan. Have a family meeting and decide on a place where all of you can meet should you become separated during an emergency. Make arrangements with an out-of-town friend or relative whom all members can call to leave messages. Should you like assistance with preparing a safety plan, please call the Fire Department Administrative Assistant, Keely Meissner at 330-666-6464 to schedule a fire safety survey of your home.
The Copley Fire Department, in conjunction with the Northeast Ohio American Red Cross, supports the installation of photoelectric smoke detectors on every level of your home, and inside and outside of each bedroom or sleeping area. Ohio has become the fifth state to require photoelectric smoke alarms in new homes. In the state's first official acknowledgment Photo-electric are the most reliable type of smoke alarm to have to protect you while you sleep. Ionization detectors have proven to be problematic and may not alarm properly. You may contact The Northeast Ohio American Red Cross at 330-535-2030. They will provide and install free smoke detectors in your home.
Storms, hazardous material spills, and other emergencies can confine families to their homes for days. A little advance planning can minimize the effects of such a disaster. There are actually six basics you should stock in your home: water, food, first-aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and other special items. Within each group are several items you will want to store. A complete list of these items appears in the American Red Cross brochure, "Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit," available at the Fire Department Administrative offices. View the Federal Government's website on preparedness.