Safety Committee

  •  Meets:  2nd Friday of each month at 8:30 AM at Tammy's Place - 239 Hwy 158 - Littleton, NC 27850.
  •  Email:  Safety@lakegastonassoc.com
  •  Chair:  Jack Saunders  -  (252) 578-5780

 

Committee Mission Statement / Function

Mission...
 

Networks with emergency services, law enforcement and other organizations on land and water safety issues.

 

Primary Function...
 

We are working to achieve or improve: increased law enforcement, boating safety, emergency medical service, fire protection, buoy maintenance, and Neighborhood Watch programs.

 

 

Current Projects

Five County Report...
 

The Lake Gaston Association has released a report of its comprehensive five-county EMS/E-911 review conducted by the Public Safety Committee throughout last year. Since it is a 16-page report, the following is provided as a quick summary of “what you should know.”

  • While each county’s EMS and E-911 organizations are performing adequately in their counties, enhancements are possible that would benefit the citizens.
  • Average response times among the five counties vary as follows: (Warren – 21; Halifax for Warren (WCRS) – 10; Brunswick – 10; Halifax – 8; Northampton – 8; Mecklenburg – 6).
  • That portion of Warren County adjacent to Lake Gaston (approximately ¼ of the county) is serviced by Warren County Rescue Squad (WCRS) under contract to Halifax EMS and paid annually by Warren County on a call volume basis.
  • In Brunswick County, each agency is responsible for itself and no county employee formally oversees EMS.

Volunteers are always needed to become responders; however there are other duties that can be accomplished by non-technical volunteers such as administrative support. You can help.

 

The full report was forwarded to the Chairs of each of the five-county Boards of Commissioners/Supervisors in early February. To read the cover letter/executive summary click here. The report will also be a topic of discussion with county officials at the LGA’s upcoming Five-County Forum on March 15. The Forum will be held at the Lake Gaston Lions Club Den from 9 a.m. to noon. The Forum is open to the public. To read the full EMS/E-911 Review report, click here.

 

For more information regarding current projects or committee meetings, please contact the Safety Committee using the email address above.

 

 

Emergency 911 Service Information Lake Gaston

For all emergencies in any location in the five counties surrounding Lake Gaston, dial 911. All 911 calls are responded to by county emergency 911 services which will ask for the nature of the emergency, a contact name, street address, and call back number. If using a cellular phone, callers must ensure the 911 service is told an accurate address to respond to since exact location is not determined by cell towers in most cases. It is important that the caller remain on the line until the 911 operator acknowledges that all necessary information has been recorded.

 

In most instance, reverse 911 or Code Red, services are available by registering with the county Emergency Services Department on-line, which signs individuals up for notification of severe weather or county declarations of school closings.

 

Public Safety News

In order to ensure that members have the opportunity to be informed of emergency situations at their lake property please take select the appropriate county below to review emergency information:

 

The information available from the county emergency services offices is local to the county and areas of the affected county. It is also potentially the timeliest source of information tied to a specific address. As a for instance, the counties all receive up to date, accurate weather information from the National Weather Service and the state governments. Dominion Power has the counties’ emergency services offices in its notification tree. The Lake Gaston Association will still provide high water warnings and other critical information, but our communication is not as timely as that available through these official emergency services sources.

 

Be prepared and stay safe this winter...
 

Any member interested in sharing their thoughts on our education program and using their experience and knowledge to support the Education Committee is welcome. Being active with local students is a great way to provide an important service to our community.

 

The message is that your residence and/or subdivision before incidents makes you part of the solution. Many of the homes equipped with video equipment were not entered but skipped after capturing visual evidence. Like the old scout motto, "Be Prepared"

 

We had a big snow already and that should remind people to get in front of the next weather event. Buy the water, paper provisions, salt and canned food now, while they are in stock at the store. Most will be good until the next storm watch even for wind events. Make sure you have ways to contact family, emergency services and that you can be contacted.

 

In March with return of Daylight Savings Time, take the time to check/replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It could save your life and property.

 

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein just recently put out an alert regarding callers claiming to be with the Social Security administration (even have the number displayed) telling those they call there is a problem with their benefits and ask for the new Social Security number and other data. They will not call you.

 

Clever scammers will mention something they have learned about you or a family member. It is still a scam. Social Security, the IRS, the FBI and VA offices will not call you and ask for information. Do not say yes (could be recorded as an assent) and do not give out personal information.