100,000 people. It was a magic number for Spartanburg’s office of Emergency Management that catapulted the agency to the top in the nation! It won the John D. Soloman Whole Community Preparedness Award. After Preparathon back in March – two staff members and many community partners, including WSPA TV, teamed together to get more people ready for disaster than ever before.
The Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management (SCOEM) wanted to test the county’s Emergency Notification System as part of the Spartanburg County’s PrepareAthon, and teamed up with Code Red to conduct a citywide drill. Code Red worked with SCOEM by sending out a tornado drill reminder to all residents and businesses leading up to the county’s National PrepareAthon! Day on March 11, 2015. SCOEM alerted residents by aggressively promoting the drill to local businesses, schools, government, residents and other stakeholders. SCOEM called more than 90,000 residents and businesses, sent emailed messages to nearly 2,000 stakeholders – which were forwarded to thousands more, reaching over 10,000 people via social media – and partnered with a local TV station for media coverage leading up to, and on, the day of action. The Spartanburg County’s PrepareAthon! event was the largest preparedness event in the county’s history, providing an opportunity for the county to conduct a drill that included businesses, schools, hospitals, and the general public for the first time.
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