Emergency Preparedness http://kut.org en Austin 911 System Back Up After Disruption (Update) http://kut.org/post/austin-911-system-back-after-disruption-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>The City of Austin is looking into what caused its 911 system to stop working yesterday.</p><p>The system is running as normal today.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(Dec. 16, 6:14 p.m.): Austin's 911 emergency call functions were disrupted Monday afternoon, leading to some longer wait times for callers.</p><p>The city activated its Emergency Operations Center to manage the outage. The Austin Police Department put more officers on the streets to increase visibility and accessibility.</p><p>Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the city has been getting help from agencies in surrounding communities. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:57:56 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9383 at http://kut.org Austin 911 System Back Up After Disruption (Update) It’s National Preparedness Month: Here Are 4 Ways to Be Ready for Emergencies http://kut.org/post/it-s-national-preparedness-month-here-are-4-ways-be-ready-emergencies <p></p><p>According to a survey from Austin’s <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/homeland-security-and-emergency-management">Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management</a>, less than 10 percent of Austinites are ready for an emergency or natural disaster.&nbsp;</p><p>“People just don’t think anything’s going to happen here,” explains spokesperson Candice Wade Cooper.&nbsp; “Even though Austin may not be prone to sudden emergencies like earthquakes or tsunamis, there are all kinds of things that can catch you off guard – flooding, fires, burglary.&nbsp;It’s important to be prepared.”</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:42:16 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 8715 at http://kut.org It’s National Preparedness Month: Here Are 4 Ways to Be Ready for Emergencies Safety First: City Unveils Public Safety Plans for F1 Weekend http://kut.org/post/safety-first-city-unveils-public-safety-plans-f1-weekend <p>The City of Austin says it’s prepared to handle any and all public safety issues that may arise during the <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-grand-prix" target="_blank">upcoming F1&nbsp;weekend</a>&nbsp;10 days from now.</p><p>“I’m smiling because I’m ready,” said <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/police" target="_blank">Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo</a>. “We’ll absolutely have a tremendously positive impact in terms of public safety and in terms of the enjoyment of our residents and our visitors.”</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 01:29:12 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5575 at http://kut.org Safety First: City Unveils Public Safety Plans for F1 Weekend What if a Terrorist Attack Happened in Austin? City Officials Plan Response http://kut.org/post/what-if-terrorist-attack-happened-austin-city-officials-plan-response <p>Here&#39;s one heck of a lunch topic: Responding to a terrorist attack in downtown Austin during South by Southwest.</p><p>That was one of the noontime subjects city officials considered yesterday, in a workshop discussing their role in case of catastrophe &ndash; such as terrorism, an infrastructure collapse or a natural disaster.</p><p>Attendees, including the members of the Austin City Council, considered a range of worst-case scenarios. One was that SXSW attack: &ldquo;It is a beautiful morning in Austin &ndash; bustling, with SXSW in full swing,&rdquo; a planning scenario posited. &ldquo;Without warning a large explosion rocks downtown Austin &hellip; Confirmed fatalities &ndash; 83; Injuries &ndash; 200+ (some key officials and staff are known to be among them.)&rdquo;</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:03:42 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Wells Dunbar 4501 at http://kut.org What if a Terrorist Attack Happened in Austin? City Officials Plan Response