About Anna Emergency Management
Outdoor / Severe Weather Warning Sirens
The City of Anna Outdoor Early Warning System consists of 4 outdoor warning sirens located throughout the City that are designed to inform residents who are outside of a possible emergency. The sirens may be activated individually or in small groups for a localized emergency or they all may be activated simultaneously for a city-wide emergency. The sirens are part of an emergency system designed to provide immediate and valuable information to citizens. The system is not designed to alert those who are within a home or other structure.
What to do
If you hear the sirens while you are outside, please go inside and seek shelter immediately and refer to a television or radio for further instructions. Please do not call 9-1-1 for severe weather information. Call 9-1-1 only to report life-threatening situations.
Responding to Severe Weather
Learning to prepare for and respond to severe weather is a reality for those living in North Texas. When severe weather happens, it is imperative that an action plan is in place and every resident has a clear understanding of the Outdoor Early Warning System.
In addition to the warning sirens, we offer an emergency alert service through a system called Hyper-Reach. Sign-up for Hyper-Reach.
Emergency Management procedures
The Fire Chief also serves as the City of Anna’s Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC). The city requires all employees to receive NIMS training since all city departments must work together in a time of emergency. Key personnel from each department train together at table-top emergency exercises and the fire department will continue to train city employees along with other stakeholders on Emergency Management procedures.
Mitigation refers to actions taken before an event occurs to prevent or lessen the impact the event has on life and property. Examples of mitigation include building codes, zoning ordinances, grant funding, and training.
Preparedness refers to activities, actions, procurements, planning, training, and inter-jurisdictional cooperation designed to increase response readiness to identified hazards the community faces.
The response is the mobilization of resources to meet the needs of the community in response to the nature of the disaster. Mobilization includes local, county, state, and federal resources as necessary. The response is usually associated with the period of time immediately after the event and is necessary to ensure life safety issues are handled. Examples include Fire and EMS services, search and rescue, debris removal, public works activities, and law enforcement.
Refers to long-term mobilization of support operations that work toward returning the community to its pre-event condition. This period is usually when social services and volunteer organizations tasked with relief effort gear up. The greater the magnitude of the disaster the greater the recovery effort