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Aspinwall takes steps to prepare for emergencies

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The SwiftReach service, used by Aspinwall to alert residents of emergencies and community events, will be put to use if the borough ever needs to be evacuated.

A notice went out through the service last week asking people to contact the borough office so a database can be compiled if the borough needs to be evacuated due to a disaster.

Barb Leonard of the disaster relief team for the American Red Cross, said the information being collected includes if people will need oxygen, wheelchairs or other assistance.

When collecting information for the database, representatives will return calls on the borough phone in an effort to not alarm residents, especially senior citizens.

“I want them to see this is the borough of Aspinwall calling them back,” Leonard said.

Borough manager Melissa Lang said the goal is to be able to help as many people as possible if needed.

“We just want to be covered as many ways as we can,” Lang said.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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