If 72 seems arbitrary, know it’s not. According to Collier County Emergency Services, in a serious emergency, the rule of thumb is for people to be able to take care of themselves and each other for 72 hours. That means nine meals and whatever other supplies one anticipates needing for three days.
“Our primary website is www.collierem.org,” said Dan Summers, director of the Bureau of Emergency Services for Collier County. “Our new website, www.COLLIER72.org, will be more of a hub for accumulation of information”.
One goal of the site is to help residents and visitors keep in touch during emergency situations. Residents will also be able to access real-time traffic mapping, and Google crisis and incident information.
“San Francisco built a successful hub design for earthquake preparedness and we wanted to do something similar on a county level,” said Summers. COLLIER72 is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/collier72) and Twitter (@Collier72org).