Westland Community Connect

Together, Building a Safer Community, Through Prevention, Preparedness & Response

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WHAT IS COMMUNITY CONNECT?

A Quick Message from
Mayor
Michael P.
Londeau

We are always looking for ways to better serve the citizens of the city of Westland. For this reason we are rolling out a new program to protect our residents and their property in the most effective way possible. Community Connect is a free, secure, and easy to use platform that allows you to share critical information about your household that will aid first responders and emergency response personnel when responding to your residence. By providing information about your household that you feel is important for us to know about at the time of an emergency, we can ensure you and everything you care about is protected to the best of our ability.

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Mayor
Londeau
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How does it work?

What kinds of information can I provide?

Any information you provide through Community Connect is completely voluntary and based on what you are comfortable sharing. We have made it easy for you to know what may be important by organizing your secure portal into buckets of information you can enter.

A house.

Your Property

Understanding critical information such as your residence type, whether or not you have fire sprinklers, or designated family meeting places, improves our ability to respond and make decisions during an emergency.

A family.

Your People

Let us know who is best to contact in case of an emergency. Your contacts can help us with everything from access, to how to deal with potential hazards or locate occupants. Getting in touch helps us better communicate at the time when it’s needed most.

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Your Needs

If you or members of your family have mobility or other types of functional needs that may require additional assistance, letting us know means we can plan accordingly and respond more quickly to those needs.

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Your Pets

Your pets are part of the family too. We want to make sure that we are able to evacuate pets and best handle them as best we can during an incident. Tell us about any type of pet at your residence – even take a photo so we can spot them easily!

What kinds of information can I provide?

Any information you provide through Community Connect is completely voluntary and based on what you are comfortable sharing. We have made it easy for you to know what may be important by organizing your secure portal into buckets of information you can enter.

A house.

Your Property

Understanding critical information such as your residence type, whether or not you have fire sprinklers, or designated family meeting places, improves our ability to respond and make decisions during an emergency.

A family.

Your People

Let us know who is best to contact in case of an emergency. Your contacts can help us with everything from access, to how to deal with potential hazards or locate occupants. Getting in touch helps us better communicate at the time when it’s needed most.

A man in a wheelchair.

Your Needs

If you or members of your family have mobility or other types of functional needs that may require additional assistance, letting us know means we can plan accordingly and respond more quickly to those needs.

A dog and a cat. They are friends.

Your Pets

Your pets are part of the family too. We want to make sure that we are able to evacuate pets and best handle them as best we can during an incident. Tell us about any type of pet at your residence – even take a photo so we can spot them easily!

Enable your business, school, age-care facility or other public location First Responders with critical information, valuable emergency plans and more - available at a moment's notice in the event of an incident. Stay aware with notifications from First Responders through text messages in the event they are ever dispatched to your property.

A house.

Your Plans

Upload images and documents outlining your plans in case of different types of emergencies. Let your First Responders know what procedures you, your staff, and your guests will be following in case of an emergency.

A family.

Your People

If you or people at your facility have mobility or other types of functional needs that may require additional assistance, letting us know means we can plan accordingly and respond more quickly and effectively.

A man in a wheelchair.

Your Property

Keep us aware of the most important access and utility details, your fire control systems, if there are hazardous materials on-site and other key pieces of critical building information.

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Your Contact Info

Enter your contact details - we'll send you a text message to inform you and/ or the members of your team in the event that we are ever called to your property during an emergency.

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Burn Permitting Policy

In addition to Community Connect enabling your First Responders to better protect your property and family’s well-being, you can also handle all Burn Permitting within the Community Connect portal. Access, manage, and seek approval for burns within the same account you use to manage your property and its occupants.

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Log-in or create a Community Connect Account

Sign-in or create an account with Community Connect to access the new COVID-19 related information panels.

Enter COVID Related Information

Enter valuable information that can help your First Responders keep track of COVID-19 and high-risk occupant related information.

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That's it!

Give yourself a pat on the back! You just did your part in helping First Responders be better prepared for this battle against COVID-19.

WHO should self-report?

Everyone should self-report. Even if you are asymptomatic or tested negative, it is important to let First Responders know your situation. If you are high-risk or have any access and functional needs, please also self-report so that emergency services can be better prepared to help during this crisis.

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Everyone

It is important for everyone to report regardless of age, health or suspicion of infection. Do your part and help your First Responders!

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High-Risk

People who are considered high-risk from an age and health perspective or have access and functional needs should report.

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COVID-19

Anyone who has tested positive, showing symptoms or has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive or has symptoms.

How secure is my data and how is it used?

Data that you provide Community Connect is secure and is used only for the purpose of better serving you during emergency situations. Your information is never used for any other purpose. All logins are password protected with bank level encryption and security. If you’re comfortable logging in to your online bank you’ll be comfortable logging in to Community Connect.

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Community Connect is

Safe & Secure

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Fire Chief Alexander

What is

Community Connect?

“Ocala Fire Rescue is always looking for ways to improve the services we provide to our communities. We are excited to announce that we are providing a new program that allows us to protect our residents lives and property in even more effective ways. The program is Community Connect. It is a free, secure, and easy way for our communities to provide critical information about their households to our first responders. By providing information about you or your residence that you feel is important for our emergency response personnel to know about in the unfortunate event that there is an emergency, we can ensure you and everything you care about can be better protected.”

How does it work?

1. Create an account

Sign in for free and get started doing your part. It just takes your email, phone number and address.

2. Enter the info that matters most

Enter valuable information that can help us assist more effectively during an emergency.

3. Help your Fire Department when seconds count

That’s it. Just keep us updated when things change overtime so we can always be prepared.

What kinds of information can I provide?

Any information you provide through Community Connect is completely voluntary and based on what you are comfortable sharing. We have made it easy for you to know what may be important by organizing your secure portal into buckets of information you can enter.

Our ability to make decisions improves when we know your residence type and if you have fire sprinklers or a family meeting place.
Communication is vital during an emergency. Identify an emergency contact who can provide information about access to your property and how to deal with hazards and locate occupants.
If you or your family members have mobility or other functional needs that require additional assistance, letting us know means we can plan accordingly and respond more quickly to those needs.
Your pets are part of the family. We want to ensure we can handle and evacuate pets during an incident. Enter details about your pet and upload a picture of your furry family member so we can identify them during an incident.
Keep us aware of the most important access and utility details, your fire control systems, if there are hazardous materials on-site and other key pieces of critical building information.
If you or people at your facility have mobility or other types of functional needs that may require additional assistance, letting us know means we can plan accordingly and respond more quickly and effectively.
Upload images and documents outlining your plans in case of different types of emergencies. Let your First Responders know what procedures you, your staff, and your guests will be following in case of an emergency.
Enter your contact details - we'll send you a text message to inform you and/ or the members of your team in the event that we are ever called to your property during an emergency.

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How does my local Fire & EMS Department use my information to better serve me?

Your information is crucial when we respond to an emergency. We can respond more effectively by accessing your valuable data to meet your needs and ensure your safety.

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Information at the time of response

When responding to emergency incidents, the dire & EMS department utilizes the information you provide in Community Connect to better serve you. This valuable information allows us to understand your situation better and provide more targeted assistance.

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Communication Following Dispatch to your property

The fire & EMS department will promptly notify you via email or text if an incident is reported at your address. Stay informed and receive essential updates regarding the incident response and any necessary actions that may be required.

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Emergency Alert System

Stay connected and well-informed through our emergency alert service. These notifications enable the department to reach the entire community, informing residents about emergency evacuations, severe weather alerts, and other critical updates that may impact your safety. Receive the information you need to stay prepared and protected.

How secure is my data and how is it used?

Community Connect is Safe & Secure
The data you provide Community Connect is secure and only used to serve you during emergencies better. Your information is never used for any other purpose. All logins are password protected with bank-level encryption and security. If you're comfortable logging in to your online bank, you'll be comfortable logging in to Community Connect.
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Frequently Ask Questions

Why does Community Connect use a .io Website Domian?

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In the tech and software development world, I/O means input/output, so .io is relevant to any company who's mission includes bringing technology to end-users. For this reason, .io domains are also more familiar than other non-.com top level web addresses.Although first designed for British Overseas possessions in the Indian Ocean, .io has come to symbolize the perfect TLD for new projects emerging in the United States and Canada such as Community Connect.

What is First Due / Community Connect?

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First Due is a leading software partner to some of North America's largest Emergency Service organizations. We're passionate about ensuring public safety agencies can take a giant leap forward in how information is used to plan for incidents, increase survivability, and derisk communities. By delivering a platform for collaboration and sharing, we are bridging the deadly information gap end-to-end, always keeping in mind the way First Responders and Emergency Managers work today.

It appears someone already created a Community Connect account for my address, what should I do?

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Community Connect limits one profile to each specific Address. This still allows each unit to have an account at apartment buildings or condo complexes. If residents receive an error message that there is already a Community Connect account for this address, take the following steps.

  1. Ask your family, roommates, or co-habitants if they've already created a profile.
  2. If none of your co-habitants appear to have created the Community Connect profile, please reach out to team@communityconnect.io and we will work with you to resolve the situation.

How can I help spread the word and get more people in my Community Signed up?

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Reach out to your local Public Safety agency and discuss how you can help spread the word and how you can get involved in helping to protect your loved ones and neighbors through the program.

Can I make a Community Connect profile for a loved one who cannot do it themselves?

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Community Connect is designed to be fully accessible and can be configured on any internet-connected device. In the event that you do need to create a Community Connect profile for someone who cannot do so themselves,  there are options that may be available:

  1. Create a Community Connect account using their email and physical address for them.
  2. Contact your Community Connect administrator with the local fire department to create an account for your loved one.

I have a home and I'm a business owner. How can I make a Community Connect profile for both?

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Each Community Connect profile is tied to both a specific address and a specific email address. Please use your personal email for your residential Community Connect profile and a work email to create your business Community Connect profile.

What happens if I move?

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Community Connect provides you with the ability to edit your address.  Community Connect will also automatically send you periodic emails to encourage you to update your profile or account for any changes, including a change in an address or household members.

Community Connect is secured by "bank-level encryption". What does that mean?

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Community Connect is secured by "bank-level encryption". This means we are using 256-bit encryption that is only available to first Responders logged into the same application that they use to view calls being received from dispatch and inspection data of properties in your community.

Who has access to the information that I provide?

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Your emergency services agency that hosts the Community Connect program will securely be able to access your Community Connect data. Data stored in Community Connect is only accessed during an emergency at your address or a large scale disaster.