The location of our operation in Derby, CT has had quite a history. It was a cannon factory, then a munitions factory, and just previous to our residence, a dye and print factory of fabrics. There was a fire at the location in the mid 1980's that devastated the property. You can see the canal alongside the property from which previous occupants tapped it's kinetic energy for powering machinery. In recent years, it powered a turbine to generate electricity for McCallum Enterprises, who have a similar facility on the Shelton side of the Housatonic River.
Given that emergency personnel in Derby (ambulance and fire) are volunteers, it's important that they be aware of our operation's layout and the hazards to be aware of within. When responding, seconds can make quite a difference and rather than require someone to call up drawings and files and radio them to the responders, we thought - why not make it available to them via the internet?
We created the most simple of webpages: ida-intl.com/911.htm
This should be accessible from most smart phones or a laptop that has internet access. The page contains only text so it's easily readable, but contains:
- instruction on where utilities access the property
- emergency contacts of property owners
- basics on the construction materials and layout of the structures on the site
- chemicals that are typically stored and their location on the property