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Charles H Elliott
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Username: Cncaggies

Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 08:15 am:   

Last night my daughter and I were at Stonebriar Mall. Because we had been inside for a couple of hours, we were unaware of the approaching storm. Had I not received a phone call from my husband, we would not have known about the severity of the situation. To my knowledge, there was never an announcement from mall officials that we should take cover, and there was little clarity as to where "safe" places were located. Because most phones lost reception once we were in the back hallways, we relied upon one shopper who had a signal and good intentions but INCORRECTLY said the danger was over. Again, there was never an official announcement from the mall stating the warning had expired.

I realize that the mall is privately owned and doesn't fall under the same requirements that a school or public building would. However, since it is a public gathering place, are there any regulations at all as to how an emergency situation should be handled?

--Chantelle Elliott

Username: Paul_siebert

Post Number: 9
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 09:15 am:   

Ms. Elliott,
Your safety is our primary concern and we routinely work with our businesses in Frisco about safety related matters. We will follow up with Stonebriar Mall to provide any assistance we can offer.
While the City does require compliance with the applicable Fire Code standards, the actions a private facility takes during severe weather are not mandated by local or State law.
Our recommendations to citizens are to be informed about the potential for severe weather so they can prepare accordingly. Knowing that severe weather may occur helps reduce the element of surprise when outside, at home or traveling. Owning a weather radio for your home is one way to stay informed, while watching local media outlets can provide more current information and help determine the immediate need for shelter. Outdoor warning sirens are a last resort attempt to notify those who may be outside as severe weather impacts the Frisco area but are not designed to provide notification while inside a building or home.
If I can answer any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Paul Siebert
Assistant Chief
Frisco Fire Department

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