25 Feb Health, Safety and Security
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION & LINKS TO IMPORTANT FILES
CURRENT NEWS: December 2023 Update on Major Traffic Safety Changes Underway at the Weathersfield and Village Way Entrances/Exits
WEATHERSFIELD INTERSECTION — NCDOT has notified us that work on the drainage, concrete islands, and sub asphalt work has been completed. The final top layer of asphalt, signage, and striping remains to be completed.
Our residents will notice that they can now turn again left from southbound 501 to enter Weathersfield and can only turn right to head northbound on 501 from Weathersfield.
The left lane entry from 501 is still rough because cold weather prevents placing the final layer until the weather improves. Please use CAUTION when you are in that lane.
The traffic control (cones) in the old left turn exit lane from Weathersfield will remain in place until the pavement is re-striped to accommodate allowing right turns only.
Warren Ort, 2023-2024 FHA Health Safety Security Director
BROAD OVERVIEW — Due to a significant increase in accidents involving vehicles exiting Weathersfield and attempting to turn south (left) across fast-moving traffic on 15/501, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has initiated a project to construct a barrier that will prevent cars from making this dangerous maneuver onto 15/501.
Northbound vehicles will retain the option to turn onto Weathersfield using the existing right-turn lane, while southbound 15/501 vehicles will have a new left-turn lane for access into Weathersfield.
For drivers exiting Weathersfield and heading south towards Pittsboro on 15/501, the safer and more efficient route will require turning right onto 15/501 and then using the dedicated left-turn lane at the Village Way traffic light intersection to proceed southbound.
In addition, NCDOT will implement slight modifications to the traffic light at the Village Way and 15/501 intersection to enhance the safety of southbound left turns into Village Way at that entrance.
These forthcoming modifications at both village entrances/exits are expected to significantly reduce both the frequency and severity of accidents at these locations.
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FHA HEALTH, SAFETY, & SECURITY (HSS) Mission & Links to Important Files
The HSS Mission: As stated in the Fearrington Homeowners Association (FHA) Articles of Incorporation, one of the important purposes of the FHA is to “provide for the health, safety and welfare” of the residents of Fearrington Village. As part of this important mission, and to be in compliance with the Articles, the FHA works hard to sustain a comprehensive resident-based Health, Safety, and Security Committee (HSS) to advise the Board of Directors on policies, programs, and services that will help to keep village residents healthy and safe. In addition to its communication with Fearrington residents, the HSS Committee maintains collaborative relationships with the Chatham County Emergency Management Division and 911, Emergency Medical Services (EMS/FirstHealth), the Chatham County North Chatham Fire Department, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
The FHA Health, Safety, & Security program consists of the following four components managed by Stephen Stewart, the current FHA Board member overseeing Health, Safety, & Security matters.
- Emergency Preparedness maintains and promotes vital information related to emergency preparedness and individual/community/and County level emergency response.
- Community Emergency Response Planning
- Community Watch Information seeks to ensure that neighbors in Fearrington look out for one another and their property. In addition to its communication with Fearrington organizations, the committee maintains collaborative relationships with the Swim & Croquet Board, Fitch Creations, and the Chatham County Sheriff Department.
- Road Safety seeks to increase safety on all streets and roads in Fearrington Village for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists. In order to carry out this mission, the FHA works to raise and maintain awareness of the NCDOT-mandated village-wide 25 MPH speed limit and stop signs. FHA also operates a radar speed monitoring system and receives information from citizens regarding threats to safety on streets, roads, and paths.
- COMMUNITY WATCH INFORMATION & Links to ImportanT Files
External contacts include regional hospital emergency rooms, urgent care centers, poison control center, animal control authority, reporting gas leaks/power outages, etc.
ON-GOING ALERT: BE AWARE — Door-to-Door Solicitation — Protect Yourself: A Health, Safety, and Security Committee & Community Watch Advisory
- Voluntary Emergency Information Registration (Fill in on-line version) Used to register the needs and capabilities of residents during emergency conditions. This information is a vital resource in case of an emergency.
- Voluntary Emergency Information Registration (Print and fill in by hand version) Used to register the needs and capabilities of residents during emergency conditions. This information is a vital resource in case of an emergency.
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Department officers continue to contribute much time, professional knowledge, and advice in all the planning and implementation of many facets of ensuring the health, safety, and security of our community. We deeply appreciate this excellent partnership. While rare, there have been several prior home burglaries (when leaving your home, you should lock your doors, close any open ground floor and garage windows and close/lock your garage doors). There have also been several incidents of items taken from unlocked vehicles in driveways (always lock vehicles when left outside and don’t leave valuables inside the vehicle), and several years ago prior incidents of vandalism at the Swim and Croquet Club. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Department does patrol our village, but Chatham County is very large..
Calling 911 is an important communications tool for emergencies. However, some citizens call 911 in non-emergency situations. This can cause the dispatch operator to miss a call of a person needing help. It is important to understand when to call and when not to call 911.
WHEN TO CALL 911
- Medical emergency (examples: chest pain, extreme shortness of breath, uncontrolled bleeding).
- Motor vehicle accident.
- When a life is in danger.
WHEN NOT TO CALL 911
- The power is off.
- Asking for directions to the hospital.
- Asking for telephone numbers of others.
- Requesting to speak with a particular officer.
- Inquiring as to the time and day.
- Inquiring about community activities and locations.
For more information about when to call and when not to call, please contact (919) 542-2811, the non-emergency number for our 911 service, and ask if someone can discuss the topic with you.
DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS CHECKLIST FOR EXTENDED DEPARTURES FROM FEARRINGTON.
ROAD SAFETY / STREETS & ROADS INFORMATION & Links to Important Files
If you wish to read the FHA’s entire unabridged (eleven-page) report on Roads and Road Safety Issues in Fearrington Village, CLICK HERE.
ELEVATING SAFETY: SPEED MONITORS ENHANCE SECURITY FOR DRIVERS, PEDESTRIANS, AND CYCLISTS IN FEARRINGTON VILLAGE
We have implemented two solar-powered speed monitoring devices to enhance driver awareness of their current speed and ensure a safe environment for everyone. Our objective is to promote adherence to the village-wide 25 mph speed limit set by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). These monitors are diligently maintained by Gene Rogers, a dedicated volunteer.
The more recent unit, installed in late April 2022, boasts advanced technology with a long-lasting solar battery. It promptly transmits data, including photographs of speeding vehicles, to an online traffic monitoring site. This platform analyzes the speed information of each passing vehicle and presents it in customizable, user-friendly formats for the committee and FHA board to share with the community.
We will be posting informative village speed and traffic data reports for each annual quarter. The reports for the 2023 1st and 2nd annual quarter are posted below. The 3rd quarterly report will also be posted here in September.
For a comprehensive understanding of how factors like vehicle speeds, pedestrian age, driver responses, and vehicle design contribute to pedestrian injuries caused by collisions, we recommend watching this informative video.
It’s crucial to note that at 20 mph, there is a 95% chance of surviving a collision with a car. However, at 30 mph, those odds drop to 55%, meaning there is an almost equal chance of survival. At speeds of 40 mph, the probability of survival is virtually non-existent at just 5%.
The important point to remember here is that whenever anyone’s safety, health or home appears to be in immediate danger, you should immediately call 911. If you should ever have trouble getting through on 911 because of phone problems, try calling 919-542-2811.
In the rare event of an emergency in Fearrington Village or the surrounding community we strongly advise residents to take the responsibility of being prepared so that they and their families can handle such emergencies in the best way possible. Download, print, and read this guide to help you be prepared and keep it on hand for use when power and the Internet are not available. Also check the other resources linked on this page.
The summer storm season has arrived in Fearrington Village! While we very rarely experience hurricanes here, we often experience strong storms and occasionally hurricane remnants. Power outages may result, lasting hours to days. It is time to prepare. Emergency preparation guidelines can be found on page 10 of the Fearrington Village Directory and Handbook or right here on the FHA website.
Your FHA has updated The Gathering Place to serve as a cooling station for those choosing to remain in their homes during these outages. The Gathering Place is powered by a generator. Multiple outlets will be provided for electronics charging; refrigeration is available for medicine storage; first aid kits are available for minor injuries; and energy bars are available. The Gathering Place is not an emergency shelter. If you choose to go to a shelter, these will be established by the NC Department of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross in locations outside of Fearrington Village. If you have questions, please contact the FHA Director of Health, Safety, & Security. The contact information is below, on the FHA website, and in the Directory.
— Director, Health, Safety, & Security, firstname.lastname@example.org