Disaster Preparation Panel Recap

March 18, 2018 briancolbert 0 Comments

Image from FIRE Safe Marin.

On March 1, I attended the California League of Cities North Bay Division Panel Presentation, “Panel on Disaster Preparation: What Elected Officials Need to Know.” Panel participants were:

  • Belia Ramos, President, Napa County Board of Supervisors
  • Rob Giordano, Sonoma County Sheriff
  • Tony Gossner, Santa Rosa Fire Chief
  • Barry Biermann, CalFire & Napa County Fire Chief

A number of valuable lessons were discussed:

  • Understand your county and city policies for sending out emergency alerts
  • How to communicate with the public:
    • It is important to establish relationships ahead of time between fire and law enforcement, between city and county, etc.
    • Emergency operations center (EOC) information and intelligence sharing is critical.

I was moved by the professionalism and bravery of the first-responders on the panel. I  shared these learnings with Town Staff and S.A. Town Council.