Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Spring Valley residents discuss emergency preparedness

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A Cal Fire helicopter prepares to land at the Aug. 25 Spring Valley emergency preparedness event. Photo by Jim Hershey.





SPRING VALLEY The county’s first “Islands of Humanity Emergency Preparedness Day,” held Aug. 25, was a success as Spring Valley residents turned out to be educated and entertained by county, state and national agencies.


The event, the first in the series for isolated communities around the lake, drew almost 100 families who actively participated in the process that focused on this community’s emergency issues.


Moderated by District 3 Supervisor Denise Rushing, a panel consisting of 10 agency representatives answered questions posed by the residents throughout a 90-minute meeting.


During and after the meeting, the residents took advantage of a rare opportunity to enjoy up close and personal contact with the equipment and personnel of the agencies present.


Children and adults alike enjoyed new experiences like sitting in a Cal Fire helicopter and taking a short but exciting fire engine ride.


Tours of the county’s Mobile Emergency Operations Center and Northshore Fire Protection District’s ambulance and engines allowed residents a close-up view of the services that exist to protect them.


Sponsored by the Lake County Office of Emergency Services (OES) and Supervisor Rushing, the supporting agencies included Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service, Northshore Fire Protection, the county Department of Health Services, American Red Cross, Special Districts, the state Department of Fish and Game, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and Animal Care and Control.


Yolo County Flood Control also participated due to the close relationship between it and the residents of Spring Valley.


Focused on the local community and the hazards that may affect it, emergency preparedness events provide an opportunity for residents to hear answers provided by experts.


From the agencies' point of view, the events provide them with an opportunity to prepare residents for future emergencies and to make sure that the public has a clear path to preparedness. The agencies also made it clear they welcome the opportunity to attract volunteers to help serve the community.


In planning for November, the next emergency preparedness event will take place in the community of Hidden Valley Lake.


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Officials from emergency response agencies throughout the county attended the meeting to talk about safety to Spring Valley residents. Pictured, right to left, are Loren Freeman, Department of Fish and Game; Pam Plank, American Red Cross; Tim O

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