Very Informative Unified Command Meeting Today!

Unified Command is a quarterly meeting, organized by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, which includes first responders and emergency managers in lnyo and Mono allied agencies, County and City of Bishop department leaders, volunteer organizations (fire departments, amateur radio, Red Cross), local Tribe leaders, Region 6 representatives (from San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office and San Diego Sheriff’s Office), as well as State representation by Cal OES, and Cal FIRE.

Today, recent (local) seismic activity was discussed by USGS, including the cluster of small earthquakes in the Mammoth area during the month of February.  The Department of Water and Power discussed current drought conditions.   As many of you know the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, acting on Governor Brown’s Proclamation of a State of Emergency regarding California’s drought, approved a Resolution Proclaiming a Local Drought Emergency.  Information for Inyo County’s drought impacted businesses and residents (including SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and USDA’s Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants) can be found at the Inyo County website: http://www.inyocounty.us/OES/Drought.pdf.

Also on the agenda was a reminder from Cal FIRE of the current fire danger – which has been exacerbated by California’s drought conditions.  For tips on fire safety, please check out http://www.calfire.ca.gov/.  “One less spark means one less wildfire.”

The meeting closed with a presentation by Bishop Amateur Radio Club (BARC).   BARC provides emergency communication “when everything else fails”.   The BARC group is also utilized during Inyo County’s disaster drills – we are lucky to have such a dedicated group of volunteers available to assist in disasters and emergencies!

-Sheriff Lutze