This morning First Responders and Command Staff gathered from Inyo County, City of Bishop, fire and law enforcement, local allied agencies, Red Cross, hospitals, local tribes, and state and federal agencies for our quarterly Unified Command meeting. Unified Command brings these stakeholders together each quarter to discuss disaster management, and to share essential status updates within the respective organization/agency. Some of the presentations today included earthquake preparedness by USGS, firework safety proved by the Bishop Fire Chief, a fire season update provided by CalFIRE, and the Inyo/Mono Health Officer, Dr. Rick Johnson, provided a briefing.
USGS has a super informative publication called “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country”. The link for their webpage to download this pamphlet is: http://www.earthquakecountry.info/roots/index.html. This link also has a Spanish-language earthquake handbook available and a guide for business owners.
An overarching message that was shared both from the Fire Chief as well as CalFIRE is that fire season is a massive concern, with the drought exacerbating the already dry conditions. Everyone plays a role in fire safety. A great public resource, offered by California Wildfire Coordination Group (CWCG), is the new fire prevention website complete with an online campfire permit section. Remember, “One less spark is one less fire.” Check it out at: http://www.preventwildfireca.org/.
With the 4th of July approaching, please stay tuned for more information on fireworks safety – but in the meantime remember that “Safe and Sane” fireworks are the only fireworks that are legal in the State of California – and may only be used on your own private property, or with the permission of the private property owner.
Stay safe and stay informed!