Unified Command

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!

 

Every 15 Minutes Program

This afternoon Bishop Union High School students (along with the assistance from Inyo County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, Bishop Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and Symons Ambulance Services) participated in the Every 15 Minutes Program.  The program is tailored specifically to high school students (juniors and seniors), with an overarching goal of creating a very real-life enactment of the effects of drinking and driving.

This year the demonstration involved a two vehicle collision.  CHP conducted a DUI investigation on the suspect, while other agencies assisted with medical treatment on the victims and traffic control.  Two students were critically injured resulting in one being flown out by CHP helicopter and another pronounced dead at the scene. The performance was a sobering reminder that drinking and driving do not mix.  Great job to all involved!

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April 23rd is Denim Day!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; as part of that effort April 23rd has been set aside as Denim Day.  The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.  The Court infamously stated that, “It is common knowledge… that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them… and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” This judgment became an international symbol of myth based injustice for sexual assault victims, and prompted world-wide outcry.

Denim Day is an outward example of how a community can help change people’s perceptions about violence against women, men, and children.  Please consider joining local non-profit organizations, government organizations, and others in wearing denim on April 23, 2014.

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