What’s The Plan? Find Out This Wednesday!
Terms like “Pre-Disaster Mitigation” and “Emergency Preparedness” used to be words thrown around in a conference room during a emergency responders meeting. You know, speaking the lingo.
Not so today. As the nightly news broadcasts one unfortunate event after another, reporting about people displaced from their homes, or even worse, tragically losing their homes, these terms are now part of our everyday conversation.
So why not join the conversation and plan to attend the review of findings from a 20-month process of developing a FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Plan for Lake County. This Wednesday, June 26 Emergency Manager Mike McHargue will review the plan at Colorado Mountain College, Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center, Room 401/ KW room at 6:30 p.m.
In short, it’s an over view of what the greatest risks are to Lake County. Wildfire? Severe Winter Storm? Locust Infestation? The discussion will also include what the plan is to address these potential disasters.Back in February 2012, LCOEM’s Mike McHargue met with the residents of Twin Lakes to review emergency preparedness, procedures and concerns.
The Lake County Office of Emergency Management has dedicated a lot of time and resources in compiling the information over the past 20 months. So, before you find yourself in the middle of an evacuation or wondering where you’re supposed to find information about a possible threat, it’d be worth your time to attend. And as one reporter after another has relayed during updates about recent wildfires around the state, those communities which have a plan in place to reduce the risk of hazards or to implement a Disaster Mitigation plan, are the ones who seem to come out successful, especially when it comes to the health and safety of people.
McHargue’s presentation will profile each hazard and outline historical hazard events while analyzing the potential impacts to the people, property, infrastructure and critical facilities in Lake County as well as specific mitigation projects designed to lessen the impact of disasters.
Of course, the final step is a public review and comment period, before the City of Leadville and Lake County elected officials adoption of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation plan.
If you can’t make the June 26 event, you can view the plan on line by clicking HERE. Or paper copies of the plan are available at the Leadville City Hall, Lake County Courthouse, and the Lake County Public Library.