GROUP FRUSTRATED BY CITIZENS' LACK OF INTEREST IN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Citizens for Emergency Preparedness met Wednesday to continue its efforts to prepare this community for disaster response.
At the meeting, chaired by Marti Arrell, members of the group agreed that emergency preparedness doesnt appear to be a high priority in the lives of most Brookings-Harbor residents.
Mike Murphy, county emergency services coordinator, said, Its amazing how little interest there is.
In fact, some citizens are working against them, members said.
Signs placed in the port area have been stolen, and, according to interim Brookings Police Chief Chris Wallace, the thief or thieves could face a $2,500 fine.
However, all members attending Wednesdays meeting agreed that anyone contemplating removing signs should be deterred more by the possibility of causing confusion, loss and injury than the fine.
Harbormaster Dan Thompson drew a map and illustrated where current signs are placed and where they have been removed. He and Murphy will make arrangements to replace the stolen signs and add signs at additional sites the group agreed need signage.
In spite of what appears to be community lukewarm interest in preparedness, the volunteer members and city and county authorities involved in the group are determined to do all that is possible to ensure the fewest possible casualties in the event of earthquake, fire, tsunami or other disaster.
Items on Wednesdays agenda included medical triage, obtaining warning sirens, encouraging student involvement, rural address signage, and preparing an emergency operation center for the county.
In addition, the group heard a report about participation in the Childrens Safety Fair March 31, in which they will have a table with a box for children to suggest names for the Tsunami logo, show a video, and provide childrens Disaster Preparedness booklets.
Brookings Fire Chief Bill Sharp reported that he will prepare a proclamation for Emergency Preparedness Month in April to be approved by the city council.