Assignment # 4 – Assess preparedness in your own community – WordPress site
a. Was it easy or difficult to find your community’s plan? It was very easy to find the plan only because I knew what I was looking for, however, for those that may not understand this it would probably be a little confusing. It took me a quick google search, but just to verify my information found I contacted the PIO for the Sheriff’s Office to confirm and he gave me the information and contact of the person at the Emergency Services Office. I contacted her to verify I had the correct information.
b. Describe one thing you think shows your community is well-prepared in case of a disaster.
I spoke to the Board of Water Resources and they are always monitoring water levels. They work with the Army Corp of Engineers to prepare for the water coming off the mountains as the snow pack begins to melt. Depending on spring temperatures, they will control the waterways and allow water to flow into channels for irrigation or to flow down river. This year the snow pack was not as much as last year. However, the area is currently above last year’s numbers. Current rate of Flow: 18,000 CFS past Shelly’s Gate. Henry’s Fork area is picking up and they are anticipating higher levels in this area, but they told me they are currently working to mitigate any potential flooding hazards.
2017 had a carry over of water storage, and the outlook for the upcoming season is good because we have a good amount of water reserves plus the new snow. This puts eastern Idaho at a comfortable level- no fear of drought or flooding issues at the moment. This is good news for farmers -which use the water for irrigation.
c. Describe one way you think an improvement could be made to your community’s plan. I believe there should be a series of videos in place for the public. The information is lengthy, but it’s not an easy read for the general public. People want to know the gist of the information and what to do.
d. Answer the following question: Do you feel better or worse about how well your community is prepared after reading it’s plan? I feel indifferent. I think there are areas that could use improvement. I also found that they cover some good areas, but I could not find detailed information on issues that could be considered moderate.