Civil Grand Jury releases reports, forecasts problems with Mendocino County’s emergency notification system and public services funding

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3 thoughts on “Civil Grand Jury releases reports, forecasts problems with Mendocino County’s emergency notification system and public services funding

  1. 1st lets look at the communications infrastucture

    One of the issues with remote microwave radio comm’s sites is that many need a regular supply of propane (or other fuel) because they are beyond the power grid electric lines.

    During the Russian River Floods of the 1990’s in Sonoma County, public safety comm’s repeater sites started to fail. The local Ham Radio Op’s stepped i n to help with communications.

    Fiber Optic cables burn up in wildfires

    Whether by fire or flood,if fuels can’t be delivered to these remote microwave sites, they “go dark” which means they cease to function. Same effect if the fiber optic burn up or at damaged by falling objects

    There are no traditional copper phone cables linking our towns, just the microwave repeaters, and this also applies to the public telephone system…

    2nd…Agency to Agency comms were often a muddled mess of MIS-communications during the recent wildfires. Specifically trying to round up busses to possibly evacuate Howard Hospital is a case in point…nobody knew who to call at Mendocino Transit or the school districts.

    Things like this happened up & down the communications chain of command for many agencies, as if there was nobody effectively in charge to coordinate “the big picture”

    Mendocino County is embarrassing unprepared to survive another devastating wild fire, WHICH WILL OCCUR AGAIN SOONER OR LATER…

  2. These Grand Jury reports – often quite critical – are routinely ignored or dismissed in the local halls of power. Official responses like “Disagree” don’t stimulate any positive change, or show much capacity for self-reflection.

  3. I totally agree with Izzy. There should be some way to enforce the findings of the Grand Jury, otherwise what’s the point of having them put in the time and the work to find these problems only to have them ignored or denied. The County Government should be ashamed of themselves.

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