MENDOCINO Co., 6/11/20 — The Mendocino Council of Governments (MCOG) will hold a public virtual forum on three new wildfire safety plans for Mendocino County residents on June 22 at 10:00 a.m.
The plans will be presented by Category Five Professional Consultants, Inc (CFPC) and the MCOG, which is a joint powers authority whose purview includes planning regional transportation and distributing federal transportation grant funds. At the presentation, general tips on wildfire and emergency evacuation preparedness and safety will be shared.
Though the event will be hosted by MCOG, the announcement was made in a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Here is the press release in full:
DATE: “June 9, 2020”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Incident Number: Not Applicable. Public Outreach on Evacuation Planning Project
Location: Zoom Public Forum
Date of Incident: June 22, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Written By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney
Synopsis: Sheriff Matt Kendall and the Mendocino County Fire Chiefs Association President, Chief Sue Carberry, are pleased to announce the development of three new planning documents that will significantly improve the wildfire safety of Mendocino County residents. At the request of the County and funded with a Caltrans grant, the Mendocino Council of Governments hired Category Five Professional Consultants, Inc. (CFPC) to develop a Public Outreach Plan, a Fire Vulnerability Assessment, and a Wildfire Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Plan. At the onset of the project, a Technical Advisory Group was formed comprised of technical experts and community stakeholders including local fire chiefs, law enforcement, government and tribal representatives, and the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council. Planning that occurred is as follows:
Public Outreach Plan (POP)
The goal of this outreach initiative was to understand the community’s concerns regarding a wildfire threat and an emergency evacuation, increase the community’s awareness of the wildfire risk, encourage residents to take steps to protect themselves, their family and property, and improve their knowledge of evacuation planning. In November of 2019, CFPC conducted a widely advertised online survey to solicit public concern regarding the local fire threat and evacuation fears and to gain insight into the diverse needs of various communities and groups residing within the County.
Fire Vulnerability Assessment (FVA)
A Fire Vulnerability Assessment was developed for Mendocino County which identifies County areas and populations that are most vulnerable to wildfire and provides recommendations on how to best improve the County’s existing strategies and practices. The ultimate goal of the FVA is to prevent loss of life, minimize property damage caused by wildfires, and reduce recovery effort spending.
Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Plan
The Emergency Evacuation Preparedness Plan describes the strategies for managing evacuations which exceed the day-to-day capabilities of the various public safety agencies in Mendocino County. This plan has the ancillary benefit of being applicable to non-fire related threats as well. The planners developed 35 preparedness recommendations and an action plan that identifies the responsible agencies, funding sources and target completion dates. These completed plans bring Mendocino County significantly closer to reducing their wildfire risk to residents and property while also providing clear and concise guidelines for first responder agencies when an emergency evacuation is needed.
On Monday, June 22nd at 10 am, the public is invited to join a Zoom Public Forum where CFPC in conjunction with MCOG and local public safety officials will share the planning that has occurred, in addition to wildfire and emergency evacuation preparedness and safety tips. Please visit the Mendocino Council of Governments website, www.mendocinocog.org, for participation options, or use the following link with Password 924390:
Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney