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Meeting Notes-9/20/16

posted Sep 27, 2016, 9:42 AM by Sara Erickson
Attendees: Frank, Deidre, Emily, Sara, Aaron, Brian, Jenny

Observing was Alex Zerio-CU graduate student in Civil Systems and Disaster Relief and Recovery. Alex is completing research methods coursework. He learned about LP through the town website. He is interested in assisting LP on a project.

Pamphlets-Aaron reported that LP pamphlets can be put on tables at Town Hall and the library. The town will pay for printing of color flyers for display

LP and Fire District Joint November Exercise-Emily reported on exercise which will take place on November 5, 2016 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Focus will be on Spring Gulch, Lyons Park Estates and North of Main. Frank, Sara, Brian , Tosh, Deidre and Aaron are planning to participate. Alex will participate as an observer/judge. Jenny is unable to attend, but will review plan with Emily

Radios-Emily reported that 4 new radios have been purchased and donated by Larimer County. 3 will be distributed to Keith (Stone Canyon), Deirdre and Brian. Jamie Freel of Longmont Dam Rd. may program his radio to our frequency.

Wildfire at Brian's property-Brian gave a report on the fire that occurred yesterday. Some of his lessons learned were:

-911 first (before MURS radios)

-If emergency allows, caller should give additional route details e.g. major landmarks, intersections

-caller should identify if they are calling their own emergency or one that is close by

-there are known dispatch issues in mountain areas (e.g. areas that are in Larimer County, but Lyons Fire District is actually closer)

-keep a corded phone or land line

-If safety is an issue, determine if Larimer or Boulder County will respond

-Residents in Brian's area did not know that Larimer was considering a pre-evacuation alert. Communication with residents needs to improve

-LETA calls were made

-Reporting outage to Poudre Valley power needs improvement (especially in an emergency)

ACTION ITEM: Frank will devise a checklist/script for callers to use in an emergency

-Communicate with neighbors by texting; take a communication devise with you when you leave the house

-Brian will speak to his road association regarding LP

-review process for preferred staging areas for evacuations, getting information (Emily will discuss with Fire District)

Larimer Connects: Jane Lopez has been hired as coordinator
Purchase of More Radios: Newer radios are improved (have a screen), more expensive. Tax Credit is available to those who purchase.

New Chairperson: Joycelyn Fankhouser will serve as the new Chair. Emily will remain as a board member.

ACTION ITEM: Sara will research grants available through Longmont Community Foundation

NEXT MEETING: 10/18/16 at 6:30 p.m. Emily will be unable to attend.