In case you’re not aware, September is Emergency Preparedness Month. This was started in 2004 by FEMA in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While every month is a good month to be prepared for an emergency, it is a good idea to set aside time each year to go over your home emergency kits and restock outdated items. If you don’t have a home emergency kit, I can’t stress enough the importance of doing this. There are so many places and ways to get lists of what you should have in an emergency kit that it’s impossible to list them all here. Just type in “Emergency Home Kits” in your web browser and see what you find. The search I did resulted in 37,900,000 results, but everything I could want was on the first page. Build your own, buy one already custom built for your family, do whatever fits your budget, but please do this one simple thing that could mean so much during a natural disaster.
As for the City, we have taken steps in the last two years to get ourselves better prepared. All city employees were required to take FEMA courses on the Incident Command System and the National Incident Management System in order to know what their roles would be during an emergency. They stand ready to assist as needed if an emergency situation were to happen in Yamhill. The City also purchased several hundred water purification packets that can be handed out if our drinking water supply is disrupted. Each packet will purify 2.5 gallons of water for drinking. We will continue to buy these packets yearly because even when they expire for drinking water, they are able to purify water well enough for cleaning dishes and so forth.
Soon, you may notice an antenna going up on the City Hall/Community Center roof. This antenna will be for amateur radio communications to other parts of the county. As the saying goes in emergency radio communications…”When all else fails”. If you didn’t know, I actually have an amateur (Ham) radio license and am currently the Emergency Coordinator for the Yamhill County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group. The antenna that we will be putting up is one that was purchased by ARES through a grant for the county. We purchased an antenna for each of the 10 cities in Yamhill County to aid in radio communications during emergencies.
So, please take the time to look at your level of preparedness for any number of natural disasters that can happen where we live. If you feel you need more information, there is a Preparedness Fair happening on September 29th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at Duniway Middle School in McMinnville. I’ll be there doing my “radio geek” impression – stop by and say hello and I’ll let you talk on the radio!
‘Til next month,
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Budget Committee Worksession Meeting - April 3, 2017 @ 6:30 Pm
The next Council Meeting is at Yamhill City Hall, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Starts at 7:00 pm
Planning Commission Meeting/Public Hearing is at Yamhill City Hall, Tuesday , May 2, 2017 starts at 7:00pm.