City stays ready for emergencies
- Keith Mays
- Sherwood Gazette - Opinion
The world we live in demands that our local municipalities are prepared for a wide range of emergency responses. To make sure Sherwood is prepared, Council and I have put a high priority on our preparedness. We are working with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Washington County and our neighboring cities to make sure we are ready.
Many of you may have seen the new link on the City Web site, Preparing for Pandemic Influenza Information. This link will take you to Washington County, Federal Government or World Health Organization Web sites that provide information to citizens about what pandemic influenza is, answers questions about pandemic and other types of influenza, and explains how to prevent catching influenza and what to do when you do. It is a very informative link, please be sure and check it out when you have a minute.
In 2001 the City established its first Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Operations Guide and in 2004 received a grant to hire a contractor to update that Emergency Operations Guide. As a result of staff changes in the last year and the city's continuing process to be prepared, the City is once again updating the guide to ensure all the emergency management functions are covered.
Currently city staff is in the process of identifying the critical city functions so that staff can be cross trained in the event that not all staff members are available in an emergency. The city is also investigating the possibility of sharing critical functions with other local jurisdictions.
Over the next few months as Sherwood's entire emergency management is reviewed and adjustments made where necessary, expect to see more information in the newspaper, on the city Web site, and in your mail box about emergency management.
In the event of an emergency, you can check Sherwood's Web site at www.sherwood.ci.or.us, or turn on your television or radio to get emergency instructions.