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North Valley Municipal Advisory Council to explore emergency preparedness

North Valley Municipal Advisory Council to explore emergency preparedness

Meeting on new date to work on better strategies to meet fire, flood, earthquakes

By Jay Gamel

Wthe council up to date on county issues, policies, and efforts. She also fields questions and raises topics for future discussion.

demands on its once-abundant water from growing population and agricultural pursuits, in addition to its location at the crossroads of some of Northern California’s major ground faults.

The draft plan calls for the NVMAC to learn about existing community efforts in the county and region, identify community emergency response needs, help implement identified ways to improve emergency preparedness and response (EPR), and work on partnerships The council will also revise its bylaws to adopt a new name — North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NSVMAC) — to better identify the council’s area of concern. Once approved by the council members, the bylaws will have to be approved and adopted by the county Board of Supervisors. Other changes to the bylaws will include the geographical areas represented by the council’s two alternate members, Jed Cooper and Melissa Dowling, and will clarify the supervisor’s discretion to reappoint members.

The virtual meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID is 925 6447 2874 and the passcode is 512159, or you can call 669-900-9128 to participate by phone.

One of the principal reasons the NVMAC exists is to share information about Sonoma County’s First Supervisorial District with communities and groups in the unincorporated areas of Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and surrounding countryside. The group exists to both collect and disseminate information to the communities, to which end Supervisor Susan Gorin attends each meeting to bring ith an eye to attracting more citizen participation, the North Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NVMAC) will convene on April 21 this month, and on the third Thursday of each month going forward. This month’s topic is preparing for future emergencies, a subject topping many public agendas in the face of real and growing wildfire hazards, increasing drought risks to precarious fresh water supplies, and the ever-present risk of earthquakes.

Councilmembers Mark Newhouser, Daymon Doss, and Matt Dickey will review their four-page work plan looking at the many aspects of coping with fire, flood, and earthquake risks in the unique setting of Sonoma Valley, where residents must contend with dense, overgrown forests, a diminishing water supply, and very limited choices for evacuation routes. The area has been subject to two major wildfires in three years and heavy and public outreach at the same time.

The council will review and discuss the draft plan at the April 21 meeting.

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