Representatives from various public agencies will address emergency preparation and response during a local emergency event at a public meeting at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 19, at Poway City Council Chambers. Presented by the Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps (PNEC), the meeting will focus on what residents need to know and do when there is wild fire or any other life threatening event in the Poway area.
The main purpose of the meeting is to encourage residents to plan their response to any emergency. “Everyone needs to make a family emergency plan, that includes ready to go emergency supplies, a checklist of sentimental items and anything else that will be needed if a household is destroyed,” according to Terri Sorensen, President of the PNEC. She said the importance of training and drills by each household is critical to determine time constraints and goals for a safe evacuation. “A few minutes may be all the time they have,” she said. “We saw that last year when 85 people died in the Paradise fire.”
The meeting will also cover how PNEC works with the City of Poway Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to staff Local Assistance Centers, temporary evacuation points or Point of Distribution sites. PNEC also activates Neighborhood Information Centers through trained representatives from different neighborhoods within Poway and also coordinates activities of ham radio operators during an emergency. This meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn what services and information will be available during an emergency and where to get them.