This past week’s emergency evacuation of communities below California’s Oroville Dam demonstrates the value of pro-active actions.
- Anticipate the downside of a water project and prepare a response BEFORE the event.
- Plan the logistics, materials, manpower, equipment and technical knowledge that provide the “boots on the ground” response BEFORE the event.
- Implement a turn-key program that has the flexibility to adjust to changing conditions BEFORE the event.
- Build a communication network with the local, regional, state and nation response groups and the public BEFORE the event.
- Invest in the future by financing renovation of our oldest, weakened infrastructure, monitor our resources and infrastructure and use the data to prioritize and advance the path of response BEFORE the event.
- Promote an early message of “working together” with stakeholders and the public BEFORE the event.
California has done well. The response continues but thanks are in order. Thank youto numerous County OES departments in northern California and the California Operations of Emergency Services, the California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Corp of Engineers, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Air Force, the National Guard, Red Cross, Salvation Army, churches of all denominations, to name a few. And a special thanks to the many caring volunteers that offered and participated in relieving the difficulties felt by citizens evacuated away from towns and cities down gradient from Oroville Dam.
As repairs continue, let us hope the rains in our near future will be lighter and distributed across drier parts of the state.