Emergency Manager’s Report
“It is a great day to prepare for disaster in El Segundo!” this was the opening statement of Randal Collins, the city’s emergency management coordinator at the November 21st, city council meeting. Collins unveiled the strategic plan for developing a program of emergency management within the City of El Segundo. The plan covers goals and objectives that will be implemented over the next three years.
The plan has five main goals, they are:
- Develop an all-hazards incident management team (AHIMT) in order to manage incidents occurring within the city.
- Develop every city employee as a disaster service worker.
- Increase emergency management training for 1st Responders.
- Increase participation in the Community Emergency Response Team Program (CERT).
- Establish a critical Infrastructure Program.
- Institue a public preparedness awareness campaign.
Collins indicated that achieving these goals would put El Segundo on the path to comprehensive preparedness for the city. Several steps to achieving these goals have already been set in motion. This week, the city sent a small team of employees to the All Hazards Incident Management Teams Association Annual Conference in San Diego to indoctrinate themselves in AHIMTs. They even attended a session tailored to teaching the students how to develop an AHIMT within their jurisdiction. The city conducted a Fall CERT academy that had a record number of students in recent memory. A new class will be held January 17 – 20. The emergency management office has also pursued a homeland security grant to fund the establishment of needed software for the critical infrastructure program.
To be notified about Community Emergency Response Teams activities or to sign up for a training class, please go to: The CERT webpage.
To watch the 2 minute presentation, click on the following link and jump to timestamp: 17:40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-2K-GhViuI