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“I’M FROM THE GOVERNMENT, & I’M HERE TO HELP”

9/28/23, 1:52 PM

“I’M FROM THE GOVERNMENT, & I’M HERE  TO HELP”

Next Wednesday, October 4, 2023, the feds will be conducting a nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Test.

According to FEMA’s Press Release, the Test will be a coordinated effort between FEMA, FCC, EAS participants, wireless providers, emergency managers and other stakeholders in preparation for this national test to minimize confusion and to maximize the public safety value of the test.

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EMERGENCY MANAGERS

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Ranch Matters contacted Jefferson County Sheriff Jason Pollock regarding next week’s planned test.

The Sheriff’s Office has an Emergency Manager and we asked Pollock if his Office will be involved as part of the public safety planning aspects.

In an email response, Sheriff Pollock stated: “I have not received anything from FEMA and or FCC regarding this alert systems test. Without specific information it is hard to know how to be involved in the test.”

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Additionally, we asked Pollock if his Office has a crisis management plan involving Crooked River Ranch (CRR) specifically.

 

Pollock: “As for crisis planning, we will always do the best we can for all of Jefferson County no matter where it is. The biggest threat to CRR is fire. I think CRR fire, and EM have done a good job preparing for those crisis.

 

When it comes to fire, I think it is important to know although we will be involved in evacuation, we can never really make people leave their residence. If people choose to stay they take their lives in their own hands…”

“Relying on others to come save you is not always a great plan.”

“As a long-time resident of this county, I know we are fortunate about where we live, however, we are not exempt from catastrophic events. Most people have connection to knowing some of the crisis events that have happened in this country.

 

Knowing what we as a country have faced and how to prepare for that is important.”

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Sheriff Pollock signed off with a quote from President Ronald Regan:

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

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RANCH MATTERS STAFF

JOHN STEVENS & DAVE STANGLAND

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