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“TRANSPARENCY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT”
THIS WEEK: Emergency Preparedness

“TRANSPARENCY IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT”
Emergency Preparedness

Are you, your family, your employer and co-workers prepared for the next natural or man-made disaster? Don’t miss this free Emergency Preparedness Expo sponsored by Thurston County, the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Bucoda, and St. Martin’s University.

Preparedness information on topics such as Pandemic Flu, helping kids cope with disaster, and the iris scan child identification system will be available. More than 50 informational displays and emergency supply vendors will be featured, with hourly drawings for door prizes.

Visit the city’s Disaster Preparedness page for more great information on how to prepare your home or business for an emergency,” from the City of Lacey’s Emergency Preparedness Expo website.

Read more from the Event Brochure.

In recent days, these stories have made news:
– “‘Disasters’ strain FEMA’s resources”
By Thomas Frank, USA TODAY

– “Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness”
From FEMA.

– Prepare you and your family to be self-sufficient in an emergency, as responders may not be able to get to you for days/weeks.
From former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, urging Americans to take steps to better prepare themselves.

– “When Disaster Strikes, You Could Be on Your Own”
From California’s Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness, COPE Preparedness.

Ed. Note:
With this fabulous event this Saturday co-sponsored by the City of Yelm, one would think Mayor Harding, the Yelm City Council and our local newspaper would have been talking-up this event for weeks, to inform their citizens in preparedness. Outside of a small advertisement buried in the newspaper & Shopper, there has been no mention of this fine gathering this Saturday.
WHY?

Mayor Harding did not discuss this Emergency Preparedness event in his Mayor’s Column this week in the newspaper (an event the City of Yelm co-sponsored), there is no agenda item on the City Council’s session tomorrow evening (as a matter of fact, there is nothing on the agenda, leading to potentially the shortest meeting ever!) and there has been no story in the local newspaper.

WHY THE SILENCE?

With almost 25% of the population related to the military in our area and who understand preparedness, why is this subject anathema to our Mayor, City Council & newspaper?
Our Mormon community is well-prepared.
The newspaper ridicules or has a tongue-in-cheek attitude about the Ramtha School of Enlightenment students in their preparations.
Read more from JZ Knight on this subject earlier this year.

Do you think Yelm is going to be able to take care of their citizens in an emergency?
There has been NO Town Hall Public Forum to prepare this city for a disaster.

In closing:
Keven Graves is quoted from his November 25, 2005 editorial in the local newspaper:
“We (he & then Mayor-elect Harding) agree that a transparent government is better government.”

1. Why has the City of Yelm’s Disaster Preparedness page on the city’s website not been highlighted for the public?

2. Where is the City of Yelm’s public education and support for their citizens’ Disaster Preparedness?

3. I call on Mayor Harding and the Yelm City Council to join with Police, Fire, and Health officials to hold a Town Hall Public Forum on emergency preparedness for Yelm.
Thurston County certainly has done a fine job with their classes and frequent information.

– An unaware and uninvolved public are Yelm City Council’s greatest allies in carrying forth their agenda.

Posted by Steve on October 24, 2011 at 4:51 am | Permalink

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  1. Dear JZ,Congratulations!!!
    Whooo! Hoooo! Thanks so much to you and your staff memrebs for all of the hard work, support and effort you put out to make this happen.Thanks also to Bettye Johnson who kept us updated through her newsletter.I am especially grateful for what this situation has done for me and others in regards to becoming informed on region, city, state and government issues. Awareness is a terrible thing to waste; Change is in the moment! You Rock! Wonder
    Love,
    Cara Clarke

    Comment by Kay on February 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

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