Communication during emergencies

5:30 pm – this just received from Monterey County Communications Center:

http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/PR_BigSur/

“This is what we have so far, I was not able to confirm the mail information, our Office of Emergency Services will do that tomorrow, as well as look into the UPS and gas supply question.
I hope what we have gotten is helpful. We will update tomorrow. I am working on getting a webmaster on standby next week when the weather is bad, in case things break late.”

I just checked out this site, and it looks extremely helpful. Looks as if this will be updated during the day, and possibly after hours as is necessary. Maia Carroll deserves the credit for getting this up and running so quickly. If you need or would like additional information, post below, as she is watching this post. Thank you all for pulling together and making sure that accuracy, openness, and sharing are a big part of who we are as a community! Kudos, everyone!

Monterey County Communications Center is busy setting up a dedicated page in order to keep people informed of this fluid situation. They have asked about what information would be of assistance, and this is what I have written:

“What we need to watch is the two remaining avenues out. N-F Rd. which is critical to residents has already closed a number of times this winter. Keeping it open and keeping informed on an HOURLY basis during the coming storms will be crucial. Keeping informed about the coming storms themselves will also be crucial. (Ed. note added later – this road is already county responsibility so information should be easy to obtain.)

There is a new slip out between the county line and Ragged Point that has seen considerable movement lately, and that bears watching, also. Staying up-to-date with that each evening and each morning is also important.

Also, concerns about mail, trash, business deliveries, schools, whether a “parking area” of sorts can be safely established near the slip out. UPS deliveries is also a big concern.

Coordinating information about all these services could be invaluable.”

If there are other concerns you have that you would like to see the County address, please leave a comment below that the County can then consider. Thank you.

4 thoughts on “Communication during emergencies

  1. And any Long term solution as to a bypass if any. But Kate I think you hit the nail on the head.

  2. Yes, any updates as to how long the closure will be so that businesses with perishable inventory can make plans. Also, rumor control about whether locals are allowed to cross on foot. Most businesses are still open in Big Sur, so it should be stated that there is open access from the south. Might be a good time to camp, avoid the crouds!

  3. Gas deliveries must be assured, as distances are longer, and only a few places have gas available. Also, if power goes out, as it is likely to do, given saturated ground, and the possibility of downed trees and power lines, people will need gas for generators. This could be crucial to maintaining food supplies. OES could handle this aspect.

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