Ensures early warnings, shelter, emergency preparedness

Committee formed with Mission and Tasks

Basalt's Emergency Management Committee (BEMC) was formed by resolution in early 2003 with the following mission:

"To direct community input to ensure the public safety entities are meeting the needs of the community in order to protect the lives and property of citizens in the Basalt area."  BEMC tasking is directed to:

*   The continued development and implementation of the Town of Basalt Emergency Plan of June 2002 and prioritization of plan annexes;

*   Educate the community on emergency preparations and evacuation procedures;

*   Educate the community and Town of Basalt staff on the principles and structure of the Incident Command System (ICS);

*   Advise the Basalt Town Council on the development and implementation of emergency policies;

*   Coordinate Basalt emergency services to support professional emergency services already in place;

*   Coordinate with the Bureau of Reclamation the local concerns regarding Ruedi Reservoir including, but not limited to, warning systems, flood flow elevations, risk from the Roaring Fork and other tributaries, potential inundation and impacts to downvalley communities, and emergency procedures.

Vital Early Warning System

BEMC works in cooperation with the Public Safety Councils in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties . These organizations work through ICS in the event of a flood, wildfire, hazardous materials incident, gas/electric/propane emergency, shootings or other serious regional emergencies. BEMC cooperates with all these entities to ensure that local residents receive notification and detailed, informed instructions in case of an emergency.

BEMC members:

Jon Gardner, Chairman, Citizen Member
Bill McEnteer, Vice-Chair, Citizen Member
Robert Woods, Citizen Member
Ellen Anderson, Pitkin County Emergency Coordinator
Barry Smith, Eagle County Emergency Coordinator
Scott Thompson, Basalt Fire Chief
Keith Ikeda, Basalt Police Chief
Leroy Duroux, Basalt Mayor
Dave Gray, Basalt Public Works Director
Basalt PIO – Vacant
Pam Schilling, Town Clerk – Administrative Assistant to the BEMC

2010 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are held at Basalt Town Hall unless otherwise noted. Meetings begin at 10 a.m.

March 5, 2010
May 7, 2010
July 9, 2010
September 3, 2010
November 5, 2010

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