County to review its emergency procedures

County supervisors will focus on emergency preparedness Tuesday, taking a look at both preventing and dealing with tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires and potential emergencies at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

The less-controversial item on the board’s agenda is a request from the county fire department for permission to accept a $150,000 grant.

The money comes from the California Fire Safe Council and will be used in part to develop a wildfire protection plan, according to a report by Rob Lewin, acting chief for County/Cal Fire.

Assessing fire risks and involving the various communities in planning will be key components of the project.

Cal Fire provides fire protection in most parts of the county that are outside city limits. Cities and some unincorporated communities have their own fire departments, but these organizations collaborate, and this grant will be used to enhance that collaboration.

The more high-profile discussion is expected to center on tsunami and earthquake safety, especially in regards to the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near Avila Beach.

The issue has taken on a perceived urgency following the tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan.

Emergency Services Director Ron Alsop will outline the county’s emergency planning and management procedures.

The safety of the power plant has surged to the top of the county’s priorities.

Dozens of locals expressed their worries at a Board of Supervisors meeting last week, and supervisors say they have been bombarded with emails and phone calls asking them to ensure safety.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.