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E.C. council deals with disaster

April 16, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

A new plan for dealing with natural disasters, technological incidents and national security emergencies will be presented to the El Centro City Council on Wednesday for its approval.

The City Council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. at 1275 Main St.

The two-part, 310-page plan is not intended for use during day-to-day city operations. Rather, it is for use during rare, large-scale disasters.

Part one of the plan describes overall organizational and operational concepts relative to emergency response and recovery and an overview of potential hazards. Part two describes the emergency response organization in greater detail and contains emergency action checklists for key city personnel.

The standardized emergency management system plan is consistent with changes recommended by state and federal government. The city's last emergency response plan was written in 1987.

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In other business, the council, as lead agency for the Imperial Valley Waste Management Task Force, will consider seeking a $135,242 state grant to implement a limited recycling program for commercial and multi-family residences. No matching funds are required.

>>Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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