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The Camp Fire ~ Phones, Fires and Failures
Info for meeting that was held last month - great info and information
THIS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE IN AN EMERGENCY!!! SAVE THE DATE!!!
You've been asking about emergency evacuations and communications and we have listened.
Alan Thompson was at our Fire Safe Council meeting to gave a talk about the Internet and cell
phone communications problems during the Camp Fire and what is being done in El Dorado County
to better prepare for such an incident. . This was a great presentation recently shown at the last
Pleasant Valley Fire Safe Council meeting.
Alan Thompson was part of a four-person, disaster-recovery team dispatched to Butte County on
November 17 to help restore cell phone service destroyed by the 2018 Camp Fire, which decimated
the communities of Paradise, Magalia and Concow. Working there turned him into an "Accidental
Advocate" for community and fire safety. He realized that a disaster just like the Camp Fire could
happen in his own hometown of Placerville. It could happen anywhere in California.
Presentation: The Camp Fire ~ Phones, Fires and Failures This is an audio/video presentation
about The Camp Fire, with an emphasis on emergency communications planning and execution that
went terribly wrong and offers suggestions on how to help our communities stay safer in the event
of similar disasters here.
Alan states, “One thing is clear; we must find more resilient solutions to help ensure our
communities get timely, life-saving information about fast-moving disasters like the Camp Fire,
especially in light of our present-day over-reliance on cell phones and the Internet for everything -
technologies which, in turn, depend on a trillion dollars of vulnerable infrastructure not to fail.” The
Presentation also offers suggestions on how we all can help to make our communities safer in the
event of local disasters like the Camp Fire and provides an introduction to Neighborhood Radio
Watch Programs. The presentation shares:
• Time Line detailing events that unfolded on November 8, the first day of the fire
• Catastrophic points of failure that impacted emergency communications, alerts, and evacuations,
placing peoples' lives at risk
• Our Team's role in restoring damaged cell phone communications, and day-lighting cell-phone
service vulnerabilities that caused us to be there in the first place
• Steps we can all take right now to help support better emergency communications in our own,
• Introduction to second presentation "Radio For The Rest of Us" picks up where the Camp Fire
presentation leaves off. It details how to set up "Neighborhood Radio Watch Programs" in local
communities to help keep us safer during disasters:
RESOURCES FOR YOUR USE
El Dorado County Fire Protection District (EDCFPD) – http://www.eldoradocountyfire.com/
El Dorado County Fire Protection District (EDCFPD) – Stations and District Map
EDC Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) info on Special Districts -
Chipping Program 2019 – http://www.edcfiresafe.org/programs-grants-2/chipper-program/
Before You Burn Check Local Burn Regulations and Air Quality District Information
Emergency Notifications: The El Dorado County reverse 911 system provides home and business,
land line, mobile phone text and email notifications. http://ready.edso.org/
El Dorado County Fire Safe Council educational materials – http://www.edcfiresafe.org/
El Dorado County Fire Safe Council Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) portion
covering Coloma Lotus - http://www.edcfiresafe.org/about-the-council/satellite- councils/lotus-
FireWise (National Fire Protection Association) webinars and other educational materials -
American Red Cross: Gold County Region - training and volunteer opportunities