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AWESOME.

[CALL TO ORDER ]

UM, COUNCIL MEMBER, NATASHA HARPER, MADISON, AND WE ARE MEETING, UM, IN PERSON TODAY AND AUSTIN AND CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL.

UM, IT IS DE MAY 23RD, 2022.

UH, AND THE TIME IS NOW 2:06 PM.

I'M GOING TO CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

[1. Approve minutes of the March, 28, 2022 meeting of the Public Safety Committee. ]

UH, FIRST ON OUR AGENDA, WE HAVE TO APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES FROM MARCH 28TH PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING.

UM, DO I HAVE A MOTION, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER KELLY MOTIONS THAT WE APPROVE THE MEETING MINUTES FROM MARCH 28TH, 2022, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLIS.

UM, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF A UNANIMOUS VOTE TO APPROVE THOSE MEETING MINUTES.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE RIGHT INTO DISCUSSION.

WE'RE GOING TO DISCUSS CITY PREPARATIONS FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE.

I'M SPONSORED BY MYSELF AND CAN'T REMEMBER ELLIS.

THEN WE'RE GOING TO MOVE INTO SOME BRIEFINGS.

UM, WE HAVE 1, 2, 3 OF THOSE, UM, ALL RELATIVELY SUBSTANTIVE.

SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING THOSE.

IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE, UM, DIRECTOR ORTIZ WITH US THIS MORNING.

I'M ASSUMING TO DISCUSS CITY PREPARATIONS FOR DISASTER RESILIENCE.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

AND WHEN IT'S NOT AN EMERGENCY MADAM CHAIR, WHEN YOU'RE DOING A LOOP, BUT YOU MEANT, I THINK UNANIMOUS WITH COUNCIL MEMBER VELLA OFF THE DICE.

RIGHT? YOU NEED ME TO DO THAT FOR THE RECORD? I'M SORRY.

I CALLED THE VOTE UNANIMOUS FOR, UM, FOR ADAPTING MEETING MINUTES FROM MARCH 28TH, BUT IT'S UNANIMOUS WITH COUNCIL MEMBER VELA OFF THE DIOCESE.

THANK YOU.

AND WE ALSO HAVE ONE GENERAL COMMUNICATION SPEAKER.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU ON THE PHONE IF WE CAN UNMUTE, AND THEN WE'LL FOLLOW THAT WITH YOUR PRESENTATION.

THE SPEAKER HAS TWO MINUTES, CORRECT? OUR SPEAKER'S NOT PRESENT, SO WE'LL MOVE ON.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK

[2. Discussion of City preparations for disaster resilience. Sponsors: Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, and Council Member Paige Ellis ]

YOU, GEORGIA FOR THESE GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY.

UH, I'M THE DIRECTOR FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND, UM, UM, YOU KNOW, LIKE TO KINDA, UH, BE HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE AS FAR AS FROM A RESILIENCY STANDPOINT, YOU KNOW, THE CITY WE'RE WORKING REAL HARD AND LOTS OF DIFFERENT AREAS.

AND, UM, UM, UH, WE'VE HAD A LOT OF INPUT AS A RESULT OF WINTER STORM URI AND THE CITY AUDIT AND THERE'S DIFFERENT EFFORTS ARE ON THE WAY, BUT ELECTING, UH, KIND OF FIDELITY MORE SPECIFICALLY.

WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU ADD A SUIT FROM A RESILIENCY STANDPOINT? UM, IN REGARDS TO THE CITY COLLEAGUES, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS COUNCIL? REMEMBER KEVIN, THANK YOU.

UM, I KNOW THAT OUR CITY'S ABOUT TO GET REALLY HOT AS WE DO TRADITIONALLY EACH TIME THIS PART OF THE YEAR COMES AROUND.

SO I'M WONDERING, UM, IN THAT CONTEXT, HOW ARE WE GOING TO IMPROVE EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ON WHERE OUR, UM, COOLING CENTERS ARE GOING TO BE? AND THEN ALSO HOW PREPARED ARE WE FOR WILDFIRES, BROWNOUTS AND BLACKOUTS, AND, UM, WHAT STEPS ARE WE ACTIVELY TAKING TO PREPARE FOR, FOR THE NEXT HEAT WAVE DURING THE SUMMER? UH, YES.

THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE, OUR, OUR HEAT PLAN UPDATE.

UH, WE'VE HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS, UH, WITH, UH, A WORKING GROUP TO EVALUATE THE, THE CONDITIONS OF THE PLAN AND WHAT DIRECTION WE'RE MOVING AND WHAT ARE OUR CAPABILITIES THAT WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO HAVE ON HAND, OR ONE OF THE KEY PARTS OF THAT IS MAKING SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR, THE, THE P THE PILLARS OF PREPAREDNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY, UH, THAT IS MAKING A PLAN, BUILDING A KID, KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBOR AND GETTING CONNECTED.

AND THAT IS A FOUNDATION OF THE PREPAREDNESS SPECIFICALLY FOR KEITH, UH, YOU KNOW, THERE'S OUR, WE'RE WORKING WITH DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES MAKE SURE THAT WE ALL ARE AWARE AND UNDERSTAND, UH, WHAT OUR CAPABILITIES ARE GOING TO BE AND, AND HOW THOSE ARE GOING TO BE MONITORED AND EVALUATED, EVALUATED, UH, AND WHAT THE TRIGGERS ARE GOING TO BE FOR US TO BE STANDING UP AND, AND, AND ENGAGING WITH THE DISTRICT COMMUNICATION HEAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE EXPERIENCED EVERY YEAR.

UH, AND SO WE W WE NEED TO CONSTANTLY REMIND ALL OUR, EVERYBODY ON WHAT, UH, ASPECTS THEY CAN DO TO PREPARE, UH, FOR THE SUMMER HEAT AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT WHAT THINGS THEY CAN DO, UH, TO KEEP THEMSELVES COOL.

THERE ARE OTHER, UH, EXISTING PROGRAMS THAT ARE PROVIDING, UH, FANS

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AND OTHER, UM, RESOURCES TO HELP, UH, THE COMMUNITY IN WORKING.

UH, WE CAN GIVE YOU A LIST OF WHAT THOSE PROGRAMS ARE.

UH, DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC LIST HERE IN FRONT OF ME, BUT, UM, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT FOLKS TO KNOW IS THAT IF THEY ARE EXPERIENCING, UH, CONDITIONS IN THEIR HOMES, THAT THEY'RE, UH, TOO HOT, UH, THERE ARE PLACES WHERE THEY CAN GO THEN BEFORE WE EVEN OPEN UP COOLING STATIONS, THAT THEY CAN GO AND STAY, UH, HANG OUT DURING THE DAY WHERE, WHEN, WHEN THE WORST HEAT MAYBE EXPERIENCE AND THEN BE ABLE TO, UH, SAY HOME, UH, WHEN WE, WHEN WE, UH, HAVE MULTIPLE DAYS OF THREE DIGIT DEGREES AND EXPERIENCE, AND, UH, REALLY BAT, UH, HEAT CONDITIONS, UH, THROUGH OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WE'LL BE EVALUATING WHAT THOSE, UH, IMPACTS OF THE HEATS ARE, ARE GOING BE, UH, HAVING IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND THEN WE'LL BE ACTIVATING, UH, FORMERLY ACTIVATING COOLING, BUT CAN, UH, GIVE YOU A SYNOPSIS, UH, AT A LATER, AFTER THIS, AFTER THIS MEETING WITH WHAT THOSE SPECIFICS ARE GOING TO BE, BUT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED OF HOW WE WILL ACTIVATE COOLING STATIONS AND, AND HOW WE'LL BE COMMUNICATING WITH, UH, NOT ONLY THE PUBLIC, BUT THE REST OF THE, OF THE PARTNERS, UH, INVOLVE IN, IN THE HEAT RESPONSE, SPECIFICALLY DEALING WITH WA UH, WITH URBAN FIRES, A WILD LAND FIRES, UH, OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKES THE LEAD ON THAT, OR WILDLAND FIRE DIVISION IS, IS WORKING WITH US AND, AND TRAVIS COUNTY TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE CONSTANTLY, UM, UM, TAKING THOSE THINGS INTO CONSIDERATION.

UH, AND, AND WE ARE, UH, SPECIFICALLY MONITORING FIRE DANGER TIME PERIODS, UH, IN WHICH CASE WE ARE WORKING WITH THE COUNTY TO CONDUCT, COUNTY-WIDE MEET, UH, UH, CONFERENCE CALLS WITH THE, UH, FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY TO LOOK AT OUR CAPABILITIES.

UM, THERE ARE WILDFIRES OCCURRING THROUGHOUT THE STATE RIGHT NOW.

AND SO THERE'S A LOT OF RESOURCES THAT WE NORMALLY HAVE HERE ON HAND, THEY'RE GOING OUT TO HELP FIGHT SOME OF THOSE FIRES.

SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP TABS ON WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE IN CASE SOMETHING WERE TO HAPPEN TO OUR COMMUNITY.

SO THAT TAKES A, THAT REALLY INVOLVES US BEING, UH, ABLE TO COORDINATE WITH THE DIFFERENT FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN AUSTIN AND TRAVIS COUNTY, AS WELL AS OUR SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

AND WE'RE CONSTANTLY MEETING TO LOOK AT WHAT CAPABILITIES WE NEED TO HAVE.

WE'RE GOING THROUGH A PROCESS AROUND OUR REEVALUATING, OUR EXISTING PLANS, UH, AND WE WORK BE WORKING TOWARDS A, UH, A WORKSHOP LATER THIS SUMMER WITH THE KEY DEPARTMENTS TO, TO, UH, TO WALK THROUGH THE PROCESS OF A RESPONSE TO A WILDLAND FIRE, UH, SPECIFICALLY ACTUALLY, I'LL TAKE THIS MOMENT IN TIME HERE.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE'LL BE MEETING WITH YOU ALL TOMORROW, UH, ON THEIR SENIOR OFFICIALS WORKSHOP.

AND, UM, I'M GOING TO LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG A LITTLE BIT, BUT, UH, UH, THE, THE SPECIFICS, UH, HAZARD THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE USING IN OUR DISCUSSIONS IS GOING TO BE THE FIRE THREAT WHILE IN FIRE SCENARIO.

SO, PERFECT TIMING, UH, FROM THAT SOUND POINT, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ENGAGING NOT ONLY WITH THE FRONTLINE PERSONNEL, UH, BUT WITH OUR POLICYMAKERS AS WELL.

AND THEN ALSO WITH OUR COMMUNITY.

SO PREPAREDNESS, UH, IS, IS VERY IMPORTANT.

UH, AND, AND WE'RE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THOSE PLANS IN PLACE.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS.

SO, UM, I APPRECIATE ALL THAT BACKGROUND AND INFORMATION I'D ASKED FOR, UM, SOME LOCATIONS OF WHERE THESE COOLING CENTERS WERE.

AND YOU MENTIONED THAT THERE ARE PLACES PEOPLE CAN GO WHEN IT GETS HOT, BUT I DIDN'T HEAR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS.

I WOULD GUESS THAT LIBRARIES ARE A GOOD PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO IF THEY'RE EXPERIENCING EXTREME HEAT IN THEIR HOMES.

THAT IS CORRECT.

AND, AND, UH, PLACES THAT ARE ALREADY OPEN, LIKE LIBRARIES, COMMUNITY CENTERS, UH, EVEN SOME, UH, UM, UH, COMMERCIAL STORES, UH, GROCERY STORES, UH, PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CAN WALK TO THEY'RE OPEN DURING THE DAY.

UH, THEY'RE THEY'RE, THEY'RE COOL.

SO YOU CAN WALK IN THERE, WALK AROUND, I WOULD SAY MALLS, BUT I KNOW A LOT OF OUR SHOP CONSIDERS ARE, ARE TRANSITIONING TO OTHER MODELS, BUT THERE'S OTHER PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO THEY'RE OPEN, UH, DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS, WHICH IS THE WORST HEAT, AND WE WOULD INCUR.

SO THE FIRST THING YOU'LL HEAR FROM US IS ENCOURAGING THE PUBLIC TO GO TO THOSE OPEN FACILITIES, LIBRARIES, AND COMMUNITY CENTERS BEING, UH, ONE OF THEM AS WELL.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

AND THEN I REALLY LIKE HOW YOU TALKED ABOUT SUPPORTING THE PILLARS OF PREPAREDNESS IN THE COMMUNITY, MAKING A KIT, BEING PREPARED, KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS.

UM, I WAS WONDERING AS PART OF THE RESILIENCY IN THE COMMUNITY, I REALLY KNOW THAT THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM IS A GREAT ASSET FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THEIR COMMUNITY THAT MAYBE DON'T UNDERSTAND OR KNOW HOW TO PREPARE, TO BE PREPARED.

CAN YOU TALK TO US MORE ABOUT THE CERT PROGRAM, HOW MANY CLASSES YOU'VE HAD THIS YEAR? HOW MANY PLAN ON HAVING IN THE FUTURE? BECAUSE I KNOW MY OFFICE OVER

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THE SUMMER IS GOING TO HOST ONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING THESE TYPES OF TRAININGS IF WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO SO AT HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC, A LOT OF THE, UH, THE TRAINING THAT WAS OFFERED, UH, ON CERTAIN HAS GONE TO AN ONLINE MODEL.

AND YOU'LL FIND THAT ON OUR WEBSITE AND ENCOURAGE ANYBODY TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION.

WE ARE WORKING ON A PILOT PROJECT SPECIFICALLY WITH GLOSS AND MAMBAS HOSTON ON, ON DEVELOPING A, A NEIGHBORHOOD BASED PROGRAM THAT ENCOURAGES THE DEVELOPMENT OF CERT CAPABILITIES.

UH, AND WE'RE IN THAT TRANSITION PHASE TO TRY AND TO, UH, ESTABLISH CERT TEAMS AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL.

UH, WE DON'T NEED ONE CITY WIDE TEAM.

WE NEED A HUNDRED SMALLER TEAMS, EACH ONE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL WHERE THEY CAN ENGAGE.

AND SO, UM, UM, THAT'S IN THIS POSITION RIGHT NOW.

UH, WE, UM, THE MAIN PERSON THAT WAS LEADING OUR EFFORT MOVED ON.

AND SO WE'RE IN THE TRANSITION OF HIRING.

WE WILL BE BRINGING SOMEONE ON BOARD, UH, TO GOD THAT DIRECTION, BUT THE DIRECTION THAT WE'RE MOVING IS, IS IN THAT FASHION TO SUPPORT THE RESILIENCY HUB EFFORTS THAT ARE GOING.

UH, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE ELEMENTS THAT WE'LL BE LOOKING AT AND TRYING TO FACILITATE THROUGH THE RESILIENCY HUB.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I KNOW THAT SOMETHINGS YOU CAN'T NECESSARILY DO ONLINE, THAT YOU WOULD DO IN PERSON LIKE THE SKILLS TRAINING OR STOPPING BLEEDING, THAT SORT OF THING, BASIC FIRST AID.

BUT I DO APPRECIATE THAT YOUR OFFICE IS MAKING AN EFFORT TO GET THAT COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION MADE AVAILABLE.

SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

THANK YOU.

YOU BET.

COUNCIL MEMBER, KELLY COUNCIL MEMBER ELLISON.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US DIRECTOR.

I'D LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT WATER BOTTLE DISTRIBUTION.

I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF FAMILIES IN TOWN THAT PROBABLY THINK ABOUT WHEN IT'S COLD, WHEN IT'S FREEZING.

THAT'S THE LAST TIME THEY HAD A SITUATION WHERE THEY NEEDED TO KNOW WHERE WATER BOTTLE DISTRIBUTION WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

UM, NOW THAT WE'RE ENTERING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS, I KNOW THERE'S NOT ONLY A RISK OF WILDFIRE, BUT ALSO FLOODING.

UM, AND SO, ESPECIALLY IN DISTRICT EIGHT WHERE WE KNOW THAT WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO BE FIRST OFFLINE AND LAST BACK ONLINE, UM, LIKE WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME? WHAT IS THE CURRENT PLAN FOR COMMUNICATING OR ROLLING OUT WATER BOTTLE DISTRIBUTIONS, DEPENDING ON HOW DIFFERENT PARTS OF TOWN ARE EFFECTED.

SO WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BOTTLED WATER, NOT JUST BOTTLES TWO BOTTLES, TWO TO FILL THEM WITH WATER, CORRECT.

IT'S WHAT MAKES THEM UNDERSTANDING.

YEAH, IT WOULD BASICALLY BE KIND OF THE BULK PALLET DISTRIBUTION THAT WE NORMALLY SEE.

I KNOW THAT THERE'S A COLLABORATION WITH AUSTIN WATER WHERE, UM, I, I BELIEVE THEY HAVE SOME Y'ALL MAY HAVE SOME.

AND SO WHAT IS THE PLAN TO BE ABLE TO QUICKLY DEPLOY THE MOST EMERGENT NEEDS FOR PEOPLE, WHETHER IT IS THE ACTUAL FRESH BOTTLES OF WATER.

UM, I KNOW THAT IN THESE EMERGENCIES YOU MAY NEED, UH, THE BULK, UM, YOU KNOW, THE CUBE BOTTLED WATER THAT HAPPENED LAST TIME, YOU KNOW, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF FAMILIES THAT MAY NEED INFORMATION ON THE DRINKABLE WATER AND THE NON-POTABLE WATER AS WELL.

UM, AS WE KNOW BABY FORMULA, YOU CAN'T USE BOILED WATER, EVEN IF YOU HAVE THE CAPACITY TO BOIL IT.

AND SO WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE NEWEST PLANS ON HOW TO MAKE SURE FAMILIES KNOW IF WHEN AND WHERE, AND HOW TO GET DRINKABLE WATER OR NON-POTABLE WATER, DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION.

UM, SO LET ME START ANSWERING THIS QUESTION AND, UM, UM, THERE'S DIFFERENT EFFORTS THAT ARE UNDERWAY AND CERTAIN THINGS.

THERE'S CERTAIN THINGS THAT ARE, UH, WE AS INDIVIDUALS NEED TO DO TO PREPARE OURSELVES AND OUR FAMILIES.

SO I'M GOING TO START IN, IN THAT REGARD FROM A PREPAREDNESS STANDPOINT, UM, PART OF GOING BACK TO THOSE PILLARS OF PREPAREDNESS, UM, YOU KNOW, MAKING A PLAN AND BUILDING A KID SPECIFICALLY, UH, WE RECOMMEND THAT THAT INDIVIDUALS PREPARE IN ADVANCE AND, AND GET BOTTLED WATER, HAVING BOTTLED WATER AVAILABLE AT THEIR HOMES ONE GALLON PER PERSON PER DAY.

SO I HAVE A FAMILY OF FOUR, UH, RIGHT NOW MY, MY OLDEST IS OFTEN THE NAVY.

SO FOUR THAT'S FOUR GALLONS PER PERSON PER DAY TIMES.

UH, THE NATIONAL STANDARD THAT FEMALE RECOMMENDS IS THREE DAYS.

UM, BASED ON WHAT WE EXPERIENCE WITH, UM, WINTER STORM URI, WE WERE SAYING MUCH LONGER PERIODS OF AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS, UH, AND IN SOME AREAS OF THE COUNTRY, MAYBE 14 DAYS, BUT SEVEN TIMES FOUR, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE LOOKING AT 28 GALLONS.

UH, AND, AND THAT'S WHAT WE RECOMMEND TO ENSURE THAT, UH, UH, FOLKS AT THEIR HOMES ARE ABLE TO, UH, TO, TO BUILD THAT LEVEL OF PREPAREDNESS IN THE EVENT, SOMETHING WOULD HAPPEN.

UM, WE LOOK AT POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION FOR A BOTTLE OF WATER, UH, TO BE STOOD UP WHEN THERE IS A DISRUPTION IN THE, IN THE

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WATER COMMUNITY LIFELINE, RIGHT? UH, UH, IF WE LOSE POWER OR LOSE WATER, UH, IT HAS A TREMENDOUS IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO THOSE POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION, UM, UM, UM, BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE IT, UH, THREE TIMES IN THE LAST, UH, THREE, FOUR YEARS, WE'VE GAINED SOME EXPERIENCE ON THAT.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT, UH, PRIORITIZING THOSE POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION BASED ON, UH, COMMUNITY NEED.

UH, AND THEN ALSO LOOKING AT, UH, FROM A EQUITY LENS PERSPECTIVE.

UH, AND I WOULD SAY OUR EQUITY OFFICE WILL BE A KEY, UH, PARTNER IN HELPING US ESTABLISH THOSE AREAS WHERE WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE THOSE EFFORTS.

UH, WE WILL LOOK AT, UH, HOW, UH, THE PRIVATE SECTOR, GROCERY STORES, HEB WALMARTS OF THE WORLD, UH, WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO BRING ADDITIONAL WATER IN THOSE AREAS.

UH, BUT, UM, AWESOME WATER UTILITY, AS WELL AS MY OFFICE ARE WORKING RIGHT NOW ON ESTABLISHING A MORE SPECIFIC PLAN OF DETERMINING HOW MUCH WATER ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ON HAND IN, IN THAT INITIAL PUSH OF DISTRIBUTED OUT.

BUT, UH, WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC, UH, LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED BECAUSE THERE IS NO NEED, BUT IF THERE WERE A NEED, THE PROCESS WOULD INVOLVE US LOOKING AT THAT, THOSE IMPACT AREAS, LOOKING AT, UH, ESTABLISHING THOSE POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION, WHICH ONE WOULD GO FIRST AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ALSO CONTRACTS IN PLACE TO BRING IN ADDITIONAL WATER IN, UH, IN 2018 WHEN WE HAD TO DO IT, UH, WE WERE ABLE TO GET WATER DOWN THE STREET, UH, AND, AND SEGUIN, UH, IN SEGUIN, UH, WATER PLANT THAT WAS LOCATED THERE.

BUT IN, IN WINTER STORM URI, WE WERE BUYING WATER FROM THE OTHER 40, UH, 47 STATES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES THAT WERE NOT IMPACTED BY THE WINTER STORM, AS WELL AS SOME WATER FROM MEXICO THAT WE'RE BRINGING IN.

SO THOSE THINGS ARE KIND OF MORE COMPLICATED AND TRYING TO DETERMINE HOW FAST CAN THAT WATER IN PLACE, HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE COMMUNICATED.

WE'RE GOING TO BE COMMUNICATING THAT IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, TOO, INCLUDING THROUGH OUR ALREADY CENTRAL TEXAS APP, THAT WE HAVE THAT, UH, THAT WE ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO DOWNLOAD BOTH FROM THE APPLE STORE AND ON THE ANDROID STORE.

UH, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE WAYS OF HOW WE WILL BE COMMUNICATING, UH, GIVING PEOPLE INFORMATION OF WHERE THE MAPS ARE OR WHERE THOSE POINTS OF DISTRIBUTIONS ARE GOING TO BE.

AND, UH, WHAT HOURS OF OPERATIONS AND SO FORTH.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, THROUGH OUR, OUR, OUR, UM, JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE COUNTY, WE WILL ESTABLISH A JOINT INFORMATION SYSTEM TO DISTRIBUTE THAT INFORMATION OUT AND IN ARE WORKING ON HAVING THAT PROCESS BE TRANSLATED IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES TO INCLUDE, UH, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE THROUGH A SERVICE THAT WE HAVE WITH A COMPANY OUT OF SAN ANTONIO CALLED DEAF LINK.

AND I WOULD SAY THAT WE'RE ONLY THE THIRD, UH, WE'RE ONE OF FOUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE WHOLE STATE OF TEXAS THAT IS DELIVERING INFORMATION IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE IN, IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WHERE WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO RECORD IT AND TRANSMIT IT CORRECTLY.

SO USING THOSE TOOLS, USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND USING OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS WHO WILL BE GETTING THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE, WE'RE ALSO, WE'RE LOOKING TO IDENTIFY, UH, UH, RESOURCES SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BUILD A BETTER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LOCAL NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, THOSE COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS ARE GOING TO BE A KEY PLAYER IN HELPING US IDENTIFY WHERE THE NEEDS ARE AND MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE BUILDING A LEVEL OF RESPONSE TO ADDRESS THOSE AREAS.

THE PRIORITY AGAIN, IS TO ENSURE THAT OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ARE R ARE, ARE AS UP AND RUNNING, AND THEN GET THE WATER, UH, RESTORED TO THE, TO THE LARGEST POPULATION THAT WE CAN.

AND MAKING SURE WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR RESPONSE, BUT THROUGH AN EQUITY LENS AND ESTABLISHING THOSE POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION WHERE THE COMMUNITY HAS THE GREATEST NEEDS.

BUT AGAIN, IF EVERYONE CAN GO TO THE GROCERY STORE AND START BUYING ADDITIONAL AND GALLONS OF WATER, IF YOU HAVE THAT ABILITY AND YOU'RE ABLE TO HAVE AN ADEQUATE AMOUNT OF BOTTLED WATER IN YOUR HOME BEFORE AN EMERGENCY, THEN YOU'RE HELPING NOT ONLY YOURSELF, BUT THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THEN WE CAN FOCUS OUR RESOURCES TO THOSE AREAS WHERE HAVE GREATER NEED.

THANK YOU.

I KNOW WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO COMMUNICATE THE FIRST 72 BEGINS WITH YOU BECAUSE THERE'S DEFINITELY THAT NEED FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS, UH, TO TRY TO HELP MAKE SURE FAMILIES ARE RESILIENT ON THEIR OWN.

I'M SEEING THAT IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO DEPLOY THE ASSISTANCE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE NEED, BUT I WOULD JUST STRONGLY URGE NOW THAT WE KNOW HOW THE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS AND THE LEVELS OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, DEPENDING ON PRESSURIZATION AFFECTS DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES.

THAT THAT ALSO BE A FACTOR.

UM, I KNOW THAT AS, AS WATER CAME BACK ONLINE DURING WINTER STORM URI, THERE WAS A SITUATION, YOU KNOW, WHERE PEOPLE WOULD MOVE TO

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OTHER PARTS OF TOWN TO GO GET THEIR WATER AND BRING IT BACK.

AND WE HAD TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO FULLY FILL BACK IN AND EVERY SINGLE PIPE SITUATION UNTIL, UM, UNTIL THAT PRESSURIZATION HAPPENS.

AND SO, UM, I JUST KNOW IN SOUTHWEST AUSTIN, WE SAW VERY ACUTELY HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE OFFLINE FOR A WEEK, UM, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE, TO THE SAME RESOURCES NEEDED, UM, REGARDLESS OF WHERE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT IT IS.

BUT I DO LOOK FORWARD TO PARTICIPATING IN THAT TRAINING TOMORROW MORNING.

I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE VERY ENLIGHTENING.

AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THAT DEPENDING ON WHAT DISASTER IS TAKING PLACE, THE RESPONSE TO IT IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE VERY NIMBLE AND TO RESPOND TO EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN, WHEN IT'S TAKING PLACE.

THANK YOU, MEMBER ELLIS, YOUR ADLER.

WELL, THANKS FOR THE, UH, FOR THE UPDATE AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE ALL THE ACTIVITY HAPPENING AND LOTS OF PLACES.

UM, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ONE ASPECT OF IT.

I GUESS MY TAKEAWAY FROM BEING IN THE EOC OR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS AND WATCHING AS THESE EVENTS HAPPEN, UH, AS WE GOT TO LARGER EVENTS THERE, THE KEY THING THAT LOOKED LIKE IT WOULD BE HELPFUL, BUT IT WOULD BE THE HARDEST THING FOR US TO DO BECAUSE IT'S SO FAR OUT OF OUR WHEELHOUSE IS HOW WE WORK WITH THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT EXIST IN THE COMMUNITY.

UM, THE CITY, UH, I THINK VERY UNDERSTANDABLY IT LOOKS AT THIS CHALLENGE OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE UNDER THE LENS OF WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO.

UH, SO, SO EVEN WHEN WE MAKE REFERENCE TO THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE OUT TO THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, THE GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS, IT'S LOOKING AT IT IN TERMS OF HOW CAN THEY HELP US IDENTIFY WHERE WE NEED TO GET RESOURCES.

BUT I THINK THE REAL TAKEAWAY FROM EIGHT YEARS IN THAT ROOM IS THAT WHEN THE SCALE OF THE CHALLENGES GETS REALLY BIG, IT'S NO LONGER A QUESTION OF US LEARNING WHERE TO GET RESOURCES TO IT'S, IT'S EMPOWERING AND ENABLING THOSE ORGANIZATIONS TO GET RESOURCES WHERE THEY NEED TO GET TO, BECAUSE THERE'S JUST SO MUCH HAPPENING IN THE CITIES BEING ASKED TO RESPOND TO, TO, TO MACRO ISSUES.

UH, AND, AND WHERE WE SEEM TO HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY IS WHEN WE HAVE TO START REACHING DOWN AS A CITY AND DEALING WITH THE, WITH THE MICRO ISSUES, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH TO IT TO REALLY KNOW, AND WE'RE FEELS LIKE WE'RE PLAYING CATCH UP.

AND THAT'S WHERE THE DEMANDS ARE COMING IN FROM THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, FROM THE ORGANIZATIONS.

SO THE CONCEPT OF FIGURING OUT HOW IT IS, WE INSTITUTIONALIZE THAT GRASS ROOTS RESPONSE SO THAT IT GOES INTO PLAY AS A FORCE MULTIPLIER, NOT JUST TO HELP US GET INFORMATION, BUT TO RECOGNIZE THAT IN AN EMERGENCY LIKE THAT, THE CITY CAN'T DO IT ALL.

SO WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN IS SOMETHING THAT I'M STILL REAL EAGER IN.

AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S IDENTIFYING AND UPDATING 250 PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WOULD SERVE AS A POINT PEOPLE AND HAVING ONE DAY, A YEAR, A HALF DAY TABLETOP EXERCISE WITH THESE 250 PEOPLE.

AND EVERY YEAR OR TWO YEARS, YOU, YOU UPDATE THAT LIST OF 250 PEOPLE.

AND IT'S PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW ARE JUST EMBEDDED IN THE COMMUNITY AND, AND, AND WILL BE DOING WORK.

AND IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT KNOW THAT IF WE'RE DEALING WITH THE SCALE OF THE ISSUE, THEY'RE GOING TO BE LEFT ON THEIR OWN A LOT.

AND, AND FROM A CITY'S PERSPECTIVE, WE'RE GOING TO TRY OUR BEST TO MAKE RESOURCES AVAILABLE.

AND THIS IS THE KIND OF HOW THE REPORTING HAPPENS, WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO KNOW OR NOT KNOW, BUT IT'S ALL HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY'S MACRO RESPONSE.

UH, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW WE'VE ADVANCED THAT WE'VE DISCUSSED THAT AND TALKED ABOUT THAT, BUT THAT'S THE HARDEST THING TO DO BECAUSE IT'S, IT'S THE ONE ELEMENT THAT IS CONCEPTUALLY FOREIGN FROM HOW WE ORDINARILY APPROACH MASS DISASTERS LIKE THAT.

CAN YOU SPEAK TO THAT, THAT EFFORT MAYER THAT'S, UM, YOU KNOW, A REALLY GOOD DESCRIPTION OF A ONE WHERE YOU START TALKING ABOUT A CATASTROPHIC EVENT.

IT IS NOT JUST THE CITY AND THE COUNTY, BUT IT'S REALLY A COMMUNITY EFFORT LEVEL OF RESPONSE, INCLUDING OUR PRIVATE SECTOR, INCLUDING OTHER DISTRICTS THAT ARE, UH, THAT EXIST IN OUR COMMUNITY.

OTHER AUTHORITIES THAT EXISTED IN OUR COMMUNITY, ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER TO LOOK AT WHAT IS NEEDED FOR THE COMMUNITY IN

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ORDER TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND.

THAT IS A VERY DAUNTING TASK.

UH, THERE IS A SAYING IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT THAT WE DON'T WANT TO BE EXCHANGING BUSINESS CARDS IN THE DAY OF THE DISASTER, IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THAT COLLABORATION, WE NEED TO BE ENGAGING WITH EVERYBODY AND ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO ENGAGE ON A NICE, CLEAR SUMMER DAY IN ORDER TO BUILD THAT RELATIONSHIP.

UH, AND, AND KNOW WHAT WE CAN COUNT ON FROM, FROM A COMMUNITY STANDPOINT AND FROM A PRIVATE SECTOR STANDPOINT, AND FROM A GOVERNMENTAL STANDPOINT, IN ORDER TO KNOW WHAT TO CALL UPON IN THE MIDDLE OF A DISASTER RESPONSE, OUR ROLE IS TO GUIDE THOSE EFFORTS.

BUT IF THE COMMUNITY IS WORKING ON A SOLUTION, THAT MAKES SENSE OUR JOB IS TO ASSIST THEM IN THAT LEVEL OF RESPONSE.

BUILDING THAT TRUST IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO BE WORKING ON.

I HAD A TAUGHT AND IN AND ENGAGING AT ALL LEVELS WITH THAT COMMON SET IN MIND, IT'S NOT US VERSUS THEM AS US.

IT'S JUST US.

THIS IS OUR COMMUNITY.

I THINK THAT THAT WAS VERY EVIDENT AS A RESULT OF WINTER STORM ERIE AND HOW, UM, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE ENGAGE.

I HAD A TIME TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND CLEAR UP ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS AHEAD OF HOW THINGS NEED TO BE DONE, BUT FACILITATE HOW TO EXPEDITE THAT LEVEL OF COMMUNITY LEVEL RESPONSE, UH, AS, AS BEST AS WE CAN.

AND THERE'S A NEED FOR A LEVEL OF AWARENESS WITHIN US, THE CITY ORGANIZATION, AND ALSO A LEVEL OF AWARENESS, UH, FROM THE COMMUNITY ITSELF.

I THINK THERE WERE SOME THINGS IN THAT RESPONSE.

I WENT TO SEMINARY THAT I, I WISH I CAN GO BACK AND DO A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, RIGHT.

BUT THEN THERE'S SOME THINGS IN THERE THAT I THOUGHT WE, MAN, I'M VERY PROUD OF.

UM, BEING ABLE TO SET UP A CONFERENCE CALL WITH ALL THE GROCERY STORES, AS MANY AS WE COULD TO, TO TALK ABOUT HOW CAN WE HELP YOU OPEN UP YOUR STORES A LOT FASTER, ENGAGING WITH SOME OF THOSE SPEND PITEOUS ORGANIZATIONS THAT POPPED UP AND SAID, OKAY, I WILL KNOW YOU, BUT LET ME WORK WITH YOU TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HELP YOU HELP THE COMMUNITY.

THOSE ARE WERE GREAT EXPERIENCES THAT WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CAPTURE THAT AND BRING IT BACK.

I THINK THAT PART OF THAT IS ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY LEVEL ON A PERIODIC BASIS WITH WORKSHOPS TO WALK THROUGH THE PROCESS, SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'RE DOING RIGHT NOW, BUT ON A GRANDER SCALE AND IN HAVING THE COMMUNITY ALSO LEAD AND TAKE PART OF THAT DISCUSSION, HAVING THEM TAKE OWNERSHIP OF SOME OF THAT LEVEL OF DISCUSSION AND RESPONSE, IT IS CRUCIAL FOR A MORE RESILIENT, PREPARED, SAFE COMMUNITY.

SO, SO TO THAT END, CAUSE I AGREE WITH ALL OF THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S POSSIBLE OVER THE COMING MONTHS, CERTAINLY BEFORE THE CALENDAR YEAR IS OVER TO HAVE THAT FIRST MEETING OF THE 250 PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THEM ABOUT WHAT IS IT THAT IS REASONABLE FOR THE CITY TO EXPECT THIS GRASSROOTS NETWORK TO BE ABLE TO DO.

AND WHAT RESOURCES WOULD THAT GRASSROOTS NETWORK NEED IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO MEET THAT, THAT EXPECTATION JUST TO ANSWERING THOSE TWO QUESTIONS COLLECTIVELY, I THINK WOULD BE HELPFUL BECAUSE WHEN WE'RE IN THE YOSI, WE'RE TRYING TO GENERATE THOSE TWO LISTS EACH NIGHT, YOU KNOW, AS IT'S BEGINNING TO KIND OF PROGRESS THROUGH AND IT IS IT'S COMING TOGETHER.

BUT IF THERE WAS A NETWORK OF 250 PEOPLE THAT THE CITY MET WITH ONCE A YEAR, JUST TO, TO, TO ASK THOSE QUESTIONS AGAIN, WHAT IS IT IT'S REASONABLE FOR THE CITY AND THE SYSTEM TO EXPECT, AND WHAT RESOURCES WOULD, WOULD YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO IT? UH, I THINK WOULD, I THINK WOULD HELP A WHEN, WHEN WE DID WINTER STORM URI AND THERE WAS SO MUCH COMMUNITY AND GRASSROOTS ENGAGEMENT, SOME PEOPLE LOOKED AT THAT AS A FAILURE ON THE CITY AND ON THE COUNTY AND ON THE SYSTEMS WE NEEDED TO STEP IN BECAUSE THE CITY WASN'T ABLE TO DO IT.

SO, SO WE

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NEEDED TO STEP IN.

AND I THINK MY PERSPECTIVE ON THAT HAS CHANGED OVER THE EIGHT YEARS WHERE I SAY, OF COURSE YOU DID, AT THAT SCALE, YOU WILL ALWAYS NEED TO STEP IN, AND THAT'S NOT A FAILURE OF THE SYSTEM.

THAT'S AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF IT, BUT IF THAT'S TRUE AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF IT, THEN WE NEED TO DO EXACTLY THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

AND WE'VE HAD THOSE CONVERSATIONS I'D LIKE AT, AT A, AT A THEORETICAL LEVEL, BUT I'D REALLY LIKE TO SEE WHAT THE ACTION PLAN IS FOR THIS ELEMENT OF OUR RESPONSE.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE DOING BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE YEAR TO, TO SET UP THAT PART OF OUR RESPONSE? SO IT COULD BE SUCCESSFUL AND WHAT GATHERINGS OR MEETINGS OR BRAINSTORMING, WHATEVER IT IS, HOW DO WE ACTUALIZE THAT COMPONENT IS SOMETHING THAT I'D REALLY LIKE TO SEE SOMETIME THIS CALENDAR YEAR, AS WE, AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE NEXT GENERATION OF OUR RESPONSE PLAN.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO DO IT DOES MATTER AND ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN ENGAGING WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ON A DISCUSSION OF, OF A OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH THE PUBLIC SPECIFICALLY FROM A WILDLAND FIRE HAZARD PERSPECTIVE? UM, I THINK IS VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

UH, AND, AND I CAN SEE US DOING THIS ON SPECIFIC HAZARDS SEASONALLY, RIGHT? UH, A DISCUSSION ON HOW ARE WE ENGAGING WITH THE COMMUNITY FROM A FIRE THREAT PERSPECTIVE AND HAVING THAT ENGAGEMENT AGAIN IN THE FALL AS WE PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER.

AND, AND THEN FOLLOWING IT UP AGAIN, AS WE PREPARE FOR FLOODING SITUATIONS, LOOKING AT OUR, AT OUR MOST PROMINENT, USING OUR MOST, UM, UM, UH, HIGH HAZARD CONDITIONS TO ENGAGE WITH OUR COMMUNITY IN THAT DISCUSSION SO THAT WE CAN BUILD THAT, THAT COMMONALITY, THAT TRUST, AND YOU COULD BUILD IT AROUND AN EVENT LIKE THAT.

I MEAN, I'M NOT TRYING TO PRESCRIBE THAT, BUT JUST TO INSTITUTIONALIZE, WE KNEW WE HAD ELDERLY PEOPLE THAT COULD BE ALONE IN THEIR ROOMS. WE SPENT SEVERAL DAYS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO REACH THEM, BUT THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW THEM AND KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND MEALS ON WHEELS AS EYES IN SO MANY DIFFERENT PLACES.

AND THERE ARE, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS THAT ARE DEALING WITH, UH, COMMUNITIES ALL THE TIME THAT, THAT, THAT DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH.

UH, IT MIGHT BE HARDER TO PUT THEY'RE THERE.

THEY ARE THE TRUSTED AGENTS AND AGENCIES FOR THEM.

AND IF THEY WERE PART OF OUR EMERGENCY PLANNING, IF ONCE A YEAR, THEY WERE ALL GATHERED AND SAY, IF, IF SOMETHING HORRIBLE HAPPENED, IF A BOMB FELL OR WE LOST POWER AND WATER AGAIN, HOW DO WE, HOW HAVE WE ALREADY SET IT UP SO THAT THE CALL GOES OUT AND THERE ARE 250 PEOPLE, OR 250 ORGANIZATIONS THAT KNOW THAT NOW IS THEIR TIME TO STEP FORWARD.

THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO.

THEY KNOW WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES IT'S REASONABLE FOR THEM TO EXPECT TO GET WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES IT'S NOT REASONABLE FOR THEM TO EXPECT HOW THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO GET INFORMATION, UH, SO THAT THEY KNOW THAT AHEAD OF TIME.

SO THEY'RE NOT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THEN HOW IT IS THAT THEY THINK THEY ALREADY KNOW.

YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER SAYS WHEN THE CALL GOES OUT, THIS IS BY RESPONSIBILITY, MY ORGANIZATION, IF WE SET THAT UP AND TO TRY TO ACTUALIZE THAT AGAIN, THAT'S THE HARDEST COMPONENT OF THIS BECAUSE THERE IS NO THAT YET, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE THINGS.

AND I'D LOVE TO SEE US STARTING TO ACTUALLY ACTUALIZE IT THIS CALENDAR HERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR APPRECIATED IT.

UM, I'D LIKE TO WELCOME AND THANK OUR COLLEAGUES FOR JOINING US.

THE COUNCIL MEMBER OR MAYOR PRO TEM ALTAR IS HERE WITH US.

AND I SEE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOBO IS WITH US VIRTUALLY, UM, COUNCIL MEMBER.

TOVO YOUR HAND WAS RAISED.

YEAH.

I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS.

THANKS SO MUCH.

UM, CHAIR AND THIS REALLY LINKS, UH, JUST TO WHERE AND I WAS WATCHING YOU GUYS, SORRY.

I, I DIDN'T HAVE A LINK FOR THE MEETING FOR A BIT, BUT I WAS WATCHING A LITTLE BIT OF THE CONVERSATION BEFORE I JOINED, BUT MAY I HAVE YOUR, YOUR QUESTIONS I THINK ARE VERY MUCH IN LINE WITH MINE.

AND WE DID HAVE A PRETTY SUCCESSFUL AND SUCCESSFULLY SUBSCRIBED FOR AWHILE PROGRAM CALLED CERT AND I'VE FORGOTTEN WHAT THAT STANDARD FOR, BUT I THINK THAT MAY BE A STRUCTURE THAT WOULD WORK FOR WHAT THE MAYOR'S DESCRIBING, BECAUSE THEY WERE INDIVIDUALS THAT, THAT SIGNED UP THAT VOLUNTEERED PRETTY IDENTIFIED TO BE PART OF OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THEY GOT SOME LEVEL OF EQUIPMENT AND SOME LEVEL OF TRAINING, AND THEN THE CITY HAD, YOU KNOW, A COORDINATED WAY OF REACHING OUT TO THEM.

MAY.

I'M NOT SURE IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THAT.

I KNOW IT, I DON'T THINK IT'S BEEN, I REMEMBER IT FROM BEFORE I GOT ON COUNCIL.

SO IT'S BEEN THAT LONG SINCE I'VE HEARD ABOUT IT.

WHEN I, WHEN I ASKED THIS

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QUESTION DURING OUR, OUR DEBRIEFING AFTER THE STORM LAST YEAR, I THINK I WAS TOLD, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE IS CERT AND WENT TO THE PAGE AND IT IT'S VERY CLEAR.

IT'S NOT AS ACTIVE AS IT ONCE DID.

I MEAN, I KNEW PEOPLE WHO HAD LIKE GLOVES AND BUCKETS AND OTHER KINDS OF THINGS, AND HAD GONE THROUGH THE TRAINING IN DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, BECAUSE CERTAINLY PARTNERED, I THINK AT THAT TIME WITH THE AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOODS COUNCIL TO KIND OF GET THAT WORK GOING.

BUT I THINK, UM, ANYWAY, SO I WOULD ASK AND MAYBE A VERY DIRECTIVE WAY MAYOR, IT WOULD MAKE SENSE TO GET OUR, UH, CITY MANAGER LOOKING AT CERT AS PART AS, UH, OR TO SERVE THE PURPOSES THAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING OF REALLY REACHING OUT TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO PRE IDENTIFY THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

AND I THINK THAT COULD PROVIDE A STRUCTURE FOR THIS SORT OF RESPONSE.

UM, I GUESS MY OTHER QUESTION REALLY LEADS BACK, LEADS US BACK TO GROCERY STORES.

I KNOW SEVERAL OF US REACHED OUT TO AISD AND GOT AISD IN TOUCH WITH, WITH YOU ALL AT VARIOUS POINTS.

UM, I'M INTERESTED IN SEEING THE ACTION PLAN WITH REGARD TO OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL.

LIKE WHAT ARE THE, ESPECIALLY WITH AISD, WHICH USES A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, HAS THE ABILITY AS WE LEARNED TO GET RESOURCES INTO THE COMMUNITY PRETTY QUICKLY, THEY HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH DISTRIBUTORS THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE ONES THAT THE CITY UTILIZES.

THEY WERE ABLE TO GET US WATER UP THROUGH THEIR RESOURCES PRETTY QUICKLY.

ONCE, ONCE I HOOKED UP, UM, ONE OF THE AISD PEOPLE TO OUR CITY STAFF MEMBER, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE AN ACTION PLAN FOR THOSE GROCERY STORES.

AND SO I WONDER IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO THAT, THAT PIECE OF IT, UM, DIRECTOR, IS THERE, DO YOU HAVE NOW LIKE A LIST OF THE GROCERY STORES AND SOME MECHANIZED COORDINATED WAY OF COMMUNICATING WITH THEM AND A STAFF MEMBER TASKED WITH THAT PIECE OF THE RESPONSE? I KNOW SEVERAL OF US HEARD EARLIER DURING WINTER STORM THAT COSTCO, YOU KNOW, THAT PEOPLE WERE SHOWING UP AT A SAM'S CLUB OR COSTCO.

I CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH, BUT STAFF MEMBERS CAME OUT AND SAID, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO OPEN BECAUSE THE CITY TOLD US TO STAY CLOSED AND YOU KNOW, IT, AND WITH A WORK OF A COUPLE OF OUR COUNCIL OFFICES, MINE, AND I THINK SOMEBODY ELSE'S, WE WERE ABLE TO CONNECT THEM UP AND, AND, AND GET THAT RESOLVED.

BUT WHAT IS THE PLAN MOVING FORWARD? I KNOW YOU SPOKE TO MAKING SURE THAT THOSE RELATIONSHIPS EXIST.

IS THERE SOME KIND OF MASTER LIST? NOPE, SORRY.

COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THOSE KINDS OF STORES THAT YOU CAN REACH OUT TO AND A COORDINATED WAY.

AND A STAFF MEMBER TASKED WITH COMMUNICATING IN THE TIME OF EMERGENCY, UH, DIRECTOR ROTC BEFORE YOU ANSWER COUNCIL MEMBER TABLEAU.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WERE ON THE LINE WITH US WHEN HE DESCRIBED IT.

UM, DOCTORAL THESIS, IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT A PILOT THAT YOU ALL ARE WORKING ON WITH GABA, FOR COMMUNITY CERT TRAININGS.

UM, IF YOU COULD GO BACK, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS ABOUT WHERE YOU HEAR TALK TO IT, I MISS THAT.

SO IF YOU'VE ALREADY GOT, I THINK IT'S WORTH REPEATING BECAUSE I ACTUALLY HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPECIFIC DETAILS.

SO I THINK IT'S WORTH HIM, HIM REPEATING.

SO YOU, UM, UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PLAN IS FOR THEM WITH THIS PILOT, UM, INCLUDING SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WHILE YOU'RE ANSWERING HER QUESTION ABOUT THE CERT PILOT, IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO, I KNOW YOU SAID YOU DON'T HAVE SOMEBODY TO DIRECT THE EFFORT YET, BUT IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO WHAT QUALIFICATIONS THAT PERSON HAS, LIKE, WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A PERSON TO LEAD THAT EFFORT? UM, WHEN WE GET EXPECTED FOR THE PILOT TO ROLL OUT AND HOW LONG WE EXPECT FOR THE PILOT TO LESS.

SO LET ME BACK MACK UP A LITTLE BIT.

THE PRODUCT TO MY RIVAL, THE CITY HAD A ONE CERT TEAM APPROACH STRATEGY.

THE CHALLENGE WAS THAT YOU HAD A LARGE MEMBERSHIP LOOKING FOR DIRECTIONS, BUT THOSE WERE INDIVIDUALS FALL INTO A LARGER POOL.

AND THE CERT PROGRAM REALLY IS DESIGNED US AS THE NAME IMPLIES COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM CENTER AROUND A SMALLER GEOGRAPHIC AREA.

SO THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THOSE SITUATIONS AROUND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEY'RE NOT REPLACED FIRE POLICE OR EMS OR ANY OF THE OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS, BUT DURING THE INTENT IS FOR THEM TO BE THERE AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL TO HELP THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY LIVE IN, BE ABLE TO, UH, UH, RESPOND AND, AND BE IN AND BE SAFE FROM, UH, FROM ANY FUTURE EMERGENCY DISASTER.

WHAT WE STARTED DOING SEVERAL YEARS AGO AS ENGAGED WITH, UH, GO AUSTIN, MAMAS, AUSTIN, AND TAKE THAT CERT PROGRAM AND, AND, AND THOSE THAT MATERIAL AND BRING IT DOWN INTO A, A TEACHABLE MODEL THAT CAN BE, UH, THE, THE SEMINATED TO DELIVERED AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL.

UM, WE HAVE STABBED

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THIS, ENGAGING WITH THEM, UH, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, UM, MY PUBLIC INFORMATION AND MARKETING OFFICER MOVED ON AND WE'RE ABOUT TO MAKE A NEW SELECTION FUNDING PERSON, BUT THAT PERSON WILL THEN ALLOW US TO ENGAGE NOT ONLY WITH GABA, BUT WITH THE OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS AND BEGIN THAT WORK THAT HAS NECESSARILY NECESSARY TO REPLICATE THAT TRAINING MECHANISM AND SPREAD IT AROUND TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD LEVELS.

THERE IS A NEED FOR A CONSTANT, UM, UM, ENGAGEMENT WITH THOSE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS.

AND WHAT WE'RE LOOKING TO DO IS, UH, AS PART OF OUR DISASTER RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC, WE BROUGHT IN A LOT OF RETIRED FIREFIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS.

WE THAT HAVE SOME OF THAT LEVEL OF TRAINING AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

WE'RE HOPING THAT WE HAVE THE FUNDS TO BE ABLE TO USE THAT DISASTER RESERVISTS TEAM, TO ENGAGE WITH THE, WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS AND PROVIDE SPECIFIC CERT TRAINING WITH THE PULPS OF NOT HAVING ONE CITY-WIDE TEAM, BUT HAVING A HUNDRED NEIGHBORHOOD BASE TEAMS THAT CAN BE CENTERED AROUND A, A NEIGHBORHOOD AND APARTMENT COMPLEX, A, UH, HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION, DEPENDING ON WHERE THE NEED IS.

WE NEED TO EMPOWER THE, OUR RESIDENTS TO HELP TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.

AND IT IS A WAY OF LEVERAGING THOSE EFFORTS.

AND THOSE WERE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE SAW HAPPENING AUTOMATICALLY, UH, AS PART OF THE WINTER STORM RESPONSE, APARTMENT COMPLEXES, YOU HAD RESIDENTS THERE.

THIS IS, HEY, I, I HAVE FOOD.

LET ME HELP COORDINATE, BRING THE DIFFERENT RESORTS TOGETHER.

AND THEY WERE TAKING CARE OF THEMSELVES AS BEST AS THEY COULD.

WE NEED TO COME IN AND HELP THEM WITH ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, GIVE THEM SOME TRAINING, GIVE THEM SOME, SOME TOOLS AND CAPABILITIES SO THAT THEY CAN BE, UH, EMPOWERED TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.

THE EFFORT THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH GWAS AND VAMOS AUSTIN, UM, IS BEING ROLLED OUT AS WE SPEAK.

AND I THINK WE'RE VERY CLOSE TO TAKING THAT MODEL AND START REPLICATING IN OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER PLACES OF THE COMMUNITY, BUT REALLY WHAT IT IS, IS TAKING THAT CERT TRAINING AND PUTTING IT AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEVEL.

I BELIEVE, UH, COUNCIL MEMBER TOVO HAD OTHER QUESTIONS.

DO YOU, WOULD YOU LIKE TO REPEAT YOUR QUESTION FOR DIRECTORY ORDER DC? YEAH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND, UM, I'M FAMILIAR WITH THE GABA WORK.

UM, AND I, I WOULD JUST EMPHASIZE SOMETHING THE MAYOR SAID, WHICH IS IT'S ALSO, I APPRECIATE THAT IT SHOULD BE LOCAL AND NEIGHBORHOOD FOCUSED, AND I AGREE, BUT I THINK THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FOCUS TO REACH SOME OF THOSE POPULATIONS, UM, THAT WILL, THAT WILL NEED THOSE TRUSTED LEADERS WHO MAY OR MAY NOT RESIDE WITHIN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEN THE OTHER QUESTION WAS ABOUT AND APOLOGIES.

AND PLEASE, UM, DON'T JUST DIRECT ME BACK TO THE TAPE.

IF, IF YOU'VE ALREADY COVERED THIS TOO, I HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT WANTING TO DEVELOP THOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH GROCERY STORES.

IS THERE SOME KIND OF COMPREHENSIVE LIST THAT YOU HAVE AN A, AN, A COMMUNICATION MECHANISM AND A REGULAR CHECK-IN WITH THEM AS LARGE DISTRIBUTORS, UM, OR LARGE, LARGE GROCERY STORES.

AND DO YOU HAVE A STAFF PERSON TASKED WITH THAT, WITH THAT RESPONSIBILITY? UM, WE HAVE, UH, IDENTIFIED, UH, THE LARGER DISTRIBUTORS, THE WALMARTS AND THE HBS THAT HAVE, UH, A, THEY ACTUALLY HAVE AN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMPONENT WITHIN THEIR ORGANIZATIONS.

AND SO WE HAVE, UM, UH, ENGAGED WITH THEM AND WE ENGAGED WITH THEM WHENEVER WE HAVE THOSE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, UH, CONDITION.

SO, UM, IT WAS, UH, IT WAS VERY HELPFUL, UH, TO BRING THE, BRING THEM IN, UH, DURING WINTER STORM URI.

UH, IT'S NOT ALL COMPREHENSIVE THERE, YOU HAVE A LOT OF SMALLER, UH, GROCERY STORES, NEIGHBORHOOD, GROCERY STORES, WHEREAS IS A, IS MORE OF A CHALLENGE.

SO IDENTIFY, UM, A REPRESENTATIVE FOR ALL OF THEM.

WE'RE HOPING THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE'LL BE UTILIZING THE DIFFERENT CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE TO HELP US ENGAGE WITH THEM.

IN THAT LEVEL.

I DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC PERSON IDENTIFIED WHERE THAT, UH, TO, TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW.

UM, BUT WE'RE HOPING THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE'LL GET ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO, UH, TO CARRY THAT MISSION OUT.

UH, RON NOW, WHERE LEVERAGING THAT RESPONSIBILITY WITH OUR, OUR PLANNING GROUP TO ENGAGE WITH THEM PERIODICALLY, UH, AND TRY TO, UH, UH, BUILD THAT RAPPORT AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND ENGAGE THEM IN, IN TRAINING OR AN EXERCISES, UH, AS BEST AS WE CAN, BUT THERE IS A NEED FOR A BROADER,

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UH, ENGAGEMENT THAT, UM, UH, THAT IS NECESSARY TO REACH THE LEVEL OF COLLABORATION THAT WE HOPE TO, TO DEVELOP AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

IS THAT SUFFICIENT COUNCIL MEMBER.

THANK YOU.

UM, DID ANYBODY COUNCILMEMBER ALTER, THANK YOU, TARA.

UM, MR. ORTIZ, UM, I WANTED TO JUST CONFIRM FOR TOMORROWS FOR TOMORROW'S SESSION WAS MY UNDERSTAND THAT WAS JUST COUNCIL MEMBERS.

SHOULD WE BE BRINGING STAFF TO THAT? UM, WE LIMITED TO COUNCIL MEMBERS AND IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT LEVEL OF, OF, UH, UH, POLICY LEVELS, NOT ONLY FROM THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, BUT THEN REPRESENTATION TO THE OTHER, UH, CITY DEPARTMENTS THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO HAVE THAT ENGAGEMENT, UH, AS WELL.

OKAY.

BUT SHOULD OUR STAFF BE THERE TO WATCH IT? I KNOW THEY'RE NOT PARTICIPATING.

UM, WE CAN ROOM.

OKAY.

I JUST SOUNDS LIKE FOR SOME OF THAT STUFF, THEY WOULD BE THE ONES EXECUTING CERTAIN PIECES OF IT.

SO IT MIGHT WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES TOMORROW, BUT IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING AS A, AS A FOLLOW ON TO MAKE SURE THAT SOME OF OUR STAFF HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, UM, TO ALSO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE UNDERSTANDING THE ROLES IN, IN THAT PROCESS IN A FUTURE ITERATION OF THAT.

UM, I WANTED TO CONTINUE, IF I CAN ADD WHAT WE CAN DO IS, IS, UM, UH, SCHEDULE ON ANOTHER SESSION OF THAT COURSE, A LATER TIME THAT IS DESIGNED MORE FOR THE, UH, YOUR STAFF AND OTHER, UH, OTHER LEVELS OF MANAGEMENT AS WELL TO ATTEND.

SO WE CAN DO THAT.

THAT MIGHT BE GREAT.

UM, WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES TOMORROW, BUT I THINK THAT A GOOD IDEA.

UM, I WANTED TO ASK, UM, WE'VE BEEN HAVING A LOT MORE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EVACUATION, UM, IN FACE OF A WILDFIRE.

UM, CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ME, WHAT IS THE ROLE OF, UM, IN COORDINATING AND LEADING, UM, THE EVACUATION PORTION OF WILDFIRE EVENT? SO THE ROLE OF HAYSOM, UM, PRIMARILY IS TO ENSURE THAT WE, UM, ARE COORDINATED WITH MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS.

WHENEVER THERE'S AN INCIDENT REQUIRES MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS.

WE RESPONDED IN A WALL AND FIRE WHERE THERE ARE COMMUNITY-WIDE EVACUATIONS.

UM, WE WILL BE ACTIVATING THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER, BRING IN REPRESENTATION FROM THE DIFFERENT CITY AND COMMUNITY DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL AS THE COUNTY AND BE COORDINATING THOSE EVACUATION EFFORTS.

AND, UH, AND, AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE, UH, ALSO GETTING THE, ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT MAY BE REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN THOSE EVACUATIONS, WHETHER THERE'LL BE BUSES FROM CAPITOL METRO OR A SCHOOL DISTRICT, UH, COORDINATING THE, THE, ANY ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT MAY REQUIRE THEM TO COME FROM THE STATE, WHETHER THEY'RE FROM TEXAS FORESTRY SERVERS OR FROM, UH, DPS, IF WE ARE FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD, IF WE NEED, UH, REESE AIR ASSETS TO HELP PUT OUT THE FIRE AT A HIGH LEVEL, THE EVACUATION DECISION, ONCE IT'S MADE FROM THE INCIDENT COMMAND POST, IT WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO US, UH, AND EOC, AS WELL AS OTHER, UH, KEY PLAYERS IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE WILL BE COMMUNICATING THAT, UH, WE'LL BE UTILIZING OUR PUBLIC INFORMATION TEAM TO COMMUNICATE THAT TO THE COMMUNITY AND, AND, AND, AND BE GIVEN GUIDANCE AND PROTECTIVE ACTIONS FOR THOSE THAT ARE IMPACTED OR WHAT THEY CAN DO TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND TO, AND HOW TO EVACUATE AS WELL AS, UH, THOSE THAT ARE NOT IMPACTED GIVING THEM RECOMMENDATIONS OR A REQUEST FOR THEM TO STAY OUT OF THE AREA.

WE WILL BE ESTABLISHING A COMMUNITY REFUGE POINTS, AND WE WILL BE SENDING REPRESENTATIVES AT THOSE COMMUNITY REFERENCE POINTS, UH, TO ASSESS THE, UH, THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTS THAT HAVE EVACUATED AND ADD THOSE TO THOSE POINTS, AND THEN BE COMMUNICATING WITH THOSE RESIDENTS WHERE PERMANENT A, UH, SHELTER IS ESTABLISHED TO GUIDE THEM OUT OF THE AREA AND BE ABLE TO TAKE BEGIN TO ASSESS THEIR NEEDS AND BE ABLE TO, UM, UH, COORDINATE WITH THEM.

SO IT'S THAT COORDINATION THAT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN THE FIRE POLICE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, TRAVIS COUNTY EMS, UH, AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY EMS, OUR CODE DEPARTMENT, OUR WATER DEPARTMENT, AUSTIN ENERGY, ALL THOSE MAJOR DEPARTMENTS THAT HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN THE RESPONSE TO, UH, TO THE FIRE, BUT THEN ALSO ALL OF THE OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

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LIKE, UH, RED CROSS AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK, THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO LOOK AT THE CONSEQUENCE MANAGEMENT OF THE IMPACT OF THE DISASTER, AND BEGIN TO ADDRESS THAT COMMUNITY LEVEL RESPONSE, UH, TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE REFERENCE LOCATIONS FOR THE PEOPLE TO GO TO AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SHELTERS BEGIN BEGINNING TO OPEN SO THAT WE CAN GET THEM OUT OF THOSE REFERENCE LOCATIONS, INTO A SAFER LOCATION AND BE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM AND DETERMINE WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GO BACK QUICKLY OR WHETHER THEY'RE GOING TO NEED TO STAY OUT FOR A MUCH LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.

IF IT'S A LEVEL OF A FIRE THAT WILL REQUIRE COMMUNITY EVACUATIONS TO UP TO THAT POINT, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE DEALING WITH THE, UH, THE DISASTER RECOVERY ASPECTS, BRINGING IN THE CODE, UH, AND BUILDING OFFICIALS TO COME IN AND ASSESS THE DAMAGE AND DETERMINE, UH, WHAT AREAS WILL BE NEED TO BE, UH, ALLOW BACK IN.

AND HOW DO YOU DO THAT? THAT MAY BE A DAY OR TWO, OR EVEN SEVERAL DAYS DOWN THE LINE.

UH, IN THE MEANTIME, WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF COMMUNICATING WITH THOSE FOLKS THAT HAD TO EVACUATE AND BE TAKING CARE OF THEM AS BEST AS WE CAN.

THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STAY AT THE SHELTER.

THEY CAN GO TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OR MAKE THEIR OWN ARRANGEMENTS, BUT THOSE THAT NEED A SHELTER, WE WILL BE MEETING THOSE NEEDS.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, THERE'S A LOT IN THERE.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT IS THIS PERCEPTION THAT WE HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN AND NOBODY KNOWS WHAT IT SAYS, AND NOBODY KNOWS WHAT TO DO.

UM, AND I THINK THERE'S A REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT ROLE, UM, FOR HAYSOM IN CHANGING THAT AND LEADING THE EFFORTS WITH RESPECT TO VARIOUS, UM, DEPARTMENTS.

YOU KNOW, WHEN I, WHEN I START ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE, OKAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, WHO, WHO KNOWS HOW TO REVERSE FLOW TRAFFIC ON 22, 22? SO YOU CAN GET PEOPLE OUT OF THE WAY OF A WILDFIRE.

UM, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S NOT CLEAR THAT THOSE DOTS ARE BEING CONNECTED.

AND, AND SO I'D LOVE TO CONTINUE THIS CONVERSATION OUTSIDE OF THIS FORUM, PERHAPS, BUT, UM, I REALLY THINK THAT THERE'S AN IMPORTANT ROLE AND IT REQUIRES A LOT OF ADVANCED PREPARATION.

AND, AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF PIECES THAT YOU'RE DOING FOR, FOR OTHER DISASTERS, BUT I THINK THERE'S SOME VERY SPECIFIC ONES, UM, FOR THIS, THAT I, THAT I, THAT I'M CONCERNED.

UM, IT WOULDN'T FEEL MUCH BETTER KNOWING THAT YOU'RE ON TOP OF, SO I WOULD APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AT A DEEPER LEVEL, IF I CAN.

UH, JUST ONE MORE COMMENT.

UM, YOU MENTIONED, UM, UH, CONTRAFLOW, UM, RE UH, THAT IS, UM, EVEN IN A HURRICANE SCENARIO, HAVING EXPERIENCED BEING IN A COMMUNITY WHERE WE HAD TO EVACUATE FOR A HURRICANE, AND WE CAN SEE THE HURRICANE COMING IN FOR MULTIPLE DAYS.

UH, IT WAS A VERY DAUNTING TASK FOR THE STATE TO BE ABLE TO DO A CONTRAFLOW.

UH, I THINK THAT WHAT IS GOING TO BE KEY IN OUR COMMUNITY TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL EVACUATION IS TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE ENGAGING WITH THE PUBLIC EARLY, WHEN THERE ARE THE FIRE DANGER HAZARDS ARE PRESENT AND MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE FROM REFAMILIARIZING WITH THEIR PLANS ON WHAT THEY ARE GOING, OR HOW THEY'RE GOING AND WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE WITH YOU, BECAUSE IF THERE IS AN EVACUATION THEN IS MADE IS THEN THAT EVACUATION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN.

UH, PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE ACTION VERY QUICKLY.

AND IF YOUR DATA'S NOT, THAT IS A WORST TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE, BECAUSE YOU'RE MAKING THAT BE, HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE AS YOUR OWN LIFE OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS LIVES.

AND SO GOING BACK TO THOSE PILLARS OF PREPAREDNESS THAT I TALKED ABOUT MAKING A PLAN, AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MAKING A PLAN IS MAKING A PLAN BASED ON WHERE YOU LIVE, WHAT YOUR HAZARDS ARE.

AND IF YOU LIVE IN A PART OF THE CITY WHERE WALLEN FIRE IS A DANGER, THEN YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IT THAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE YOURSELF IN ORDER TO EVACUATE.

UH, AND, AND, UH, WHEN THAT ORDER IS GIVEN AND COMMUNICATE THAT WITH YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR NEIGHBORS, BECAUSE, UM, YOUR NEIGHBORS CAN BE ALSO PART OF THE, UH, THE, THE KEY TO SUCCESS.

IF THEY ARE CLOGGING UP THE ARTERIES OR EVACUATION, THEN WE WILL PUT A LOT MORE PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER.

SO I, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU ON ALL THAT.

AND, AND THOUGH I DO NOT BELIEVE WE ARE YET SET WITH OUR EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS, UM, YOU KNOW, TO DO THE THINGS SO THAT WE'RE NOT DOING THOSE AT THE LAST MINUTE, SO WE'RE PREPARED, UM, AND YOU MAY BE PREPARED, BUT I STILL THINK THERE'S AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK TO BE DONE FOR OUR

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BATTALION CHIEFS FOR, FOR OUR POLICE OFFICERS TO KNOW WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO DO FOR ATD, TO KNOW WHERE THEY'RE STEPPING IN, IN THE EVENT OF, OF THE WILDFIRE, WHICH HAPPENS TO JUST BE THE DISASTER THAT I KNOW MOST ABOUT.

NOT THAT THE OTHER ONES WON'T HAPPEN OR AREN'T IMPORTANT.

SO I WANT TO CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION.

MY LAST QUESTION, HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE BRIEF.

WE HAD ASKED WHEN WE GOT THE AFTER ACTION REPORTS FROM STURM YURI, UM, TO HAVE A MID-YEAR BUDGET AMENDMENT.

SO WE WERE NOT WAITING UNTIL THE NEXT BUDGET, UM, TO GET YOU ADDITIONAL RESOURCES.

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THAT BUDGET AMENDMENT? BECAUSE I IMAGINE YOU NEED MORE RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO PLAN AT THE LEVEL THAT WE'RE ASKING YOU TO PLAN THE SHORT ANSWER.

YES, WE DO NEED MORE RESOURCES, AND WE ARE WORKING WITH THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE ON, UH, THE BEST WAY TO, UH, UM, TO COME BACK TO COUNCIL WITH, UH, UH, ADDRESSING SOME OF THOSE NEEDS.

BUT I WOULD SAY I WOULD, I NEED TO LET THE, UH, CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE ANSWER THAT QUESTION A BIT BETTER THAN, THAN I CAN.

I KNOW THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM, UH, SPECIFICALLY ON, ON TRYING TO ADDRESS THOSE NEEDS AS BEST AS WE CAN AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

AND I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE BEING DIPLOMATIC AND, AND I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, BUT IF MR. ARIANO OR I THINK HE'S ON VACATION, BUT I'M NOT SURE WHO'S STEPPING IN FOR HIM, UM, YOU KNOW, JUST WANT TO REITERATE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE ALL IDENTITIES, ALL IDENTIFIED, BEING PREPARED FOR DISASTERS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

UM, COLLECTIVELY AS A COUNCIL, WE STATED THAT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE WERE ADDRESSING THESE NEEDS MID-YEAR AND NOT WAITING UNTIL THE END.

UM, I'VE EXPRESSED ALL THIS TO CITY MANAGER BEFORE, BUT I THINK IT'S, IT'S IMPORTANT, UM, FOR US TO REITERATE THIS AS A PRIORITY.

AND IF WE WANT OUR, OUR UNITS TO BE PREPARED, WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU THE RESOURCES TO DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COLLEAGUES? I HAVE SEVERAL OF MY OWN, BUT, UM, IN THE INTEREST OF TIME, I'M LOOKING AT THE TIME IT'S THREE AND THREE, AND WE STILL HAVE SEVERAL OTHER PRESENTATIONS, I THINK, AS OPPOSED TO, I'M GOING TO ASK A FEW QUESTIONS AND THEN WHAT I'LL ALSO DO IS MAKE SOME STATEMENTS JUST TO SORT OF PREPARE YOU FOR THE KINDS OF QUESTIONS THAT MY OFFICE WILL BE SENDING.

UM, AND TH THE THINGS THAT WE'RE THINKING.

UM, SO I THINK MOST OF, UH, WHAT I'D LIKE TO ASK HAS TO, AT LEAST TO SOME DEGREE BEEN ADDRESSED, UM, BY MY COLLEAGUES QUESTIONS, WHICH IS GREAT, ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, THE FOLLOWUP ON MAYOR PRO TEM ALTERS POINT ABOUT WHEN WE PREPARE, UM, IT, IT, IT, THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW WHERE IT FEELS LIKE WE'RE, WE'RE PREPARING AT THE LAST MINUTE, UM, AS OPPOSED TO, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE SHOULD BE PREPARING FOR SUMMER AND THE FALL, YOU KNOW, AS SOON AS SUMMER ENDS.

UM, SO THAT'S IT, I, I HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT WHEN WE PREPARE, UM, TO MAYOR ADLER'S POINT ABOUT SORT OF COMPREHENSIVE, UM, UNILATERAL EXPECTATIONS COUNCIL EXPECTS THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE, EXPECTS COMMUNITY LEADERS EXPECT JUST HAVING SOMETHING IN THE WAY OF PROTOCOL, I THINK WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

UM, YOU PROBABLY RECALL THAT DURING THE COURSE OF WINTER STORM YURI, WHICH IN A LOT OF WAYS, THERE WERE SO MANY EMERGENCIES THAT PRESENTED THEMSELVES, BUT THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, UM, ESPECIALLY WITH THEM TRYING TO COORDINATE WITH HESSAM WITH THE CITY, WITH, I MEAN, IT WAS A TRUE DISASTER, JUST SORT OF WATCHING ALL THOSE SYSTEMS COLLIDE INTO ONE ANOTHER, INCLUDING, AND THIS IS PRETTY GRANULAR, BUT IT WAS, IT'S SOMETHING THAT I, YOU KNOW, YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WE WERE DEALING WITH FOR MONTHS AFTER WE ADDRESSED SOME OF THOSE CONCERNS.

THERE WERE FOLKS WHO JUMPED IN WITH THE PROMISE TO BE PAID, UM, BUT NOT HAVING BEEN CERTIFIED VENDORS WITH THE CITY HELD UP THERE, BEING PAID.

UM, TH THAT I WON'T GO INTO ALL THE THINGS, BUT THERE WERE MULTIPLE THINGS THAT MADE IT, SO THAT THESE ORGANIZATIONS THEY GAVE THE TIME THEY GAVE THE HOURS, THEY USE THEIR RESOURCES.

UM, BUT DIDN'T GET PAID FOR MONTHS, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK THAT'S, UH, SOMETHING WE NEED TO ADDRESS IMMEDIATELY.

I MEAN, EVEN IF THE ONLY THING WE DO IS LEVEL SET AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS COMING TO THE TABLE WITH THE SAME EXPECTATIONS ABOUT HOW THE PROCESS WILL WORK.

I THINK TO SOME DEGREE WE WERE REACTING SO MUCH THAT WE SET PEOPLE UP FOR FAILURE, AND I WOULD REALLY RATHER NOT, YOU KNOW, GET MONTHS WORTH OF, I MEAN, I REALLY AM.

I'M ABOUT TO GET MY CAR REPOED CAUSE I GAVE THE CITY ALL OF MY TIME AND MY MONEY AND YOU GUYS HAVEN'T PAID ME BACK YET.

THAT WAS, IT WAS HEART-WRENCHING.

AND SO THAT'S