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Seven volunteers help Woodside prepare for disaster

In anticipation of a natural disaster -- whether a wildfire, major earthquake, flood or landslide -- the town of Woodside recently formed a Emergency Preparedness Committee, made up of seven volunteers. Their role is to help prepare residents to help themselves and each other should the worst come to pass.

The Town Council chose from among 10 applicants at its May 27 meeting. After disqualifying one person who was already on another major town committee, and two people on grounds that they reside outside the town's incorporated limits, the council settled on four members for two-year terms and three for one-year terms.

In the two-year group are Jon Castor, Vickie Coe (Mitchell), Carol Welsh and Barbara Wood. Serving for one year will be William Hindson, Douglas Keyston and Judy Romines.

The 6-0 vote was unanimous, with Councilman Ron Romines recusing himself because he is married to Judy Romines.

The committee's multifaceted mission, according to a staff report, includes educating the public about the natural hazards, preparing plans and procedures in the event that they're needed, recruiting volunteers, cooperating and coordinating with the Citizens' Emergency Response and Preparedness Program (CERPP), and setting up facilities and capabilities.

The town has long had a Public Safety Committee, which has three members and which will remain in place for the time being, Town Manager Kevin Bryant told the Almanac.

Dave Boyce

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