The status of MI Emergency Preparedness
Marrowstone Island (MI)
- Mostly rural with 395 households, 263 families, 837 residents (2000 Census - Wikipedia)
- 6.3 square miles (Map)
- Organized into six (6) EP Sections (each will have several Areas and each Area will have several Neighborhoods) (See www.miep.us/five-sections)
- See Deficiencies and vulnerabilities below.
- See bottom of left sidebar for a link to this web page
MI EP Team
- 5 team members (See www.miep.us/miep-team)
- Meets first Thursday of each month.
- Started in early 2010 to renew and expand Owen Mulkey's team's decade-long emergency preparedness project to 1) organize MI into five (5) Sections (each having five (5) Areas and each Area having five (5) Neighborhoods) and 2) create and maintain a data base of Islanders needs, skills and equipment. (See www.miep.us/five-sections and www.miep.us/codes )
- Holds annual yard sale in July to provide funding for equipment like radios, printing, etc. (See www.miep.us/home/annual-yard-sale)
- Uses private Google Group (GG) mailing lists for team planning, communication and coordination. The primary GG is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island communication network
- MI Emergency Preparedness website - www.miep.us
- Restricted "Island Net" (Yahoo Group) mailing list with 279 subscribers is used to publish emergency preparedness information.
- The "Footer" (of ALL e-mails from the mailing list) is modified periodically to offer different links to important web pages within www.miep.us
- I'm subscribed to Nixle and the DEM blog and forward pertinent posts to the Island Net.
- We have 12 licensed HAM operators
- Web pages on our www.miep.us website (see left sidebar) are filled with instructive information and reminders for Marrowstone Island residents.
- Anticipate holding our first MYN meetings at the beginning of the year.
- Quarterly radio test for all subscribed Islanders to promote use of 2-way radios and HAM. (See Quarterly 2-way radio test and sidebar countdown clock.)
- Entire MIEP Team has participated in one Formidable Footprint exercise; several have done two.
- Tsunami in March was good training opportunity. Several residences were in danger area and alerted.
- A Google Doc spreadsheet data base of Islander's needs, skills and equipment (www.miep.us/codes restricted MIEP DB)
- Indian Island (NAV)
Deficiencies and vulnerabilities
- Vulnerable to long term isolation, if the bridge is closed or damaged
- Few volunteers, low participation, complacency and apathy
- PUD water system with only a dozen hydrants
- Limited first aid
- Aging and fluctuating population
- Tall trees (blow down and fire risk)
- Shoreline exposure
- Indian Island (NAV)
Links to "status" pages of other local EP organizations
I recommend that each JeffCo Neighborhood EP organization (NEP) with a website have a "status" web page (like this one) AND include links to "status" web pages of other NEPs.
- Cape George
- "Calling our Bluff"
- (Click one of the email addresses below to send us a link to your "status" web page so we can add it here.)
Send questions or comments to Pete Hubbard at email@example.com
or our MIEP Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will use this space to post - in reverse chronology - any significant changes to this status web page.