The September 24, 2015 DHRA monthly Face-to-Face meeting was opened by Mary Turton, KC9APG, DHRA Secretary. Mary opened the meeting excusing our president, Steve Riska, KE5BAD, who was home resting after a recent heart attack.
Our guest speaker was Brent Slack, Chairman of the Draper Emergency Preparedness District Representative Committee (DEPDRC, and lovingly dubbed the District Rep Committee). Brent spoke on the re-emphasis of Neighborhood Watch in Draper with the help of Draper Police’s own, new Debi D’Amico, the parttime crime prevention specialist at City Hall. He also explained how the City’s emergency operation plan began in 2006, and in about 2011, the City rolled out its FEMA plan for Districts, and Districts with District Leaders, District Reps, Area Leaders and Area Reps. To get a jump start on running this plan, the City used the boundaries of already existing 9 LDS stakes for the boundaries of the Districts, and they also contacted local LDS stake leaders to help implement this plan and fill the roles of District Leaders and Reps, and Area Leaders and Reps with stake emergency preparedness leaders already in place, but that this plan was to serve and help all residents in the City, regardless of religion or ‘whatever’.
A few newer members in the audience commented that after they were welcomed to the DHRA, they were not contacted by their respective District leaders and would like to hear from them and wanted to be involved. Brent replied that the District Rep Committee needs to do a better job on contacting these persons, especially when these new members are anxious to be active and involved with their community. Mary urged the new members not to wait for their respective District leaders to contact them and to contact them themselves.
Brent also commented that with this City emergency operations plan, the City has not done well on following through and being hands-on working with the District Rep committee (and the DHRA, I might add). And Mary shared that the City is in the process of hiring a new City Emergency Manager as the previous one is no longer with the City, and she is hopeful that this will be an opportunity for change with these problems, moving forward.
The value of CERT-trained citizens was discussed, and also the existence of the 9 CERT trailers that the City purchased and stocked with supplies, one for each District. Dave Smith, N4DSZ, commented that Herriman had a strong City-CERT program running and would like to see that in Draper. Mary Turton responded that Draper hasn’t had a CERT coordinator for the City for some years and that just a few weeks ago, a new civic volunteer has taken on that role — Brady Sines, KG7TKE, of the SunCrest District.
15 people attended tonite’s meeting, including our guest speaker, Brent Slack, and our newest member, Todd Witzel, KE7KGI, from the South Mountain District, who also brought a guest with him, Taylor Redfern, who is interested in getting his amateur radio license. Todd remarked that his 11 yr. old daughter recently got her license, too. Joe Costello, WH6QV, brought his sweet wife, Michelle, with him, and she is planning on getting her license, too.
Alot of energy was felt at tonight’s meeting. The 15 attendees are as follows:
Mavis Glad, KF7QVR
Steve Decho, KE6FX
Clark Miles, KF7PUD
John Watson, WM3V
J.T. Watson, KG7DEV
Taylor Watson, KG7DEW
Nate Burr, KG7PXY
Dave Smith, N4DSZ
Sue Smith, AF7NG
Todd Witzel, KE7KGI
Joe Costello, WH6QV
Mary Turton, KC9APG
The meeting concluded at 8:30pm.