Sacramento Starts Emergency Planning Meetings


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 19, 2005

Monday, Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo and other city officials are holding the first in a series of public meetings to discuss emergency preparedness.

"We’re certainly not doing this to scare people."

Fargo says while the federal government has removed much of Sacramento from the floodplain, there is still a risk of flooding.

"Well we’re holding this event because I think it’s important for people to know the status of our levees and also what would happen in the event of a levee failure in Sacramento, how people should prepare ahead of time and what the city is doing to prepare."

Representatives from the city fire and police departments and city utilities officials will also be at the meetings. Fargo says they’ll be sharing information with residents about flood risks and emergency preparedness.

"We do plan for disasters in the city but what we’ve found is that a lot of people don’t know what we’ve been doing and we want to make sure that people have more information than they’ve had in the past."

The first meeting is set for Monday at 6:30 PM in the Greenhaven – Pocket neighborhood at the Elks Lodge on Riverside Boulevard