Informing Public Of Disaster Plans

Some Belmont village officials are concerned that members of the public are not aware of first responders’ plans to handle a major disaster. The issue came up during a village council meeting, when fire department Lt. Kaye

Hall reported on a major fire May 30 at a well pad near Belmont.

The blaze did not result in any threat to the public, but Belmont Mayor Stan Sobel questioned what steps would have been taken in the event of such a problem. Hall responded that emergency agencies throughout the county have a comprehensive response plan. “All we have to do is make a phone call and everything starts rolling,” she said.

“I think it would be a good idea if (the public) knew what to look for,” Councilman Dan Scott commented.

It would. Informing area residents throughout our gas-rich area about details of emergency plans would be appropriate. Local government officials should make that happen.

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