Winters updates emergency operations plan, realigns top 10 risk threats

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Yolo County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Manager Dana Carey presented Councilmembers with an updated Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the City of Winters at the July 5 Winters City Council meeting.

Acknowledging the City is vulnerable to a wide range of emerging and increasing threats, periodic review of those most likely to affect Winters is necessary to consider for future planning.

Carey said the EOP is designed to define the scope of preparedness and emergency management crucial to city departments, like police, fire and public works. The EOP assesses hazard probability and operational management.

The June 2022 EOP revision updates the March 2017 plan. The operational goals of the EOP are to save lives, protect health, safety, property and preserve the environment.

The City Manager and representatives from her departments met with OES to go through a list of potential threats “line-by-line.”

Through this process and a series of analysis, risk factor scores were reached and the top ten threats charted and made part of the updated EOP.

Carey said currently there are 48 hazards that are reviewed annually and then rated based on:

  • The probability that they could happen;
  • The extent of damage if they happen;
  • The negative impact to property, resources and human being if they happen;
  • The preparedness and response of the city to each hazard.

Risk assessment, Carey said, was one of the main revisions to the June 2022 EOP and was updated to address changing risks and strengthen the city’s

emergency preparedness and management systems associated with those risks.

The group reviewed three categories of risks: technological, man-made and natural.

The two highest risk threat scores potentially affecting Winters fell in the technological category and were given to Cyberterrorism and Informational systems.

As an example of changes in rating threats, the 2017 EOP scored the threat of drought below that of tornados and terrorism. Notably, the 2017 EOP rated the threat of wildfires equal to that of tornados and terrorism.

However, the June 2022 EOP dropped both tornados and terrorism from the top-10 list while the threat of drought has now been given a risk factor equal to that of wildfires and earthquakes.

“It is also important to note that just because a risk drops off the top 10 chart does not mean that it still isn’t a risk to the City. It just means that the various factors that we rate the risks on may have changed and made other risks prioritized higher. It also means that we will prioritize searches for funding and response enhancements on the top 10 hazards,” Carey responded in an email to the Express.

Council unanimously approved Resolution 2022 and updates to the June 2022 EOP as presented.

The 73-page EOP document can be found on the “Health & Safety” tab at www.cityofwinters.org.

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