Gila County Local Emergency Planning Committee March 31

Although we remain within an ongoing state of emergency declared and affirmed at the local, county, state and national level, that doesn’t stop first responders from preparing for other disasters. Police and fire chiefs from across Gila County will be in Globe March 31 along with Gila County Emergency Management staff for the annual conference of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Emergency planners who aren’t already on the invitation list, and should be, are invited to signup at, call Jason Gillette at (480) 721-3855 or email [email protected]

“Our conference has two main objectives. First is to convene and update all of our members, and second is to explore a few topics that are specific to emergency planning as we’ve experienced it during this past year of the pandemic, as well as demonstrate the importance of building and maintaining partnerships well before an emergency arises,” said Emergency Management Specialist Justin Quarles, of the Gila County Office of Emergency Management.

“Another topic will be the successes and challenges of responding when communication or support is not effective.”

This month’s session will be held in person, notable because meetings over the past year were either postponed or conducted virtually due to pandemic precautions and limitations. Fire Chief and LEPC Chair David Staub was among the first wave of Gila County’s first responders to be vaccinated with Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The Gila County LEPC Conference is a collaborative between Gila County LEPC Chair and Fire Chief David Staub, Gila County and Guild Consulting. The objective is to provide Gila County LEPC members, first responders, healthcare and industry partners an opportunity to learn about how essential relationships and partnerships are when responding to an emergency. The key focus will be on how to build effective and expansive relationships with key partners This has proven critical in the success of Gila County’s ability to test, provide essential workers PPE and provide timely information to the community and partners. This conference will also provide a Tabletop Exercise (TTX) to learn how important relationships are when responding to a hazardous material emergency during a pandemic.

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