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Name not shown inside City Boundary January 14, 2019, 2:43 PM

Please indicate the following:
I live and work in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
No


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Somewhat


If no or somewhat, what can the City do to help you be prepared?
Tell us in advance where we might and should be prepared to go. What kind of facilities will be available? What utilities might be available? We feel, if we had to, parks might be a good place for groups to congregate. We are prepared with flashlights, some medical supplies, tents and some food supplies, important papers, and some cash. It might be a good idea to provide us with emergency contacts in the form of a magnet which can be placed on a refrigerator.


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
Yes


If yes, describe below.
My husband needs mobility assistance. He currently uses both a scooter and a walker. I am temporarily using a walker pending hip surgery hopefully this summer.


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Newspaper (Benicia Herald or Vallejo Times Herald)


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Friends/Neighbors


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
No, but I would like to learn more about these programs


Does your employer have an Emergency Response Plan in place?
Yes


Does your employer have a Workforce Communications Plan to implement following a disaster so that they are able to contact you?
Yes


Does your employer have an Evacuation Plan and is it posted in a visible location?

Yes


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



If other, please explain.
I actually am self-employed but do some contract work for BUSD and I would look to BUSD for some information.


Please provide us with any additional comments/suggestions/questions that you have regarding the City’s Emergency Operations Plan or Emergency Preparedness
What is the cable station? Is there a specific city sponsored Facebook group I can join?

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 14, 2019, 11:43 AM

Please indicate the following:
I live in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
No


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Yes


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Cable Channel


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor)


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
Yes


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



Please provide us with any additional comments/suggestions/questions that you have regarding the City’s Emergency Operations Plan or Emergency Preparedness
Reinstate BERT into your emergency plans. Organized, trained volunteers can aid staff during emergencies.


Karen Konoske inside City Boundary January 12, 2019, 8:21 PM

Please indicate the following:
I live in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
No


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Yes


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Cable Channel, Local Newspaper (Benicia Herald or Vallejo Times Herald)


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor)


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
Yes


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)


Name not shown inside City Boundary January 9, 2019, 11:08 AM

Please indicate the following:
I live and work in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
No


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Somewhat


If no or somewhat, what can the City do to help you be prepared?
The main problem is notification for example on the May 5th 2017 (Valero flaring incident) we received no notification, no sirens, no shelter in place warnings. Also I'm not sure if I understand shelter in place or where and how to evacuate? How do we handle getting our school children reunited with us in these circumstances? Public instructions about these issues are sorely needed.
Being so close to so many refineries we are at great risk and very unprepared.


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Newspaper (Benicia Herald or Vallejo Times Herald), Other - I'm only familiar with Alert Benicia after May 5th


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
Other - not sure


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
No, but I would like to learn more about these programs


Does your employer have an Emergency Response Plan in place?
No


Does your employer have a Workforce Communications Plan to implement following a disaster so that they are able to contact you?
No


Does your employer have an Evacuation Plan and is it posted in a visible location?

No


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



If other, please explain.
nextdoor, the city website is stagnant and not known for it's up to date info, it is where I go when I want to contact a city official or find info on a permit


Please provide us with any additional comments/suggestions/questions that you have regarding the City’s Emergency Operations Plan or Emergency Preparedness
Public instruction about disaster preparedness is extremely important. The city website should be more active, up to date, with current issues in the city, especially disaster information, and link to city air monitors.

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 9, 2019, 7:41 AM

Please indicate the following:
I live and work in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
Yes


If yes, do you feel that anything is missing? Please include below.
There are several details missing including the role of BERT, funding for implementation and update, stakeholder participation with decision making and community engagement. There should be presentations at schools at a time when working adults can attend.


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Somewhat


If no or somewhat, what can the City do to help you be prepared?
Identify where and how to evacuate. What public facilities are available for high temperature days, and unhealthy air. What are the transit services available if evacuation is ordered. What is the role of restaurants in shelters.


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Newspaper (Benicia Herald or Vallejo Times Herald)


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Friends/Neighbors


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
Yes


Does your employer have an Emergency Response Plan in place?
Yes


Does your employer have a Workforce Communications Plan to implement following a disaster so that they are able to contact you?
Yes


Does your employer have an Evacuation Plan and is it posted in a visible location?

No


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



If other, please explain.
friends


Please provide us with any additional comments/suggestions/questions that you have regarding the City’s Emergency Operations Plan or Emergency Preparedness
How did the draft get developed? What role did the public have in preparing the EOP to meet the public's needs. What role did the BUSD have in the draft. What role did businesses have in the development of the draft. Will there be a stakeholders task force to share ideas and information rather than just presentations and reaction.

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 8, 2019, 1:06 PM

Please indicate the following:
I live and work in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
Yes


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Yes


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Cable Channel, Local Newspaper (Benicia Herald or Vallejo Times Herald)


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us)


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
No, I am not interested in learning more about emergency preparedness programs


Does your employer have an Emergency Response Plan in place?
Yes


Does your employer have a Workforce Communications Plan to implement following a disaster so that they are able to contact you?
Yes


Does your employer have an Evacuation Plan and is it posted in a visible location?

No


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



If other, please explain.
I don't take a paper on do I have cable TV

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 7, 2019, 7:09 PM

Please indicate the following:
I live in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
No


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Yes


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Cable Channel


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Cable Channel, Friends/Neighbors


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
Yes


Does your employer have an Emergency Response Plan in place?
Yes


Does your employer have a Workforce Communications Plan to implement following a disaster so that they are able to contact you?
Yes


Does your employer have an Evacuation Plan and is it posted in a visible location?

No


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



Please provide us with any additional comments/suggestions/questions that you have regarding the City’s Emergency Operations Plan or Emergency Preparedness
I think most people think "someone" will take care of them in an emergency. We have a great BERT program. I would like to see more emphasis put on advertising the classes and letting the public know "they" need to be prepared in case of an emergency. How we do that, I am not sure. Thank you for asking!

Steve Grant inside City Boundary January 7, 2019, 4:08 PM

Please indicate the following:
I live in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
Yes


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Somewhat


If no or somewhat, what can the City do to help you be prepared?
I noticed the listing for 'vulnerable populations' makes no mention for a provision to identify individuals who may be at a greater risk due to being disabled or elderly. I am not sure this is feasible. I stated this as I am wheelchair bound. I feel prepared for 3-4 days without assistance for most disaster scenarios, but there may be those that may need help as soon as possible.


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
Yes


If yes, describe below.
I do have transportation taken care of but may need help with loading essential items (Meds, chargers for power chair, Go Bag, etc ).



The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Cable Channel, Local Newspaper (Benicia Herald or Vallejo Times Herald)


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Local Cable Channel, Friends/Neighbors


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
Yes


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



If other, please explain.
I recieve Email from the Mayor's office as well as the city manager.


Please provide us with any additional comments/suggestions/questions that you have regarding the City’s Emergency Operations Plan or Emergency Preparedness
An excellent source of information about Benicia, as well as a in-depth knowledge base of disasters that could impact Benicia. I think it would be good to perform routine testing of the plan, involving the community as well.

Name not shown inside City Boundary January 7, 2019, 2:47 PM

Please indicate the following:
I live in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
No


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
Yes


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor), Local Newspaper (Benicia Herald or Vallejo Times Herald)


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter or NextDoor)


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
No, I am not interested in learning more about emergency preparedness programs


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)


Name not shown inside City Boundary January 7, 2019, 9:28 AM

Please indicate the following:
I live in the City of Benicia


Have you read the Draft EOP and associated annexes?
No


If your home or business were ordered to be evacuated, are you prepared to evacuate?
No


If no or somewhat, what can the City do to help you be prepared?
Provide a simple game plan, list of documents one should have ready, short simple list and action plan


If you were to be evacuated, do you have any mobility issues or special needs?
No


The City utilizes various methods to disseminate emergency information. Which of the following City notification systems are you familiar with? (choose all that apply)
Alert Benicia/Alert Solano (www.alertsolano.com ) – Emergency Alerts Only, City Siren System – Emergency Alerts in conjunction with Alert Benicia/Alert Solano, Local Cable Channel


If the City sirens sound, where would you look for additional information? Select all that apply.
City of Benicia Website (www.ci.benicia.ca.us), Local Cable Channel


Have you participated in local or national emergency preparedness programs, such as Community Emergency Response Team (Benicia CERT, formerly BERT), Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), or the American Red Cross?
No, but I would like to learn more about these programs


Does your employer have an Emergency Response Plan in place?
Yes


Does your employer have a Workforce Communications Plan to implement following a disaster so that they are able to contact you?
Yes


Does your employer have an Evacuation Plan and is it posted in a visible location?

Yes


On a regular basis, where are you most likely to look for information about the City? (Please rank from 1 to 5, 1 being most likely)



Please provide us with any additional comments/suggestions/questions that you have regarding the City’s Emergency Operations Plan or Emergency Preparedness
It is almost impossible for anyone to read a 120 page document full of regulations and references, plus all the addendums. I skimmed the EOP but NO ONE is going to read it except for consultants!
How about a readable, brief bullet point summary that is straightforward and not full of jargon but written in plain English. That would be much more useful and understandable that can be disseminated to the community? Otherwise that document is a waste of time and money for the general public.