- Published on 2016-11-18 13:46:28
After the devastating fires that ravaged the Chelan Valley in 2015 a small work group was put together by Jeff Conwell, Manson Chamber of Commerce board member and owner of the Green Dot Sub Shop in Manson. Their mission was to develop an emergency plan for Manson, Washington.
Jeff Conwell and Norm Manly stand beside the new Emergency Information board that will be stored at North Shore Bible Church. They both agree we hope it is never needed but it's ready to go.
On the Friday lightning struck the Butt, just above the town of Chelan everything changed. Chelan looked like a war zone with fires burning everything in its path. DC-10's were flying overhead dropping fire retardant that saving many homes. The entire community lost power and irrigation water that could have help home owners protect their property. KOZI Radio, one of our main sources for emergency information was knocked off the air. The cell tower high above Chelan ran out of propane and we were without cell phones or Internet. And to make matters worse roads leading into and out of Chelan were closed because of the fire. It was a "perfect storm". For locals living here it was a scary time but for our guest visiting it was a nightmare and there was no place to get information that they so desperately needed.
Jeff's I.C.E. (in case of emergency) team develop an Emergency Information flyer with a map of Manson on the back. The I.C.E. flyer listed websites and phone numbers that would be helpful in an emergency. The I.C.E. team held a preparedness fair for our community and all kinds of information was handed out including how to build your 72 Hour Survival Kit.
It was decided that North Shore Bible Church would be Manson's meeting site during an emergency. There information would be posted and people from our community would be there to assist. Part of the emergency plan was to build a display board that would be housed at the church and ready to use in case of an emergency.
I'm please to say that Lake Chelan Building Supply stepped up to the plate and took on the project. Three students serving an internship from Manson High School worked with Mark Arneson designing and building the six-foot tall sandwich board that sits on a platform with wheels. Norm Manly then finished the project by painting, adding cork board and adding signs made by Lake Chelan Printing and Custom Signs, English on one side and Spanish on the other.
We thank everyone involved for their efforts.