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Author Topic: Gatlinburg Fire (EmComm Failure to provide Warning)  (Read 17990 times)
W4XKE
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« Reply #45 on: May 31, 2017, 09:30:23 AM »

Developments in the handling of the catastrophe are still coming to light.

Review of park's handling of Gatlinburg-area wildfire expected in July


http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2017/may/29/review-parks-handling-gatlinburg-area-wildfire-expected-july/430766/

This seems to be the 1st report that will be made public, concerning the activities within the national park.  City, county, state and emergency management reports will no doubt be delayed by the gag order.
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« Reply #46 on: Yesterday at 08:44:30 AM »

Haywood community is looking at a new warning system in case of emergency.  I don't see any mention of Amateur Radio ever being considered in the planning.

“What could be more important than the fundamental job of notifying our citizens that an emergency is, or is about to, occur?” Shuping said. “What could be more important?”

http://www.smokymountainnews.com/news/item/20190-new-haywood-warning-system-a-collaborative-effort

While Gatlinburg residents attempt to hold officials accountable, the commission in turn, deflects criticism by imposing new rules upon the public during meetings:

"On Tuesday, city leaders decided to make a change to the public comment section of their meetings to make future meetings more "positive and productive," according to Mayor Mike Werner."

The resolution they passed has the following rules:


    * People wishing to participate in public comment must submit a request in writing to the city manager's office five days in advance to the commission meeting.

    * Individuals will be given three minutes to speak.

    * Individuals who wish to address topics other than the one indicated may be called out of order by the mayor.

    * The board can deny any request by any individual based upon majority vote of the board .
    Individuals will not be allowed to verbally attack officials or other individuals.

    * The mayor may rule any speakers out of order for disrespectful or uncivil behavior.

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/city-of-gatlinburg-makes-changes-to-public-comment-during-meetings/451073307

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