RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Senate Bill passed in the 2019 legislative session has NV Energy developing a Natural Disaster Protection Plan and now it wants the public’s input.
NV Energy said it supported SB 329 and was led by the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association. The plan will include prevention, response, and recovery efforts when natural disasters like fires happen in our area.
NV Energy’s Fire Mitigation Specialist Mark Regan said, “What this is going to do is create safer communities across the state of Nevada by this plan.”
He continued, “That is why the Chiefs brought it forward and that is why NV energy supported it, and that is why we are bringing all the stakeholders in, that our end goal is to make sure these communities are safer and that's what this plan is going to do.”
He said NV Energy currently has a corporate disaster plan, but its enhancing that plan by involving statewide agencies and emergency response organizations. “We can take care of the situation a lot faster, because we're all working together and we're all working on the same plan."
Regan said it wants to get the community involved with the plan too. He stated, “They can also understand where we are coming from, and they can also understand the type of plan we are going to be presenting.”
He added, “Educating is a big part. So during a disaster we want to make sure the community is prepared. So they are going to see what is going to be in the plan and as we develop the plan and as we roll it out, we are going to be doing education campaigns teaming up together teaching the citizens how to prepare for a disaster."
"They’re already doing that, but we are going to be enhancing that across the state of Nevada," said Regan.
The plan will be filed with the Public Utilities Commission in March and officials will vote on it in August.
The first public meeting is Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Peppermill between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Tuscany 5 & 6 Ballrooms.
No RSVP is required.
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