Press Conference Nov 2018
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City Manager Hans Uslar issued a local emergency proclamation today to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The proclamation will come before the Monterey City Council for ratification at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17. The emergency proclamation coincides with the State’s recent executive orders that provide cities more ability and resources to help contain the new virus. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Monterey County to date, scientists and medical experts report that slowing the spread (also known as “flattening the curve”) of COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission will save lives by giving police and fire personnel, hospitals, doctors, and vaccine-manufacturers time to respond and prepare for the outbreak.
First on the list of new protocols are city facility closures, and city programs and event cancellations or postponements beginning Saturday, March 14 through at least March 31, 2020.
“Our priority, first and foremost, is the health and welfare of the Monterey community. While our community centers, library, museums, and sports center are valued by residents, visitors, and the public, we know that social distancing works and that these closures will help slow the spread of coronavirus in our community,” said City Manager Hans Uslar. “The Monterey community is compassionate, caring, and resilient. Together, the City of Monterey and its residents, businesses and neighbors, will persevere through this epidemic and protect our community.”
The City’s decisions are based on the Cal OES (California Office of Emergency Services) directive of three criteria for closures or cancellations: 1) if the gathering involves
over 250 people; 2) if the event allows people to maintain a six foot distance from one another; and 3) if the event attracts people in the high-risk category. The City also considered whether the service or event is essential.
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City of Monterey, in partnership with the County of Monterey and all municipalities within the county, is working to update the Monterey County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.
The goal of the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is to save lives and property through the reduction of hazard vulnerability for the community. This plan demonstrates the City of Monterey’s commitment to reduce risks from natural hazards and serve as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to minimize the effects of hazards. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF
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The recent strong earthquakes that hit the Ridgecrest area in Southern California are a good reminder that we all live in earthquake country. Many earthquake faults run through or near the Monterey Peninsula. The Monterey Fire Department would like to remind people that, while we may not know when the next earthquake will happen, we can do things to be prepared. A list of recommended actions on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake is available at ready.gov/earthquakes, as well as on the City’s website at monterey.org/emergency. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF
The City of Monterey and the City of Pacific Grove solidified a new fire contract agreement with the respective approvals of the Monterey and Pacific Grove City Councils at coinciding Special City Council meetings on June 26, 2019. The two Cities have been in partnership for fire services since 2008, at which time Monterey hired all Pacific Grove Firefighters and integrated them into the Monterey Fire Department. The new fire services agreement terms are for eight years, plus another five-year option by mutual agreement of the Cities. NEWS RELEASE IN PDF
The Monterey Fire Department will begin conducting fire safety inspections on June 17, 2019, for all homes in areas at risk for a wildland fire within the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Sand City. This inspection is done on an annual basis to help minimize the spread and growth of a wildland fire and reduce the potential loss of homes in such an event. New this year, inspection personnel will leave a notice at the home indicating the inspection was completed and what, if any, corrective actions should be taken by the homeowner/occupant. The notices will be in the form of a self-adhesive sticker left on or near the door (see example).
Monterey Fire Department
610 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 646-3900
Fax: (831) 646-3723
Non-Emergency: (831) 646-3914
Fire Prevention Bureau
Phone: (831) 646-3908
Infectious Control Officers
Primary: Jim Courtney
Secondary: Gaudenz Panholzer
Alternate: On-Duty Division Chief