Emergency Management

mapEmergency Management

Given the heightened need for cross-border coordination in preventing and responding to emergencies, the Emergency Management Committee was established in November 2003 to enhance emergency management throughout the Arizona-Sonora region.

How To Get Involved

By serving on the Emergency Management Committee, you can participate in grassroots policy development, exchange ideas and information through cross-border communication and collaboration, and contribute to the implementation and advancement of cross-border projects. Contact your co-chairs today!

Arizona Co-Chairs

Wendy Smith-ReeveWendy Smith-Reeve
Director
Arizona Division of Emergency Management
(602) 464-6203
wendy.smith-reeve@azdema.gov
louieLouie Chaboya
Owner
C & C Emergency Response LLC
(520)281-8469
lchaboya@hotmail.com


Sonoran Co-Chairs

Ing. Carlos Jesus Arias
Encargado de despacho
Unidad Estatal de Proteccion Civil
carias@proteccioncivilsonora.gob.mx
albertoAlberto Hernandez Lohr
Propietario
Servicio el Keno, S.A. de C.V.
jhernandez_lohr@hotmail.com


Current Action Items

Archived Action Items

Action Item 1

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The Emergency Management Committee will provide training for bi-national first response teams and emergency management staff and will implement a common electronic system for gathering and sharing emergency information, e.g., “WebEOC”.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 1, 2014

State of Arizona will continue to provide training for first responders of the State of Sonora. This will include training for Hazardous Materials Technicians and hazardous materials response training for maquiladoras.

Steps Taken: First Responder Operational (FRO) training for maquiladoras and bomberos in Hermosillo, Guaymas, and Ciudad Obregon was conducted in late 2012. Since Border 2020 activities are limited to within 100 kilometers of the border. Training was funded by the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, conducted by Arizona State University. On March 1-3, FRO training was conducted in Santana. The other training session will be determined at the Border 2020 meeting at Rocky Point on March 21, 2013.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The Committee will solicit and coordinate the delivery of first responder and emergency management equipment donations, typically in conjunction with bi-national training. The Committee will conduct an outreach campaign to inform the first responders, emergency management and private sector communities of the Committee’s border activities which will be integrated into Arizona’s and Sonora’s agency websites.

Steps Taken: A distribution ceremony for the donated items from Arizona was taken place on April 12, 2013 in Hermosillo. Municipalities are invited to attend including Governor Padres of Sonora.

Tactic C

Due Date: June 1, 2013

The States of Sonora and Arizona will promote the development of interoperable communications systems.

Steps Taken: The deployable Satellite Communications system (STACS) is near completion of construction; anticipate that will be available to be presented at AMC Plenary, June 13-14, 2013.

Tactic D

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The States of Sonora and Arizona will conduct a table-top exercise in conjunction with the summer 2014 AMC Plenary to promote the understanding of the impacts that emergencies and disasters have tourism, trade, real estate, etc. The Committee will identify a representative from each AMC Committee to jointly identify and discuss the impacts of emergencies and disasters in the border region.

Steps Taken: There was an EPA Regional Response Meeting in Rio Rico on March 18-19, 2013. March 20, 2013 conducted a Hazardous Materials Tabletop Exercise in Nogales, AZ. The exercise scenario involved a train derailment involving hazardous chemicals at the border. This exercise practiced the integration of Federal and State responses of Arizona and Sonora. Bi-weekly planning conference calls were held weekly. The Committee will send invited AMC pertinent Committee Chairs via Margie Emmerman to participate at the Tabletop Exercise.

Tactic E

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The States of Arizona and Sonora will exchange of liaisons during emergencies to promote situation awareness and facilitate the deployment of mutual aid resources when allowed.

Action Item 2

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The Emergency Management Committee will develop an all-hazard mitigation plan that identifies threats and identifies projects that will eliminate or reduce risks to the Arizona-Sonora border communities, initially focusing on flood and fire mitigation.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Arizona will gather existing mitigation plans that identify threats and hazards to border communities; the information will be integrated to expand plans to include Sonoran communities and identify and prioritize hazard mitigation projects.

Steps Taken: The plans have been gathered and the information is being analyzed relative to the threats to border communities.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The State of Sonora will research the protocols and methods that Arizona uses in gathering, storing and sharing industrial hazardous materials information and the feasibility of applying them to Sonora.

Steps Taken: The Arizona Emergency Response Commission (AZSERC) twice applied for a Border 2012 grant but was denied. The committee has brought up an idea to inquire if Sonora may be able to duplicate the reporting process using Microsoft Access database.

Action Item 3

Due Date: June 1, 2014

The Emergency Management Committee will meet at least four times in coordination with other groups of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and other bi-national groups. These meetings will include the Border Health and Water Committees and Border Issues Committees of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, the Border 2020 Program, and the Border Governor’s Conference.

Tactic A

Due Date: December 31, 2013

Arizona will identify authority, funding and indemnification for Arizona’s emergency units and personnel that respond to Sonoran communities. Identify issues and concerns re: workers compensation.

Steps Taken: Status is pending until the Bi-national Mutual Aid Compact is federally approved.

Tactic B

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Sonora will revise the Safety Law for Emergency Volunteers. Support will be asked to the Emergency Management Worktable of the Border Governors Conference, as well as from Federal Civil Protección Civil, to foment and make pressure for this legislation to be adopted by the State.

Tactic C

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Arizona and Sonora will jointly develop an interactive website that will assist our families in developing family emergency plans and family emergency kits.

Steps Taken: ADEM’s attempt to hire a website developer did not materialize. The State of Arizona is switching to an open source web platform requiring the use of Drupal rather than SharePoint. Efforts are underway again to hire a website developer. This will affect the scope and completion time of the project.

Tactic D

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Follow-up with the Emergency Management Worktable of the Border Governors Conference to advocate federal approval of the MOU signed by the Border Governors Conference to establish a Bi-National Mutual Aid Compact.

Steps Taken: The Committee remains in close contact with the California Emergency Management who is the BGC lead for this effort. Currently, Texas does not advocate the mutual aid compact, thus, we will be discussing this with the Texas Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Action Item 4

Due Date: June 1, 2014

Implement a Tri-National Emergency Response Plan that provides the authority for the Tohono O’odham Nation first responders to respond directly across the international border to render support to its Tribal Communities during emergencies. The Emergency Management Committee will work with the Customs and Border Patrol, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State of Arizona, Tohono O’odham Nation, Pima, Pinal and Maricopa Counties and the State of Sonora to developing this Plan by the summer 2013 AMC Plenary.

Tactic A

Due Date: June 1, 2014

There will be continued cooperation between all agencies and communities’ participating in the project until the Tri-National Emergency Response Plan is adopted.

Steps Taken: It was intended that the Plan will be available for signing during the Plenary in June 2013. In transition of the new Emergency Manager of the Tohono O’odham, the Tri-National Emergency Response Plan will be signed and presented by June 2013. Louie Chaboya will coordinate the attendance of the President and Emergency Manager of the Tohono O’dham Nation. Wendy Smith-Reeve and Dr. Victor Landeros will coordinate with the staff of their Governors.

Action Item 5

Due Date: December 31, 2013

The Emergency Management Committee will implement “511” system in Sonora to provide public traffic in roadway information and alerts.

Tactic A

Due Date: December 31, 2013

Implement the AZ511 system Bi-nationally to benefit Arizona and Sonora motorists. This is a coordinated effort between the Arizona Department of Transportation and Sonora Proteccion Civil.

Steps Taken: Highway digital information on AZ511 has been entered on the az511.gov website. Meetings are being coordinated between Sonora and Arizona to provide access to Sonora to provide input to the system.

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Accomplishments

Shared Alert SystemWhere: Arizona
What: The Region Communicates Through a Shared Alert System
Pillars: Advocacy
What Happened: The Emergency Management Committee continues to develop shared systems for cross-border alerts and notifications. In 2007, Arizona acquired a web-based alert and notification system which is now available to the State of Sonora and its communities. It is an advantage to emergency services providers as they work to prevent and respond to emergencies in the area.