Idaho State Law designates the Sheriff responsible for all disaster response including natural, man-made, flooding, forest fires and earthquakes. Over the past several years, the Blaine County Sheriff's Office has developed our Disaster Services into more than just providing a response in case of emergency. Under the directorship of Chuck Turner, it has become an active program which includes the coordination of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the cooperation of all area emergency services, and an active exercise of our emergency plan. Disaster Services is responsible for responding to floods, fires, hazardous materials incidents, mudslides and extreme snowfalls. They work to assess the situation, organize the response and coordinate the efforts of multiple agencies to minimize damage and danger to life and property and quickly bring a return to normalcy following the most critical disasters. Disaster Services supports the lead agency during a crisis and is the primary point of contact for all grant funding. The Disaster Services program is designed to be pro-active; while many critical incidents cannot be foreseen, members stay vigilant to situations which may result in emergencies, and take steps to prevent or minimize the impact before the emergency arises.LEPC
Our Disaster Services Coordinator Chuck Turner is also the Chairman of the Blaine County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). As an information gathering agency, the LEPC organizes and facilitates table top and functional exercises which update and maintain our Emergency Operations Plan to ensure it remains an up to date effective guide for managing critical incidents. The LEPC is also responsible for tracking chemicals and hazardous materials, planning for natural disasters and terrorist activities, and the implementation of homeland security grants. The LEPC meets monthly to allocate funding, discuss equipment needs and distribution, and plan training and communication exercises and is comprised of first responders from all jurisdictions including law enforcement, Fire/EMS, St. Luke's WRMC, local volunteer organizations, and utility groups, and the general public. The LEPC also works closely with state and federal emergency response agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services. The success of Disaster Services/LEPC has been achieved through the close cooperation and support of all agencies involved.