The challenges associated with disasters include tech-related
issues, risk management and the need to create incentives for
updating and retrofitting homes to improve wildfire and
Until a disaster strikes, many communities don’t realize that it
may be 72 hours to five days before first responders can reach
everyone who needs help. A new program in Yountville helps
residents be prepared to assist each other in the initial
aftermath of a disaster.
A new law requires a statewide system of drop-off kiosks for
unwanted medications and a fully funded mail-back system for
sharps. It also includes education, oversight and data tracking
mechanisms to ensure successful implementation.