Boundary County Emergency Management
Public Information Office
P.O. Box 419
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Michael Meier, PIO
Keeping you informed
during disasters and critical incidents
One of the key tasks of Boundary County Emergency Management is to keep the public informed of critical incidents and major emergencies in the most expeditious manner possible and to ensure information provided is updated as often as needed to ensure that it is timely and accurate so as to avoid problems associated with rumor and misinformation.
The Emergency Management Public Information Officer works closely with the emergency responders, area media and the public during critical incidents, providing new information as it becomes available. In the event of a major emergency or critical incident, the public information office will be manned to answer questions from the public and can be reached at (208) 267-7212.
In the event of a major disaster, a special link will be placed on the Boundary County home page (www.boundarycountyid.org) to provide up-to-date information for those with Internet access, provided the emergency does not result in a power outage. Those wishing immediate notification can subscribe to the county RSS news feed, which does require an RSS Aggregator. For a list of aggregators, click here. It is also possible to sign up to receive emergency management press releases via e-mail; simply email firstname.lastname@example.org the address at which you'd like to receive email notices and put "emergency email list" in the subject line.
In the event of a disaster or critical incident, it is imperative that the Sheriffs dispatch telephones remain free for emergency transmissions; please do not call the Sheriffs Office for general information during a major emergency or critical incident.
In the event that a critical incident requires evacuation of residences, every effort is made to make direct contact with those in the danger zone to alert them of the need to relocate. In events requiring evacuation, the Red Cross is called in to make arrangements for providing shelter and other necessary services.
News releases are issued regularly to the three television stations in Spokane; KREM (Channel 2), KXLY (Channel 4) and KHQ (Channel 6), as well as to local radio station AM1450, KBFI and all stations broadcasting in Boundary County via the translator. During more serious incidents, these stations often send crews to provide live coverage of events.
For up-to-date weather information, including weather warnings and watches, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broadcasts around the clock at a frequency of 162.5 megahertz. This broadcast requires a special radio equipped to receive this signal; these are available at many stores. Many programmable scanners are also able to receive this signal. Local weekly and regional daily newspapers are also provided press releases on events relating to emergency or disaster information to allow more in-depth coverage.
SOURCES FOR BOUNDARY COUNTY EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Boundary County Public Information Office: (208) 267-7212
HOW TO GET LOCAL EMERGENCY ALERTS (NIXLE)
AM 1450, KBFI
FM 95.3, KPND