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Sheriff's Task Force
updated: Jan 30, 2013, 3:16 PM

Source: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Ian Parkinson and Pacific Gas and Electric Company jointly announced today the formation of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Task Force on Public Safety. The Task Force was established through a donation of $75,000 from PG&E to the Sheriff's Advisory Foundation.

The goal of the Task Force will be to raise public awareness, increase collaboration and communication to establish San Luis Obispo County as the "Most Prepared County in Disaster Preparedness & Response in the Country."

"We strive to be the safest county in the country and this new task force gives us a great opportunity to be better prepared and responsive in case of emergency," said Sheriff Parkinson. "With PG&E's generous donation, we are able to be a leader in planning for any and all types of emergencies."

"Helping the local communities we serve -- and are a proud part of -- prepare for emergencies has long been a top priority for PG&E," said Greg Pruett, PG&E's Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "We place such a high value on preparedness that a main focus of our charitable contributions program is funding public safety programs at local non-profits and working with local governments. We commend Sheriff Parkinson for his leadership in this important area, and for pushing local emergency preparedness to a whole new level."

Led by the Sheriff's Office, the Task Force will include personnel from each of the seven cities (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo), as well as representatives from PG&E and organizations like the Red Cross and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and members of local media to foster outreach plans to raise awareness about emergency preparedness. PG&E is recognized as the founding sponsor of the Task Force.

"At PG&E and Diablo Canyon, no priority is more pressing, and no responsibility more important than the safe operation of the facility," said Ed Halpin, PG&E's Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer. "In partnering with the Sheriff's task force, we will be able to share our paradigms and expertise to benefit the citizens of San Luis Obispo County in the name of emergency preparedness. We applaud the Sheriff in his call-to-action to make San Luis Obispo County the most prepared county in the nation."

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