New Web-based Emergency Levee Worker Training Course Now On-line

The Mid & Upper Sacramento River Region has released a new innovative web-based training program called the Just-In-Time Training Program, http://musrflood.com/, which is designed to provide essential training to flood emergency response personnel just prior to, and during a flood emergency event.

Under the direction of the Mid-Upper Sacramento River Regional Training Committee, the Emergency Levee Worker Course was designed to provide essential training for flood emergency levee workers just prior to, and during a flood emergency event. The course is composed of five modules with training videos lasting approximately 4-6 minutes. The modules are based on the California Department of Water Resources’ Levee Threat Monitoring Guidelines, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). The website can be accessed from a desktop computer or mobile device in the field.  The hope is that the Emergency Levee Worker Course will be just the first in an entire suite of Just-In-Time training courses, with additional courses being developed as funding becomes available.

The Just-in-Time Training program is a product of the Mid-Upper Sacramento River Regional Flood Emergency Response Project (MUSR FERP), a six-county regional planning effort to improve public safety by developing and implementing a regionally coordinated approach to flood emergency response. The MUSR FERP was led by Reclamation District 108 and funded through a $1.2M Proposition 84 grant awarded by the California Department of Water Resources.

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Congratulations!

Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.