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Emergency Management

Laurie Boston
Gem County Emergency Manager

Tahja Jensen
Public Information Officer

Anita Taylor
Emergency Grant Manager

Curt Christensen
LEPC Chair

Donnie Wunder
LEPC Co-Chair

Bonnie LaBonte
LEPC Secretary

Contact Information
For Emergency Dispatch … DIAL 9-1-1
For Non-Emergency Dispatch … (208) 365-3521
Sheriffs Office – (208) 365-3521
Police Dept – (208) 365-6050
Valor Health – (208) 365-3561
Ambulance/Emergency Manager Office – (208) 365-3684

Other Information


Local Emergency Planning Committee   
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is a product of federal legislation passed by Congress
after the disaster in Bhopal, India, where thousands of people died from an accident involving
hazardous chemicals. To prevent similar accidents in our communities, in 1986 Congress passed
the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act  (EPCRA), also known as SARA Title III.
EPCRA established requirements for businesses, and for federal, state, and local governments regarding emergency planning, and community-right-to-know reporting for hazardous chemicals.

This helps increase public awareness about the presence of chemicals in their communities and any releases of these chemicals into the environment. The State of Idaho also enacted the Hazardous Substance Emergency Response Act (Idaho Code: Title 39, Chapter 71).

LEPCs are the link between citizens, industry and the government. The membership comes from the local area and is familiar with factors that affect public safety, the environment, and the economy of the community. In Gem County the LEPC tasks have been expanded beyond just chemical hazards to include information and discussion about emergency planning, training and exercising, for all hazards.

For more information contact the LEPC Coordinator at Email

What resources are available for disaster preparedness information?

There are some good resources available online and locally to help you prepare yourself and your family for a disaster.
What can I do to protect my family now? 
  • Create or purchase a 72-hour kit, with enough food and water for your family for 3 days.
  • Be sure to include food for pets, medication and a battery-powered radio.
  • Design an evacuation plan for your family and practice regular fire drills.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in good working order.
What should I do when a disaster happens?
  • Make sure you and your family are safe.
  • Check on your neighbors.
  • Follow the directions of law enforcement for evacuations or sheltering in place.
  • Stay calm and do what you can to assist in your home and neighborhood.
Table Top Exercise

Fire Skills Test
We want to thank their families, local political leaders, and their employers for the support and flexibility that was provided in allowing them to participate in this intense 130 hour course that was conducted over the last two and a half months.

This course required completion of homework, power point lectures, hands-on training in all the firefighting skills, and live fire training.

Training graduates that completed their training on December 21st, 2013.