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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Wildfire Speaker Series: Situational Awareness

Monday, April 15th, 6:00 -7:30 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services presents Situational Awareness, the third in a four-part speaker series. This program is designed to educate and inspire the community to prepare for fire season. Situational Awareness will be moderated by Pascale Fusshoeller, Editor of YubaNet, and will be made available in American Sign Language. The format of the event will enable each presenter to speak for thirty minutes, with the same amount of time available for questions from the audience. 

Situational Awareness is a term emergency managers, community organizers, and first responders use to encourage people to stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Nevada County Sherriff Captain, Jeff Pettitt who is now overseeing Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES) as the Emergency Manager, and FREED Executive Director, Ana Acton, will cover the basics of fire preparedness. Pettitt and Acton will also provide specific advice to help the community become more situationally aware. Attendees will learn more about Code Red emergency alerts, the latest advice about Red Flag Warning Days, and how their plan may need to adapt based on time of day, location, recent life changes, and access and functional needs. “

The mission of FREED independent living center is to promote independence and self-determination for people with disabilities through person-driven services, collaborative community partnerships and education, and leadership that advocates for fully inclusive communities. We understand that life in our fire-prone, rural community requires us all to be highly engaged in emergency preparedness.” 

There is no “one size fits all” plan for emergency preparedness. Nevada County residents are invited to learn how to craft a plan for themselves, refresh an existing strategy for their family, or learn how to help a neighbor or loved-one with theirs. The safety of our county depends on a higher level of engagement with each other, and panelists will be on hand to discuss strategic tips on how to both prepare themselves and educate others.

“Getting ready for the height of fire season and creating an emergency preparedness plan requires that each family assess their own unique needs. No two plans will be the exact same,” says Sheriff Captain Jeff Pettitt. 

The speaker series has been popular among interested community members. Both Get Firewise: Organize! and Fire-Resistant Homes & Defensible Space, the first two installments of the Wildfire Speaker Series, filled the Board Chambers. 

This program will be live-streamed on the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Facebook, cable channel 18, and online at Nevada County Media's website: NevadaCountyTV.org.

Watch Live Online

For those unable to attend, this meeting will be live-streamed on the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services Facebook, cable channel 18, and online at Nevada County Digital Media Center's website: NevadaCountyTV.org. ASL interpreter on site and in recording.

About Jeff Pettit

Nevada County Sheriff Captain Jeff Pettitt is now overseeing Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services (OES). Recognizing wildfire prevention and preparedness are a top community and Board of Supervisors priority, the County's OES Program has risen to a new level of criticality and importance. There is now a greater need for OES to partner and coordinate closely and continuously with Fire, Police, Sheriff, State OES, FEMA, and other first responder agencies year-round.

Pettitt began his career with the Sheriff's Office in 1999 after spending six years in the military. He has worked in a variety of positions including Patrol, Major Crimes Unit, Truckee substation, and the Personnel and Training Unit. Pettitt promoted to Captain in 2012 as the Jail Commander overseeing the Corrections division. Since promoting to Captain, Pettitt has commanded each division within the Sheriff's Office and has recently rotated back to Corrections.

Pettitt will be reviewing what Nevada County residents can do now to prepare for wildfires and understand when the likelihood for fire is high. He will discuss evacuations, evacuation terminology, when and where to go should an order be given.

About Ana Acton

Ana Acton lives in Nevada City and is the Executive Director for FREED Center for Independent Living serving Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, and Sierra counties. As a non-profit disability resource center, FREED's goal is to empower people with disabilities to exercise their civil rights in becoming active, productive members of our community. FREED serves people of all ages and with any type of disability including seniors. Since 2007, Ana hosts "Disability Rap" on KVMR, covering current and emerging disability issues and topics and often includes special guests from across the nation. Ana's expertise and insight into emergency preparedness is an asset to the entire community.

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