On Monday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services will host Ready, Set, Go for Families, the final in a four-part, speaker series designed to educate and inspire the community to prepare for fire season. CAL FIRE and Nevada County Consolidated Fire District will present, and the program will be moderated by Pascale Fusshoeller, Editor of YubaNet.
With the recent PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff warnings, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of fire hazards, including kids and teens. “Ready, Set, Go” is the catchphrase used to represent the best practices in fire preparedness and emergency planning. Making sure everyone is ready means taking time to address the questions and concerns of our children. They will often hang onto misconceptions and fears if not given the opportunity to ask questions. This program is designed to allow all family members to learn more. Kids especially are encouraged to submit questions via index card and meet with fire professionals before, during, and after. A fire truck will be on hand to tour as well!
“This is a great follow up to our first Ready, Set, Go! Art Walk mixer,” says Jenn Tamo of Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES). “We had lines of people who were signing up for Code Red emergency alerts and really insightful discussions that help us educate folks on the resources available to them and clarify confusing messages that might be out there. Our stickers and the Firesafe Council’s dinosaurs were a big hit with kids and the grown-ups too!”
“Preparedness is an ongoing discussion with the community. Engaging everyone in the family is an important piece of a larger, community-wide strategy.” Adds OES Manager, Captain Jeff Pettitt.
There is no “one size fits all” plan for emergency preparedness so community members are encouraged to consider the specific needs of their family’s schedule and communication style. Tips will be provided to adapt the Ready, Set, Go! model for all Nevada County families with special attention to providing clear instructions for every age.
This is also a great opportunity check everyone’s Code Red emergency alert status, learn the latest advice about Red Flag Warning days, prepare for PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs, and review how your plan may need to adapt based on summer schedule changes. If you already have your plan, join us to refresh your strategy or learn how to help someone else with theirs.
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 Nevada County Media's website:NevadaCountyTV.org.
Ready Nevada County is a multifaceted stakeholder effort coordinated by the County of Nevada to raise awareness and mobilize the community to prevent and prepare for wildfire. Community members are encouraged to look for the logo for the latest on Nevada County’s wildfire readiness through increased planning, strategic partnerships, improved communication, and ongoing public engagement.
Ready Set Go for Families June 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center. 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.
Ready Set Go Art Walk Mixers presented by Ready Nevada County, Miners Foundry Cultural Center, and Nevada City First Friday Art Walk July 5 and August 2, 5:00-9:00 P.M. The events are a casual mix of art, socializing, education and an opportunity to connect with seasoned professionals focused on fire prevention and preparedness. Representatives from 211 will be on hand to assist people with signing up for Code Red emergency alerts.