Nevada County, CA–The 2021 Ready, Set, Go! Handbook has arrived! All Nevada County residents are encouraged to check their mailboxes this week as copies have been sent to every household. Extra copies will be available in the Eric Rood Center lobby or as a digital download formatted to print at home.
All family members should participate in reviewing the updated content, refreshing an evacuation plan, replenishing Go Bags, as well as finding and writing down their evacuation zone, page 24. This year additional resources are available to make it even easier for everyone to get involved. Even the teens in our community have a spot to help their families prepare. A webpage created by the Nevada County library features a survey to prompt teens to think about how prepared they are and provide important feedback. “The high school librarians let us know that teens really wanted access to this information. We hope the survey will show teens how to improve their plan as well as help us to better support young people who may be home without a caregiver during fire season.” said Youth Services Librarian, Mellisa Hannum.
A short film version of the Ready, Set, Go! Handbook was created as a companion to make the specific steps to wildfire preparedness more accessible and relatable. Residents are encouraged to watch, share, and discuss with loved ones as they complete their handbook. It can be found on the county site and social media channels.
Of course, ongoing personal community engagement is still provided by first responders and Office of Emergency Services. “Sometimes folks really just need to talk things through neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend,” says Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services Manager Paul Cummings. “We are happy to help facilitate those conversations with the resources we are creating and look forward to meeting more folks face to face as our community emerges from the pandemic.”
As in years past, this content was created thanks to the collaborative effort between Town of Truckee, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, FREED Center for Independent Living, 211 Connecting Point, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada City Fire Department, Grass Valley Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Keep Truckee Green, and Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District. The ongoing collaboration and partnership are a key aspects of the Ready Nevada County initiative that continues to build on the success of the previous 2 years.