Every decade since 1790, the United States has attempted to count the country’s population. This nation-wide head-count plays an extraordinarily important role in shaping our communities for years to come.
Why the Census Matters
The next Census will take place in April 2020. There is a lot on the line, including funding for essential safety net programs and representation in Congress. Census data is used to:
- Draw Congressional districts (not to mention school districts!)
- Distribute billions of federal dollars to states
- Inform the decisions of government, businesses, and non-profits
An undercount could cost California more than $1.5 billion across all Federal programs. These are dollars that fund housing, education, healthcare, roads, and emergency services in Nevada County.
It is vital to the future of our community to ensure that every person in Nevada County is counted. Connecting Point and the County of Nevada are collaborating to “get out the count,” with the goal of achieving a complete count for Census 2020. That means counting every person living in Nevada County. There are significant barriers to meeting this goal:
- The 2020 Census will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. Internet access is limited in many areas of our county.
- S. Census Bureau outreach will not go to P.O. Boxes. Many residents may not receive information about the Census.
- There is widespread mistrust of the government and potential for misinformation about the Census in our community. People may choose not to participate, even though Census data is protected.
The State of California estimates that there are 48,370 “hard-to-count” individuals living in Nevada County (learn more about the Hard-to-Count Index here).
Connecting Point is currently reaching out to community organizations, faith-based groups, local agencies, businesses and others who work closely with demographic populations considered least likely to respond. These include:
- Immigrants and Refugees
- People with disabilities
- Children ages 0-5
- People with low/no broadband access
- Households with limited English proficiency
Achieving a complete count requires us to work together to find the best ways to reach our hard-to-count neighbors. If you serve any of the above “hard-to-count” populations, we want to hear from you. Please contact Heather Heckler by email or by phone at 530-274-5601 to let us know if you’d like to be involved.
The Census begins April 1st. LET’S MAKE NEVADA COUNTY COUNT!
Learn more about the 2020 Census and Nevada County’s Complete Count.
Not sure if you’re signed up for emergency alerts?
County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services will issue a test of the Code RED emergency alert system on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:00 am.
If you haven’t registered for Code RED emergency alerts, now is a great time to sign up. It only take a few minutes to enroll in any of the following ways:
Code Red alerts will come from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on your caller ID. Save these numbers to your phone’s contacts to make sure you don’t mistake an alert fro spam.
The Town of Truckee will conduct a simultaneous test of the Nixle emergency alerts system which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to Code RED. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District provide the primary emergency notifications to Town of Residents via Nixle.
Town of Truckee residents and visitors can sign-up for Nixle messages by texting 888777 with the Truckee zip code of 96161 for pre-event messages and emergency notifications.
Both Code Red and Nixle are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify Nevada County and Town of Truckee residents in the event of an emergency. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools utilized by the local government in the event of an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of emergency planning.
These tools are not a guaranteed source of information, and residents should be prepared and remain aware.
Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
Follow Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.
Follow Truckee Fire Protection District on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeeFire.
Follow Truckee Police Department on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeePolice
The County of Nevada wants residents to be ready for wildfire. And they’re providing all kinds of tools and information to help us get the job done, from packed community forums and free green waste disposal to the super-informative Ready, Set, Go Handbook that landed in our mailboxes last month.
Their latest tool is ReadyNevadaCounty.org. The new website combines information on the County’s wildfire readiness strategies with steps individuals can take to get prepared. You’ll find everything you need for your Ready, Set, Go strategy, including:
ReadyNevadaCounty.org brings everything together in one place. So what are you waiting for? Start preparing today.
Ready Nevada County is a stakeholder effort coordinated by the County of Nevada to raise awareness and mobilize the community to prevent and prepare for wildfire. Look for the Ready Nevada County logo for the latest on wildfire readiness.
The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, with support from Nevada County Office of Emergency Services and Waste Management, is offering free residential green waste disposal.
The Residential Green Waste Disposal Program will be open to the public free of charge from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on the following dates and locations:
May 11th & 12th, 18th & 19th, 25th & 26th
May 18th & 19th ONLY
- Nevada County Fair Grounds, Gate 8, Brighton Street, Grass Valley
The program is designed for residential green waste only. Participants are responsible for unloading their own vehicles. Dumpsters will be available for depositing green waste. Acceptable items include: biomass consisting of all tree and plant trimmings, dead plants, weeds, leaves, branches, and similar materials that fit into a Green Waste Cart. Items with a diameter greater than 6 inches, tree stumps, root balls, and household waste will not be accepted.
See the Facebook event for more information.