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.
Bring the whole family out to the Rood Center on Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm for the Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival.
The day will include free activities, events, giveaways, and food. Meet your local first responders, watch a helicopter demo, or saddle up for a bike rodeo. And grab a free carseat and helmet while supplies last.
There’s something for everyone!
This year’s event is sponsored by the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services, Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and Gold Country Kiwanis.
What: Children’s Health & Wildfire Safety Carnival
When: Saturday, May 4th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office is hosting two upcoming Safety Summits for parents and guardians of local students. Learn how the Superintendent’s Office collaborates with first responders to prepare for and respond to crises in our schools.
This engaging presentation will include representatives from local law enforcement, fire services, and the California Highway Patrol. The panel will address issues such as wildfires, lockdowns, and shelter-in-place procedures.
Tuesday, March 5th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Nevada Union High School
11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley
Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Bear River High School
11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley
For more information, contact Safety and School Climate Coordinator Chris Espedal by phone at 530-478-6400 ext. 2047 or by email at email@example.com.
Creating defensible space around your home is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of property damage from fire. But do you know which vegetation can stay and which should go?
Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering free Fire Safety Defensible Space Inspections. Fire inspectors assess fire safety hazards around your home and can advise you on the best way to create defensible space and harden your home against fire. Inspectors from Nevada County OES are available to perform fire inspections for any Nevada County resident.
Requesting an inspection of your property or neighborhood is simple. Just fill out Nevada County’s Fire Inspection Request form on the County’s website.
Many fire districts also perform fire inspections for residents within their district. Residents can find their designated fire district through Nevada County’s MyNeighborhood Maps.
For more information on emergency preparedness and fire safety, take a look at the 18-19 Fire Season Guide, visit CalFire’s Ready for Wildfire website, find community resources from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, and don’t forget to sign yourself and your family up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts online or by calling 211 to sign up over the phone.
211 Connecting Point is partnering with the County of Nevada to help residents stay informed in the event of a local emergency. 211 will now be assisting callers to sign up for the county’s CodeRED emergency alert system.
Code RED notifies subscribed residents when an emergency is happening in their neighborhood. Residents can register their landlines, cell phone, and email to CodeRED and will recieve alerts by phone, text or SMS, and email, depending on their preferences.
John Gulserian, Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Program Manager, stresses the importance of signing up for CodeRED. “We are in fire season with high fire danger conditions in Nevada County and our local fire agencies are responding to small fire starts every day. OES is excited to partner with 211 Connecting Point to help our residents sign up and understand why CodeRED is an important community resource during emergency evacuations.”
Nevada County residents can dial 2-1-1 (or 1-844-319-4119) to be connected to a 211 representative who will guide them through the CodeRED registration process over the phone or answer any questions they may have.
OES recommends signing up all phone numbers associated with your home address so that everyone recieves a CodeRED alert during an emergency in your neighborhood.
“CodeRED is a great tool for folks who want to know when an emergency is happening near their home or workplace,” said 211 Connecting Point’s Ann Guerra. “We ask anyone who calls 211 if they’re interested in signing up for CodeRED. It takes two minutes to register and it gives people a lot of peace of mind.”