Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Upcoming Fire Recovery Events

The Nevada County Office of Emergency Services continues to coordinate fire recovery efforts with non-profit, state and federal partners.  Several events are scheduled over the coming weekend, and into next week to assist residents affected by the fires.

The Red Cross is opening a Service Center in Nevada County on Saturday, October 21st,  from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Brighton Greens Business Center (the same location of the Local Assistance Center last Tuesday) at 1020 McCourtney Road Suite C, in Grass Valley. Families and individuals affected by the local fires can receive financial assistance in the form of pre-loaded credit cards. In an effort to provide assistance to all identified families in need, the Red Cross will stay open Sunday and Monday if necessary. Service Centers will also be opened in Yuba County and Butte County to provide direct assistance to all the families and individuals who were affected by the Wind Complex fires.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have a Mobile Emergency Office Vehicle (MEOV) in the parking lot at the Brighton Greens Business Center, near the Red Cross Service Center on Saturday as well from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The MEOV will be staffed with FEMA Disaster Assistance personnel. Residents affected by the Lobo and McCourtney fires can speak directly with FEMA personnel to ask questions, review their Individual Assistance (IA) FEMA case, and make additions or corrections to their original IA case. Additionally, residents who have been affected by the fires, need additional assistance for recovery, and are not registered with FEMA for Individual Assistance can do so at FEMA's Mobile Emergency Office Vehicle this Saturday.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available to meet with residents regarding disaster recovery loans starting Monday at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City, in the Coyote Conference Room near the Community Development Agency lobby.  The SBA provides low interest federal disaster loans to businesses and homeowners to replace property or to rebuild or repair structures, and to renters to replace personal property lost in the fire. SBA representatives will be available Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting October 23rd.

A community meeting on the Fire Debris Removal Program with Cal OES will be hosted in the Board Chambers at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City, on Monday, October 23rd, at 6 p.m. Residents with homes or outbuildings that were destroyed in the Lobo or McCourtney fires are encouraged to attend to learn more about the clean-up program with the multi-agency Cal OES and CalRecycle team.

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Additional CalFresh and CalWORKs Assistance Due to Local Fires

Hot and prepared foods can be purchased with CalFresh EBT cards in Nevada County, now through November 15th, 2017, due to the Lobo and McCourtney fires.  Standard CalFresh program rules do not allow customers to utilize their benefits to purchase hot and prepared food, but the United States Department of Agriculture has approved a waiver to help assist customers that are not able to store or prepare food due to severe fire damage and/or evacuations. Nevada County retail and grocery food stores licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service have been notified that they may accept CalFresh benefits in exchange for hot foods.

Additionally, all Penn Valley (95946) and Rough and Ready (95975) CalFresh households automatically received replacement CalFresh benefits on their EBT cards for the month of October. If you do not live in one of these two zip codes, but lost food because of power outages during the Lobo and McCourtney fires, please contact the Nevada County Department of Social Services before November 8th, 2017 to apply for replacement CalFresh benefits. CalFresh households who lost power for four hours or more are eligible for replacement CalFresh benefits.

Additional assistance is also available to CalWORKs recipients effected by the recent fires. CalWORKs recipients may be entitled to receive a one-time special need payment to repair or replace clothing or household equipment; to provide assistance for damages to the home; or to pay for interim shelter when the family's home was destroyed or made uninhabitable or inaccessible due to a disaster. To access these services please contact the Department of Social Services.

If you have additional questions about the CalFresh or CalWORKs programs, or specialized programs currently in effect due to the recent fires, please contact the Nevada County Department of Social Services at (530) 265-1340 or Sara Connor, Program Manager, at

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Sign-up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts and Stay Informed with General Emergency Website Updates

Sign-up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts:
CodeRED is Nevada County's official emergency alert system, used to help alert residents when an emergency is happening in their neighborhood. CodeRED requires sign-up and will send alerts via phone call, email, text message, or the CodeRED app for emergencies happening in the neighborhood of the address registered.

Register with Nevada County CodeRED online. Choose to simply submit your name, address, phone number(s), and your email, or create a managed account.  You can choose which types of notifications you receive by which phone number(s) or email(s) you register with, and choosing if you want to receive text message notifications. Registered phones will automatically receive a phone call for emergency notifications in your neighborhood.

It is important to note that the CodeRED emergency alert system will only send notification to residents who have registered phone numbers, emails, and addresses with CodeRED. If power outages or issues with cell towers occur during an emergency, residents may not receive a notification via phone call, email or text. It is recommended that residents sign-up for alerts via all possible methods (i.e. register for phone call, email, and text message alerts, and download the CodeRED app), and to register family members via phone number or email so they are also notified if an emergency is happening in your neighborhood.

Stay Informed with General Emergency Website Updates:
To stay informed with daily updates during emergency events, subscribe for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Updates that are posted on our website. This is the best resource for general, daily updates from Nevada County's EOC on a local, ongoing emergency situation. You can receive an email and/or text message immediately for every update posted.

To subscribe, visit and click on the "Stay Informed" button. Under the "Alert Center" category, find the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Updates. Residents can subscribe to these updates via email or text message by signing in at the top of the page under "Your Profile Information." Afterwards, CivicPlus will send a confirmation email or text to confirm your subscription.

To view all updates online, click on "Alerts" under the "Services" drop-down category at the top of web pages. This will take you to the Alert Center where residents can view all Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Updates for individual events.

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Sierra Theaters Donate Proceeds to Fire Victims

After the devastating fires have affected so many in Northern California, including here in our own Nevada County community, Sierra Theaters is donating a portion of their proceeds this weekend to help with the recovery.  Sierra Theaters, which includes Sierra Cinemas on East Main Street, Del Oro Theatre in downtown Grass Valley, and Sutton Cinemas on Sutton Way in the Brunswick Basin will donate 5% of the weekend's Box Office to Salvation Army. Nevada County has worked with Salvation Army to be a financial agent for monetary donations for local families and residents affected by the fires.

The theaters are timing this fundraiser to coincide with the opening of the film, Only the Brave at Sierra Cinemas.  Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it - they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.

The film opens Friday at Sierra Cinemas, but the fundraiser will include all the regularly scheduled movies showing Friday through Sunday in Grass Valley.  This weekend, your ticket purchase contributes to a greater cause, as we all work together to rebuild our community.

For show times, visit

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Library Fundraising Event with Truckee Friends of the Library

The Truckee Friends of the Library (TFOL) is hosting a special evening with Susan Hildreth, National Library leader, on public libraries of the future.  The TFOL fundraising event will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 5:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. at Donner Memorial State Park Emigrant Trail Museum in Truckee.

Hildreth, a national library authority, will provide cutting edge information on the changing role of libraries in communities across the country.  Appointed Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services from 2011-2015 by President Obama, Hildreth oversaw a $250 million annual budget. She was also Governor Schwarzenegger's appointee as California State Librarian.  For tickets and further information, visit TFOL's website.

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Cannabis Conversation: October 24th CAG Meeting

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) has met seven times since early June with the eighth meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, October 24th, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Foothill Events Center at 400 Idaho Maryland Road in Grass Valley.  Tuesday's meeting will continue discussions of general directions and initial recommendations for the Board on the revised cannabis ordinance.
Community members are welcome to attend the meetings in person where the CAG hears public comment.  Alternatively, all meetings are available to watch online, both archived and live stream on the Cannabis Conversation website and written comments can be submitted via email to All written comments submitted within 48 hours of each meeting are included in the meeting summary and distributed to the CAG members for review and consideration. Commenters are not required to identify themselves, per the Brown Act, and all published comments are redacted to remove personal identity.  Meeting materials and related documents are available to the public on the Cannabis Conversations website.

The Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed by the Board of Supervisors to advise the Board on the development of a permanent Cannabis Ordinance for Nevada County.  This inclusive process will take into account the input of all community stakeholders. Nevada County has contracted MIG as a consultant during this process. MIG is providing facilitation services for the Cannabis Regulation Community Advisory Group to ensure a fair and equitable process while advising and drafting a new Cannabis Ordinance.

Please visit the Cannabis Conversation webpage for up-to-date information.

Nevada County Fish & Wildlife Commission Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Nevada County Fish & Wildlife Commission is currently accepting grant applications for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.  Applicants are requested to fill out and submit a grant application by November 30, 2017, as well as provide a brief presentation at the December meeting. The Commission has scheduled their December meeting for December 5th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Rood Center.

The Commission has decided to award up to $5,000 from the Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund. Grant projects must comply with Fish and Game Code section 13103.

A copy of the grant application and additional information can be found the Agricultural Commissioner website.

The Nevada County Fish & Wildlife Commission serves to advise the Board of Supervisors on issues impacting fish and wildlife resources in the county. The Commission is supported solely through a portion of fines collected in the county courts from fish and wildlife violations. The Commission has distributed over $200,000 in grants for habitat improvement, wildlife education in schools, rehabilitation and release of injured native wildlife, wildlife research at the university level, and a secret witness program focused on pollution and poaching crimes.

Please contact the Agricultural Commissioner's Office at (530) 470-2690 or by email at if you have questions or require additional information. 

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Join Nevada County Public Health in celebrating Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention week October 22-28.

This year's national theme is: "Healthy homes, food, and play areas protect children from lead," which underscores the importance of focusing on the many ways parents can reduce children's exposure to lead. Lead poisoning can seriously affect a child's brain and nervous system and can cause permanent learning and behavioral problems. It is especially dangerous for a child under the age of six because her rapidly growing and developing body absorb more lead.

In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. Other sources of lead include lead dust brought home on parents' work clothes, certain imported ceramic pottery, painted objects, traditional home remedies, and imported spices
and food products. Additionally, activities that involve lead products such as soldering, making stained glass, and handling bullets or fishing sinkers put children at risk.

Here are some simple things you can do to reduce your child's lead exposure:

  • Limit exposure from lead paint in homes built before 1978 or from soil containing lead from gasoline residue.
  • Talk to your child's doctor about getting tested for lead.
  • Good nutrition helps children's bodies resist lead poisoning. Serve three meals and two healthy snacks to children each day including calcium, iron, and vitamin C.  

For more information Nevada County Public Health's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: Lina Hjord at (530) 265-7018 or

Book Sale at Rood Center Supporting United Way

One More Week of the United Way Book Sale

Next week is the last week to come to the Eric Rood Government Center at 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada County and find your treasured book, some light and fun reading, or begin to create your own library! 

The United Way of Nevada County 2017 campaign marks the 22nd year of the County Book Fair. Last year we had a very successful year and collected over $5,000 to donate to the local Nevada County United Way who allocates the donated funds to many of our local non-profit organizations who address the basic needs of our community. We are hoping this year we can surpass all previous amounts collected.

Hurry! The Book Sale ends October 27th. New books are being added every day.

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