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Prepare for Upcoming Power Outages and Red Flag Warning

National Weather Service has has announced a Fire Weather Watch and High Wind Watch Saturday evening-Sunday evening. PG&E is monitoring the event and may turn off power to areas of Western Nevada County Saturday evening through Monday afternoon for another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Nevada County is posting local updates to our website at and County social media channels. 

While power is restored, take the opportunity to recharge your devices and restock water if you are on a well. Refuel cars and generators, stock up on supplies, and withdraw cash while the ATMs have power. Make sure your Go Bag is ready and your car is parked towards the road, and take a moment to check in with friends, family, and neighbors to see if they have any needs you may be able to help with.

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Generator Safety

Home Generator Safety

If you don't understand how to use your generator or battery, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and endangering the lives of PG&E employees who may be working on power lines in your community. PG&E has provided tips on how to properly operate portable generators, permanent-standy generators, portable batteries, and home batteries.

PG&E Generator Safety

Food in fridge

Residential and Restaurant Food Safety Tips

With potential electricity shortages facing Nevada County, the County Department of Environmental Health offers the following food safety tips to prevent food-borne illness in the event of power outages. When the power comes back on, all potentially hazardous foods must be evaluated for proper temperatures. Bacteria can multiply rapidly on potentially hazardous foods that have been at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Thawed foods that are at 41 fahrenheit or below should be used as soon as possible. Do not refreeze thawed foods. Cook foods to proper temperatures to ensure food safety.

For local restaurants and food facilities, Environmental Health has provided a Re-Opening Checklist after Loss of Power (PSPS Event) for food facilities and restaurants at

Residential Food Safety Tips


CalFresh Benefits During Power Outages

While the Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are for the benefit of all our communities in hopes of minimizing effects of power lines and the weather incidents we have experienced lately, they have also affected residents of our community in detrimental ways; specifically with the loss of food.

For residents currently receiving Cal Fresh, a mass replacement was issued on Wednesday October 23rd. For any future PSPS events, replacement benefits will be issued on an individual basis. These replacement benefits are usually issued at 60% of the monthly allotted amount for each customer who lost power for 4 or more hours.

Questions and concerns about the mass replacements or individual replacements can be directed to the County offices at Brighton Greens or the Eric Rood Center, or by calling (530) 265-7213 or (530) 265 7026.

Nevada County CalFresh

Better Together

Better Together: Housing First and Landlord Engagement Training, October 29th

The Nevada County Regional Continuum of Care (NCRCoC) is inviting the public to a half day training on Housing First and Landlord Engagement. The NCRCoC has partnered with two national expert organizations,  the Corporation for Supportive Housing and HomeBase, to bring these engaging trainings to our local community. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 29th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Nevada County Board Chambers at the Eric Rood Center in Nevada City.

HomeBase will provide a detailed overview of the core components of the Housing First approach, both as a best practice and as a requirement under California law for state-funded programs. Corporation for Supportive Housing will introduce the major themes and outcomes of months of collecting information from local providers and landlords and will introduce a "toolkit" for engaging and retaining local landlords. 

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Sierra Roots Volunteer Training for Cold Weather Shelter

The partnership between the County of Nevada, City of Nevada City and Sierra Roots continues into this next winter season in their coordinated efforts to provide Emergency Cold Weather sheltering for homeless members of our community.

In preparation for the upcoming season, Sierra Roots is holding volunteer trainings at the Nevada City Veteran Hall this Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 a.m. to -12:00 p.m.  All returning Sierra Roots volunteers and any new member of the community interested in volunteering must attend one volunteer training session to be eligible to help out during sheltering events. Any community members interested in helping out as a Community Liaison during sheltering events must also attend a security training session on the same training date from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

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Free Medication Take-Back Day, October 26th

Join Nevada County Public Health's community partners at this year's Medication Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26th. Help us keep unused medications out of the hands of our youth and out of our water supply by dropping off your unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal at locations in Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee.

This event is free, anonymous and convenient, and any unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription medications will be accepted. Empty pills into a zip-lock bag or black out personal information on bottles. Liquids are acceptable; please keep in original container with the lid on tight and place in a separate plastic bag to insure no leaking. Please do not bring sharps, medical waste, aerosols or hydrogen peroxide, illicit drugs.

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Day of the Dead Celebration at the Madelyn Helling Library

Nevada County is invited to come to the library to create a mini family shrine, play games, listen to great music, and snack on sweets on October 31st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for Day of the Dead.

Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a two-day holiday normally celebrated at the beginning of November to reunite the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations!

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Diwali Festival at the Madelyn Helling Library

October 29th marks the first Diwali Festival at the Madelyn Helling Library from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room. The public is invited to come to the library to make a gift, pop a cracker, or snack on some delicious sweets!

Diwali is the festival of lights mostly celebrated in India. Normally, the festival lasts five days and the third day is when the most significant celebrations take place. Rituals of the festival include lighting of Diyas and candles all around the house, worshipping the Laxmi Ganesha to summon health and wealth and bursting crackers.

Library Events Calendar

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Job Openings at Nevada County 

Nevada County employs approximately 800 employees covering a full range of services and positions, from accountants to wastewater treatment system operators. In Nevada County, quality of life comes first. It is the only rural California county with two designated Cultural Arts Districts and is known for its abundance of outdoor recreational activities.

Have a question? Contact Human Resources by calling (530) 265-7010 and selecting option 2.

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