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Get ready for the Great California Shakeout on October 18

Join more than 600,000 people who live and work in San Bernardino County by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

What can you do to get ready for the ShakeOut?
Click here for a flyer to know what to do when the shaking starts.
If you, or a member of your household, are a person with a disability or have access or functional needs, click here for other tips and things to consider during an earthquake.

Your family and friends can also participate from work or home:
Register your family here as ShakeOut participants.

Watch this video to learn how to respond appropriately during an earthquake.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Klinkhart has more earthquake safety tips for you in this video.

What’s new this year?
The Great California ShakeOut supports the Countywide Vision’s public safety campaign Vision4Safety by helping people make their homes, workplaces and communities safer. Visit Vision4Safety.com for more earthquake safety tips and information.

Share your ShakeOut day photos and videos using the hashtags #SBCShakeOut and #Vision4Safety and we’ll share them on the County’s social media accounts.

Early voting opens for the Statewide General Election

Voting in the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election began Tuesday at the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters office.

Early voting hours at the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may also cast their ballots at the Registrar of Voters office on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Five additional early voting sites will open in Apple Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Montclair, Victorville, and Yucca Valley beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30.

To assist San Bernardino County voters, County Voter Information Guides were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service beginning on Oct. 3 and continue through this week.

Inside the Voter Information Guide, voters will find a sample ballot, as well as information about candidates, local measures, and how elections are conducted in California. On the back cover of the guide, voters will find the address of their assigned polling place. Voters are encouraged to hold on to their guide until Election Day so that they can easily find their polling place.

Voters may also access personalized election information, including their Voter Information Guide and their assigned polling place, using the My Elections Gateway application by visiting the Elections Office website, www.SBCountyElections.com.

Mail ballots for voters on the permanent mail ballot list were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday. Deliveries will continue as additional mail ballot requests are received.

For more information about this election, including the locations and hours of the additional early voting sites that open on Oct. 30, visit the Elections Office website, www.SBCountyElections.com, or call (909) 387-8300.

Prevent the Flu, Get a Flu Shot

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will be providing free flu shots on Oct. 10, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The flu shot clinic will be held in the Public Health parking lot at 351 N. Mountain View Avenue in San Bernardino — look for the colorful Public Health van. On Oct. 17 the flu clinic will be in the parking lot of the Child Support Services building on 10417 Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Flu shots are the first step in protecting against influenza virus and its potentially serious complications,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer, “I encourage residents to get their flu shot every year.”

Flu shots will be provided to all adults, men, women, senior citizens, pregnant women and children who are six months old and older. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18 years old. Children under 9 years old may require two doses of flu vaccine, four weeks apart, based on prior vaccination history.

A yearly flu shot can reduce the risk of severe flu illness and its potentially serious complications. Getting the flu shot can also reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school day due to flu illness. Last flu season (October 2017 to September 2018) there were 11 flu-related deaths in San Bernardino County. Nationally, CDC early estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season (CDC https://www.cdc.gov/flu/spotlights/press-conference-2018-19.htm#ref1). These new estimates are record-breaking, and emphasize the seriousness and severity of flu illness and serve as a strong reminder of the importance of flu vaccination.

In addition to getting vaccinated, it’s crucial to practice good health habits always. If you become ill, you should take actions to stop the spread of germs, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap/water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

For more information on the seasonal flu visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page or for information on where to get a flu shot, visit the San Bernardino County, Department of Public Health events calendar or call at 1-800-722-4794.

A celebration of life & resiliency for Las Vegas tragedy survivors

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services will host two forums next week for victims of last year’s Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy.

The forums will include a group discussion facilitated by licensed clinical therapists, one-on-one counseling, educational resources, help in navigating one’s own health care services, and assistance with applying for the State of Nevada and California Victim Compensation programs. Services will be provided by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services, the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health and The Counseling Team International.

All Services are provided free of charge. No insurance is needed.

The forums will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Victorville and on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Ontario. Click here for locations and more details.

For more information, please call the Bureau of Victim Services at (909) 382-3846.

 

Affordable housing units for veterans available in Loma Linda

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino and the San Bernardino County Community Development and Housing Agency invites military veterans to apply for spots on the waiting list for 36 brand-new 2- and 3-bedroom apartments at Loma Linda Veterans Village.

Apartments come with refrigerators and dishwashers, while the community includes a club room with kitchen, basketball court, swimming pool, volleyball court, laundry facilities, computer lab and on-site management. Mobility-impaired households will have priority for nine units designed for their needs and hearing/sight-impaired households will have priority for five units designed for their needs.

Income and other restrictions apply. Applicants will be referred from the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino waitlist. Once qualified by the Housing Authority, applicants who are offered a unit will receive a Project-Based Voucher rental subsidy. Tenant rent will be up to 30 percent of the total household gross income as determined by the Housing Authority.

Applications are available for download at the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino website, http://ww2.hacsb.com/, or for pickup at any Housing Authority office.

Up-to-date information is available by calling 909-992-0931. Click here for more information about Loma Linda Veterans Village.

 

 

San Bernardino County Libraries host Baker’s Book Club

Join the San Bernardino County Library System, San Bernardino City Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, and the Redlands A.K. Smiley Library as we partner with Baker’s Drive-Thru to promote reading among children and teens throughout San Bernardino County. The Baker’s Book Club program is underway through Saturday, Nov. 17. This program encourages students to read in all communities across the county.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries, San Bernardino City Branch Libraries, Colton City Library, Upland City Library, or Redlands A.K. Smiley Library to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 17, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. A voucher for a free Baker’s food item will be issued as reading goals are met. Each child and teen may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program.

In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read literacy campaign, this program will help to improve literacy among children ages 4 to 17, with the help of incentives, by inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievement goals,  and encouraging a reading routine.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serve a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Grand Jury wins statewide excellence in reporting award

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury’s 2016-17 report on the Apple Valley Unified School District Police Department has been recognized by the California Grand Jury Association as the best grand jury investigative report in the state.

The Grand Jury Reporting Award recognizes grand jury reports that bring matters of vital importance to public attention and lead to positive changes within their communities. Seven reports were nominated this year. In addition to evaluating the report’s quality – including clarity, thoroughness and substantiated facts – the Grand Jury Association considers agency responses and media coverage as measures of a report’s effectiveness.

The grand jury found that from January 2014 through December 2016, the Apple Valley Unified School District Police Department ordered more than 700 vehicles towed from public roadways. This number was proportionately higher than that in adjacent school districts during the same time period. All were towed by just one company. An examination of the issued citations revealed that most vehicles were not stopped for hazardous moving violations, but rather for equipment or registration violations that were outside of the department’s authority. During the same period, there was a decline in student-related interactions and on-campus activity by the police.

After the grand jury began its inquiry, the department changed is tow methodology to involve additional companies. The grand jury recommended that illegally obtained funds be returned, restitution be made where appropriate, owners be notified of their rights when subject to tow, the limits of the police authority be made clear and police duties and responsibilities be prioritized.

“The background was particularly thorough – written well, carefully attributed,” one reviewer stated. “The narrative was presented engagingly. Clearly the investigation’s findings resonated … because several policies and procedures were changed. The report also received extensive media coverage, further bringing to light the workings of a local government entity.”

The award was presented on Oct. 1 at the 37th California Grand Jury Association annual conference. Grand Jury Assistant Norma Grosjean, Superior Court administrator Sharon Bragg and 2016-17 grand jury member Ron Zurek accepted the award on behalf of the grand jury.

National emergency alert testing tomorrow, Oct. 3

Tomorrow, Oct. 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to conduct the fourth nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).

The WEA portion of the test is scheduled to commence at 11:18 a.m. Cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should only receive the message once.

The EAS portion of the test is scheduled to commence at 11:20 a.m. and will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, and satellite radio and television services.

The test may look like regular, local EAS tests that are familiar to most people, but there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. During the test the public will hear a message indicating “this is a test.” The audio message will be the same for radio, television and cable. With this test, television viewers will see the EAS message scrolling across their television screens, however,the printed message may not include the words “this is a test”. If you see the message without the words “this is a test” please do not call 911 as this is only a test. If you have an actual emergency, then call 911. Regular programming will resume at the conclusion of the test.

More information and links to both FEMA and the FCC’s information pages are available at the San Bernardino County Fire website here. This site also provides information on how to prepare for and stay informed about what to do in the event of an actual emergency. That information can also be found here.

Please remember, this is ONLY a test and not an actual emergency.

Project Connect event offers services to the homeless

Homeless and low-income individuals and families can access a variety of supportive services and information during the Project Connect outreach event on Wednesday, Oct. 3, hosted by the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and collaborative partners.

The event will provide free medical screenings, legal services, employment services, housing support services, child care information and services, senior services and more.  Additional information regarding other county services and resources will be available.

“The homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless often lack transportation and access to mainstream services,” said County Office of Homeless Services Chief Tom Hernandez.  “This is what makes the Project Connect event, and other events that bring together providers and those seeking services to one location, so vital to these individuals and the community.”

Project Connect will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Beginnings, Downtown Campus (formerly St. Paul’s United Methodist Church), located at 785 N. Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino.

Project Connect outreach events are held periodically throughout San Bernardino County to provide a centralized service delivery location where non-profit medical and social services providers can collaborate to best serve those in need.

For additional information on this or subsequent Project Connect outreach events, contact Deanna Luttrell at (909) 386-8225 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership works to develop countywide public and private partnerships and to coordinate services and resources to end homelessness in San Bernardino County. SBCHP is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by working to create a sustainable system of community health, public safety, and housing. Information on the Countywide Vision, the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and the Community Development and Housing Agency can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Free workshops on housing rights and responsibilities

The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board will conduct a series of workshops on housing rights and responsibilities throughout the month of October at various locations throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Each workshop will cover federal and state fair housing laws, how to recognize and report discrimination, the protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children, new HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices and much more.

Workshops in San Bernardino County will include Oct. 9 in Apple Valley, Oct. 10 in Fontana, Oct. 15 in Joshua Tree, Oct. 16 in Needles, Oct. 17 in Victorville, and Oct. 25 in Rancho Cucamonga. Click here for a complete schedule with times and locations in English and Spanish.

To attend, register online here, call 1-800-321-0911, extension 150, or email mmontes@ifhmb.com.

 

 

 

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