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Monthly Archives: October 2014

County, local hospitals prepared for Ebola virus

ebolaSan Bernardino County’s top public health officer told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that even though there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in California, the County is prepared to respond to the virus.

“We know how to stop the spread of diseases such as the Ebola virus,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. “I can assure you if and when we have Ebola in this county, it will be handled effectively with no danger to the public.”

On Sept. 18, a meeting was held with hospitals throughout the county, the Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency and first responders about the Ebola virus and reviewing the infection control process. Fifty percent of the hospitals in the county are prepared to treat patients with Ebola and the rest are prepared to isolate patients suspected of having the virus, Ohikhuare said.

Ebola is an infectious disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure and include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and abnormal bleeding. There are no specific treatments but supportive therapy can be provided to address bleeding and other complications. The Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. on Sept. 30 in a man who traveled to Dallas, Texas from Liberia.

Medical and public health professionals throughout the county are prepared to stop the spread of the virus by isolating ill patients, tracing all who may be exposed to ill patients and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms, Ohikhuare said. Medical workers are trained to wear protective gloves, gowns, facemasks and eye protection. They are expected to report any patient suspected of having the Ebola virus to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

The Ebola virus cannot be transmitted through the air, food or water. The virus is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of an infected person with symptoms or through exposure to objects, such as needles, that have been contaminated. People who do not have symptoms are not contagious. People at the highest risk for Ebola are health care workers and family and friends of infected patients.

For additional resources on Ebola visit http://www.cdc.gov/ or contact the Communicable Disease Section (CDS) at 1-800-722-4794. Continuous health information can be found on the CDS Facebook page at http://www.facebook/CommunicableDiseaseSection or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SBCOUNTYHS.

Help identify community development and affordable housing needs

Businessman with Coat and Tie Holding House.The Department of Community Development and Housing would like to invite everyone to participate in a vital needs assessment survey for the upcoming 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. The survey can be accessed online at the link below or by attending a Community Development meeting scheduled throughout the County(see linked flyers below for additional information as well as dates, times and locations of meetings).

The public’s input is essential in order to identify community development and affordable housing needs and set priorities for investment of federal grant funds to address them. A second fair housing study, called an “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” is also being conducted and will identify barriers to equal access to housing and will propose fair and affordable housing strategies to overcome those impediments.

The online survey is currently available to receive public input through November 17, 2014 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SanBernardinoCounty.

A draft of the completed plans will be posted for public comment beginning early 2015 at http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com/Housing-Development-Division.aspx.

Click here for more details.

Learn how to expand your business globally

earthParticipate in an exclusive free training program carefully designed to give business executives strategies, insights, and a ready network of contacts necessary to successfully expand sales globally.

“Successful Exporting in Today’s Global Economy,” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Chaffey College Chino Community Center, 5890 College Park Avenue in Chino. Click here to register.

If you believe exporting could be part of your growth strategy, these courses will provide you with the hands on tools and the latest information necessary to succeed. In addition, through this course, you will become informed about the effective finance and marketing assistance currently available through both state and federal agencies and walk away knowing precisely how to leverage these resources.

Selling American products and services overseas is both profitable and culturally rewarding for all companies that want to prosper in today’s global marketplace.

The Export Trade Assistance Partnership (ETAP) provides export training and assistance to local businesses and entrepreneurs interested in expanding to new markets.

To read more about the event, click here.

 

Government Works: County Information Services top notch in the state

Final Government Works StampSince 2010, the County’s Information Services Department has continued to receive high marks when it comes to making sure systems such as the County’s email and databases are operating efficiently with minimal service interruptions to County departments that serve the public.

Citizens depend on the County’s web sites to collect information and get access to services 24 hours a day.

Information Services began working with Microsoft Premier Support Services in 2005 to provide detailed analysis of key Microsoft Enterprise Systems. Microsoft engineers have complimented the Information Services Department on how the department maintains their Enterprise Microsoft systems compared to other state and local government sectors overall in the areas reviewed.

This is an example of how Government Works.

 

Voter information guides issued, early voting begins for Nov. 4 election

votingVoter information guides will be delivered to voters’ mailboxes beginning Saturday, Oct. 4, and early voting begins Monday, Oct. 6, for the Nov. 4, 2014 Statewide General Election.

Inside the voter information guide, voters will find a sample ballot, as well as information regarding voting, candidates, and measures. On the back cover of the voter information guide, voters will find the address of their assigned Election Day polling place. Voters are encouraged to hold on to their guide until Election Day so that they can easily find their polling place.

Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 6, at the San Bernardino County Elections Office, 777 East Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415, and continues through Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Normal business hours for the Elections Office are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website, sbcountyelections.com, or call 909.387.8300.

Federal agencies offering drought disaster loans

farmlandOwners of small farms, agricultural nonprofits, and small businesses in San Bernardino County impacted by the drought may be eligible for low-interest disaster relief loans.

The loans are expected to offset economic losses caused by the drought that began on January 1, 2014.

The Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are offering the loans, but each agency has a different set of criteria that must be met.

The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans to businesses that work directly with growers, such as truckers and suppliers of agricultural equipment or services, small agricultural cooperatives, and small businesses engaged in agriculture, such as nurseries.

Small Business Administration Economic Disaster Loans could offer up to $2 million in relief.

Businesses engaged in farming or ranching may be offered assistance through the USDA Farm Service Agency. The USDA FSA offers emergency farm loans of up to $500,000 for actual losses as a result of the drought to farmers and ranchers who conduct family-size farming operations or those who operate certified farmer’s markets.

Contact the Small Business Administration at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Contact the USDA Farm Service Agency at (661) 942-9549 or click here to visit the website.

For more drought-related information, visit the following links:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/applications/index.shtml

http://www.calema.ca.gov/NewsandMedia/Pages/Current%20News%20and%20Events/Drought.aspx.

The Great California ShakeOut is two weeks away!

ShakeOut_CA_GetReady_300x250Join over half a million people who live and work in San Bernardino County who will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.
What can you do in the next two weeks to be better prepared?
Click here for a flyer to familiarize yourself with 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.
Register your family here as ShakeOut participants.
Click here for more information on the ShakeOut in San Bernardino County.

Speak with your household about how to prepare, survive and recover from the next major earthquake.

Celebrate Halloween at the Spooktacular Food Truck Festival on Oct. 19

Food Truck_Flyer_OctThe San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department is excited to host their Spooktacular Food Truck Festival on Sunday, October 19, 2014  in celebration of Halloween and the arrival of fall.

The event will be held at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Get your grub on with an array of trucks including the Piaggio Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, Me So Hungry, and more.

Participate in costume contests, and enjoy live entertainment from Jersey Jim’s Big Boo Halloween Magic show and the Tommy Gunn Dance Crew.

For more information, click here.

County Fire: Working smoke alarms save lives!

smokedetectorWorking smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, San Bernardino County Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” says Mike Horton, San Bernardino County Fire Marshal. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.” This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement or understory.
• Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one activates, they all sound the alarm.
• Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
• Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

San Bernardino County Fire Department will be hosting activities throughout the County during Fire Prevention Week to promote “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!” Through these educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of working smoke alarms and testing them monthly. San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds residents that when they change batteries in any of their household equipment to take them to a collection facility instead of placing them in the trash. For facility locations go to our website, www.sbcfire.org/hazmat/hhwcollection.aspx. To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, or general safety information, please visit our website at www.sbcfire.org.

County Library and Bakers Drive Thru offer an exciting Book Club

MUS Opening Day POsterJoin the San Bernardino County Library as we partner with Bakers Drive Thru to promote reading among children and teens this fall. This eight-week reading program will begin Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 and run through the weekend of Nov. 22, 2014.

The San Bernardino County Library and Bakers Drive Thru are very excited to host this first ever fall Book Club to promote reading among children and teens just as the school year is beginning  preparing them for literacy success for the rest of the school year.

Participation in the program is easy! Visit any of our 32 County Libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4-17 and a parent or guardian must sign off on the reading log. Children will be able to reach three reading incentive levels and win prizes provided by Bakers Drive thru by logging in the number of pages read in their log. Awards vary on the level each participant achieves but includes certificates for free Hand-dipped Real Ice Cream Milkshakes; bean burritos, fries and a drink; single baker and Hand-dipped Real Ice Cream Milkshake. Every participant who reaches level three will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD.

The program officially opens at all San Bernardino County library locations on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The Baker Family Learning Center at 2818 North Macy Street in Muscoy will be hosting a special kickoff event at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 including a special presentation acknowledging this amazing partnership with Bakers Drive Thru, a performance by Arty Loon, followed by sign-ups to Bakers Book Club. The first 100 children and teens to attend the kick-off event will receive a free bag!

For further information regarding this event, please contact Liz Smith at (909) 387.2273.

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