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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Joint supervisors meeting slated for next week

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Riverside County Board of Supervisors will conduct a rare joint meeting on Tuesday, September 16, in Riverside to discuss issues of regional importance, including the local impacts of the Affordable Care Act, the release of state prison inmates to local communities for supervision, and the future of Ontario International Airport.

“We have a lot in common with our neighbors in Riverside County, so it’s important for us to come together from time to time to discuss issues that affect our residents and business communities,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford. “When we work together, we have a much stronger voice at the state and national levels.”

In addition to healthcare, state prison realignment, and Ontario International Airport, the boards are scheduled to discuss forming a subcommittee on inter-county cooperation to ensure regional issues are addressed in a timely manner.

The two boards conducted a formal joint meeting most recently in February 2008 in Sacramento. The boards also met together in January 2000 in Riverside and in March 1999 in San Bernardino.

Next week’s joint meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on the first floor of the Riverside County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St., in Riverside. Those who cannot attend the meeting can view it live or recorded at


48th Annual Calico Days set for Sept. 27-28

HOTSHOT GUN SPINNERRegional Parks would like to invite you and your family to attend our 48th Annual Calico Days celebration and extravaganza in honor of Calico Ghost Town turning 48! There will be live music, activities for the kids, line dancing, an evening dance under the desert stars & more. Hope you can join us as we celebrate with a rootin’ tootin’ hollerin’ good time. Adults: $10 Youth 6-15: $5, 5 & under FREE. Camping still available.
For more information, click here.

¿Están Listos? Are you ready for a disaster?

ListosA disaster preparedness course will be held entirely in Spanish on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15 at Sunrise Church, 2759 Ayala Drive in Rialto.

The 12-hour course, “Listos” is free and provides participants with instruction on personal preparedness, utility control, portable fire extinguisher use, and basic first-aid techniques.

The Nov. 14 class is from 6 to 9 p.m. and the Nov. 15 class is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The course is available through a partnership with the Rialto Community Emergency Response Team in partnership with San Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services.

With almost 25 percent of the County’s population speaking Spanish as their primary language at home, it makes sense to provide disaster preparedness training in a culturally-relevant format.

The first ever Listos course was conducted last week at San Bernardino County Fire Station 72 in Fontana.

For more information about the upcoming Listos course, click here.

Adopt a furever friend weekend Sept. 13-14

fureverfriendweekend blueSan Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC) will host a two day adoption event at its shelter in Devore on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14. The event is part of the shelter’s Homeward Bound Project Adopt Campaign. The adoption fees for the weekend will be $25 for dogs and $17 for cats which includes a microchip and spay/neuter fee for each pet. The fee does not include the cost of a dog license and there is a limit of two adoptions per family. The shelter also has two chickens and more than two dozen rabbits (adoption fee for chickens and rabbits is $5 each)

The “Animals aRe First Fund” (ARFF), a local non-profit charitable organization that assists stray animals in County of San Bernardino Animal Shelters, will be paying for the vaccination, spay/neuter fees.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to match pets that need homes with those looking for a furever friend,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control.

The Devore Animal Shelter, located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino. The shelter will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, please call San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at 1-800-472-5609.

Suicide Prevention Week – Know the signs

suicidepreventionSeptember 8 through 14 marks the 40th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. The purpose of Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day is to create awareness and provide information and education about the warning signs of suicide as well as reduce the stigma surrounding the topic of suicide.  The warning signs of emotional pain or suicidal thoughts aren’t always obvious.

Suicide is real, but can also be preventable.  According to the International Association for Suicide, the number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.  Knowing what to look for and finding the words to show concern and support may be a life-saving act.

Here are some warning signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless, desperate or trapped
  • Giving away possessions
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Reckless behavior
  • Anger
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawal
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Changes in sleep
  • Sudden mood changes
  • No sense of purpose

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Myth: The ‘Big One’ will happen in the morning

ShakeOut_CA_JoinUs_851x315Just after 3 a.m. on August 24 2014, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa Valley in Northern California.

The 1999 Hector Mine quake, a 7.0 magnitude, started at 2:46 a.m.

The 6.7 magnitude 1994 Northridge quake struck at 4:30 a.m.

Despite the times these earthquakes occurred, it’s a myth that earthquakes only happen in the early mornings.

According to the Earthquake Country Alliance, earthquakes occur at all times of day. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake was at 5:54 p.m. and the 1940 Imperial Valley quake was at 8:37 pm. The 1992 Joshua Tree earthquake was at 9:50 p.m. and the 2003 San Simeon quake was at 11:15 a.m.

Want to know more facts about earthquakes? Visit and register to take part in the Great California Shakeout at 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014.



Volunteer training sessions at County Museum

shakeoutmuseumAnnual volunteer recruitment and training is starting this month at the San Bernardino County Museum. The museum’s education division will offer weekday training on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekend training is Saturday September 13 and Saturday, September 20, both days from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The training sessions are free, but volunteers are asked to commit to at least 12 hours per month for a minimum of six months.

“Weekday volunteers will help with school field trips and our interactive program, 1880s at Work and Play,” said Carla Rosenkild, museum educator. “We are looking forward to a busy fall and winter season, especially with the opening of our new exhibit, Fossils Underfoot.”

The museum’s education division also seeks weekend volunteers to help with a variety of activity days, many of which are scheduled in conjunction with new exhibits.

“Volunteering at the County Museum is good opportunity for retired people to stay busy and involved and for students to gain required volunteer hours for school,” said Rosenkild. “Volunteers need to be comfortable with speaking and interacting with students and visitors after completing their training.”

You can fill out an application on line at or fill out an application at Museum front desk. Youth volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Weekday volunteers must attend all three weekday training sessions; weekend volunteers must participate in both weekend sessions. Please contact Museum Educator Carla Rosenkild at (909) 798-8611 or e-mail

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.

Sign up for emergency alerts via text message and VoIP

911emergencyFeatures of the County’s emergency notification system  allows public safety personnel to reach more residents than ever before during disasters. The Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) uses listed and unlisted numbers in the region’s 911 database to alert residents of life-threatening emergencies and San Bernardino County updates this database every six months. TENS is a proven success, and has placed hundreds of thousands of calls during wildfire and flood events since its creation in 2004. However, the 9-1-1 database only includes landline telephones, so other numbers must be registered. If a resident wishes to receive an emergency alert text message on their cell phone or an emergency call on their Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone they must register the number in the system. TENS is only used in potentially life-threatening incidents such as an evacuation during a wildfire or earthquake. When the County deems it necessary to activate TENS, it will call the numbers in the 9-1-1 landline database in the affected area, and another separate alert will also go out via text message to the cell phones of those residents who have signed up for these alerts. In addition, a call will also be placed to any VoIP numbers that have been registered. The TENS system is currently TTY and TDD capable, however, residents who use these devices are encouraged to enter their numbers using this new feature so that the County can ensure they receive a message appropriate for their device. To sign up, please visit or sign up from the home pages of the County Fire and Sheriff’s departments at  or Thanks to the partnership with San Bernardino County’s 2-1-1 Social Services Hotline, residents who do not have internet access may register by dialing 211 or 1-888-435-7565 to sign up. Since many households do not have landlines these days, we hope that this additional method will go further towards alerting residents and enhancing the overall safety of even more San Bernardino County citizens. Be Prepared BEFORE disaster strikes. Learn more by visiting and click on Disaster Preparedness. The County of San Bernardino Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department utilizes multiple ways to notify residents of impending danger, but residents should not wait for or rely exclusively on any single notification system. If you are concerned about your safety and welfare, please evacuate.

Fresh produce and artisan breads at ARMC Farmer’s Market

fruitCelebrate Fruit and Veggie Month!

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) hosts a Farmer’s Market each Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in front of the hospital.

Stop by ARMC for certified fresh locally grown produce and artisan breads.

ARMC partners with the Southland Farmers Market Association to bring the weekly Farmers Market to the Medical Center. ARMC is committed to promoting health and wellness to the community in line with the Countywide Vision.

For more information, call 909-580-2198. Click here for more details.

Be disaster aware, take action to prepare

countyfireSeptember is National Preparedness Month, what better time to take advantage of resources that are available to help prepare for the next disaster.  Recently we have all witnessed the devastation of the wildfires burning throughout California and the August Severe Weather (Floods & Mudslides).  Preparedness is a year round activity.  Building community resilience requires close coordination with government, emergency managers, public and private sectors, as well as individuals to plan for the needs of the whole community.  The goal is to engage the public to make preparedness a part of their daily lives and not just for one single month.
Launched in 2004, National Preparedness Month (NPM) is FEMA’s national annual preparedness outreach program managed and sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign.
Ready ask individuals to do four key things:

  • Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and the appropriate responses.
  • Make a family emergency plan.
  • Build an emergency supply kit.
  • Get involved in community efforts.

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