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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Blue Cut Fire: Resources, services and debris removal


Residents affected by the Blue Cut Fire who need help with services and housing are urged to call 2-1-1 or 877-410-8829.

Click here for a guide to services available to fire victims.

Questions about how to go about rebuilding your home? Click here

Click here for information on asbestos testing and removal.

Interested in resources for the homeless in the High Desert? Click here

Click here for the application to have damaged property reassessed.

Click here for the required sworn statement to have vital records replaced.

Click here for information on the safe use of private wells and septic systems after a wildfire or call the San Bernardino County Division of Environmental Health Services for assistance at (800) 442-2283. Click here for a list of qualified local well drillers.

Click here for information and applications regarding the process for reestablishing electrical power to water well pumps.

Click here for disaster-related public health information.

Click here for a weather forecast from the National Weather Service regarding the Blue Cut Fire burned area.

For power outage information, please contact Southern California Edison at 800-655-4555. Edison will waive connection fees for total loss properties.

If you are aware of scam artists and price gougers preying on fire victims, contact the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office at (909) 382-7748.

Due to the generous donations of so many, the American Red Cross reports that current needs for items such as food, clothing and household goods for those impacted by the Blue Cut Fire have been met.

The Inland Empire United Way Fire Relief Fund is continuing to work with community partners to assess and address the unmet needs of those affected by the fire and is accepting cash donations to assist with this effort. Cash donations can be made online at, by texting RELIEF to 40403, or by check, made payable to Inland Empire United Way and sent to: IEUW Fire Fund, 9644 Hermosa Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730

Second round of Community Plan workshops coming up

The County wants to hear from you!

Over the past eight months, the Countywide Plan team has been visiting various unincorporated communities meeting with people and learning more about what people value about where they live and work. To date, more than 1,000 people have attended Countywide Plan workshops and shared their ideas about the future of their communities. The County has received thousands of comments on community values, local issues, and ways to make improvements. Countywide-Plan-w-Tagline2

Starting this September and running through January 2017, the County will be out in the field again soliciting feedback from 15 additional unincorporated communities, with two workshops conducted in each community. The first workshop for the first seven communities have been scheduled for September with the second workshops scheduled for November (see below).  The County will update existing Community Plans or create new plans based on local input.

Visit for meeting locations, additional information, and to sign up for email updates.


Angelus Oaks, September 14 & November 9

Homestead Valley (Landers, Flamingo Heights, Johnson Valley, and Yucca Mesa), September 12 & November 17

Lytle Creek, September 12 & November 7

Morongo Valley, September 14 & November 16

Mt. Baldy, September 13 & November 14

Pioneertown, September 13 & November 15

San Antonio Heights, September 15 & November 10

WORKSHOPS TO BE SCHEDULED (November through January)

  • Baker
  • Daggett
  • El Mirage
  • Newberry Springs
  • Oak Hills
  • Oro Grande
  • Wrightwood
  • Yermo

Both workshops will provide the opportunity for those who live or conduct business in each community to talk one-on-one with County representatives and in groups with their community neighbors. At the first workshop, the County will facilitate discussions and obtain input about the local area’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges, and identify goals and objectives to improve each community. The second workshop will focus on specific implementation strategies and tools to achieve each community’s goals and objectives.

Visit the Community Plans website at for more information, including a comparison between the content of the existing Community Plans and the new Community Plans.  You can also find out more information about the overall Countywide Plan (an update of the current General Plan).

If your community is not identified on the website for a community plan and you would like the County to consider creating one in your area, please email the County at


In 2011, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Countywide Vision and in 2015, the County launched the preparation of the first Countywide Plan, which is being developed over the course of three years to enhance coordination with the public, with outside agencies and organizations, and within the County organization itself.  It will serve as a resource for efficient and effective decision-making regarding countywide services and resources.

The Countywide Plan includes a Community Plan program to guide local expectations for County services and set clear direction for the future of specified unincorporated communities.

EHS: Get a free food thermometer and learn about food safety

barbecue labor dayJust in time for Labor Day, the Division of Environmental Health Services will be providing information regarding food safety, including complimentary food thermometers, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at their offices, 172 West Third Street in San Bernardino.

Labor Day weekend calls for lots of opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends, including picnics, barbecues, cookouts and other outdoor parties. The warm weather is perfect for outdoor eating but it also presents opportunities for foodborne illnesses. Remember the following tips to protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illnesses this Labor Day:

  • Wash your hands – before and after handling food
  • Marinate food in the refrigerator – Never marinate food on the counter
  • Keep raw food separate – Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood in a separate cooler or securely wrapped at the bottom of the cooler so their juices won’t contaminate prepared food or raw produce
  • Cook food thoroughly – Use a food thermometer to ensure food is cooked thoroughly to destroy harmful bacteria
  • Keep hot food hot – Keep hot food at 135 degrees or above until served
  • Keep cold food cold – Keep cold food at 41 degrees or below until served

Make it a food safe Labor Day weekend!

County launches disaster preparedness app

sb ready appLocal public safety officials are encouraging residents to protect themselves and their loved ones before, during, and after a disaster by using a new smartphone app created through the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services (County OES) in partnership with QuickSeries Publishing.

“The county’s primary role is protecting the public. The Ready SB app gives residents and their families the tools and information they need to stay safe before, during, and after an emergency,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.

The new app, Ready SB, provides residents with multiple resources that will assist them in preparing for a disaster. Ready SB is now available as a free download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and can immediately help residents prepare themselves for emergencies.

Ready SB features include:

  • My Plan – Answer five simple questions and Ready SB will create your customized emergency supply checklist
  • Alerts – With push notifications, County OES can notify you instantly of emergency situations in your area
  • My Status – Use Ready SB’s integrated messaging system to send an instant status update to your personal emergency contact to let them know you’re OK or that you need assistance
  • Evacmap & Shelters – Find evacuation routes with live traffic patterns and shelter locations with on- and offline mapping
  • Need To Know – Learn all you need to plan for and respond to natural disasters, terrorism, pandemic flu, floods, earthquakes and more
  • Resource List – Find contact information to local health and public safety agencies such as the American Red Cross, Animal Care & Control, county departments, and fire protection agencies

Ready SB’s features can be used with or without Internet connection. The app was created through a grant administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is the first app of its kind within the state of California.

Public safety officials urge residents to utilize the Ready SB app to make a family emergency plan and stay informed during emergencies.

“Ready SB makes emergency preparedness easier than ever. With one app, residents can stay informed and know exactly what to do to stay safe in case of an emergency,” said Michael Antonucci, Emergency Services Manager of County OES.

Residents are reminded to take the necessary steps to protect their families as firefighters continue to battle and monitor ongoing fires. “The San Bernardino County Fire Department goes above and beyond to protect its residents from emergencies. Now with the Ready SB app, we’re empowering residents with the information they need to take action and prevent themselves from becoming victims of a disaster,” Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit Courtesy photos of the Ready SB app can be found at

County shelter and local assistance center to close today

lac blue cut fireSan Bernardino County’s Shelter Operations Compound (SHOC) and Local Assistance Center (LAC), which have provided assistance to more than 300 residents displaced by the Blue Cut Fire, will close their doors today at noon. Assistance and services have been provided to evacuees at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville since last week.

Those impacted by the fire can still find out information about services and resources by calling 1-877-410-8829. Staff from San Bernardino County’s Transitional Assistance Department’s Customer Service Center will refer callers to resources. Information will be available in multiple languages, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., until Sept. 2. After Sept. 2, residents can call 2-1-1.

Those who call will be able to access many of the same resources that have been available to them since last week. On Aug. 18, San Bernardino County, in coordination with the American Red Cross, activated the County’s Mass Care and Shelter Plan and opened the Shelter Operations Compound to serve county residents impacted by the Blue Cut Fire. The County opened the Local Assistance Center at the fairgrounds on Aug. 19 to provide a one-stop location for a services including disaster assistance, property information, and insurance claims. Evacuees were provided with food, shelter, health care and animal care to residents displaced by the fire. Cots, food, showers and restrooms were also available.


Reunification of pets and owners affected by the Blue Cut Fire

blue cut fire horsesReunification of pets and owners is an important focus of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control (ACC). In an effort to reunite lost pets with their families affected by the Blue Cut Fire, ACC urges individuals looking for lost pets to visit the three emergency evacuation animal shelters in Devore, Apple Valley and Victorville, as well as other local shelters in surrounding cities where lost or stray animal might have been taken.
· Devore Animal Shelter – 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, call (909) 386-9820
· San Bernardino County Fairgrounds – 14800 7th St., Victorville.
· Apple Valley Animal Shelter – 22131 Powhatan Rd., Apple Valley, call (760) 240-7000

Animals evacuated from the fires may not be on ACC’s website due to the various locations they could have been taken to, such as the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, the Town of Apple Valley Animal Shelter, and Devore Animal Shelter or other local shelters. All stray animals admitted to our Devore shelter are on our County’s website. The animal’s photo is placed on the ACC’s website for easy review, along with a brief description of the animal. Animals evacuated to county shelters by their owners will not be on the website since those animals are unavailable for adoption and we know who the owner of record is.

“Animal Care and Control is committed to helping reunite lost pets with their families,” said Brian Cronin, Chief of Animal Care and Control. “We encourage individuals looking for lost pets to first visit ACC’s animal shelters and then other local shelters.”

Some animals may be delivered to any of a number of other animal shelter facilities in the surrounding area. The City of Hesperia Animal Shelter, Victor Valley Animal Protective League (serves Adelanto and Victorville) or other shelters in the Central Valley may have received lost or stray animals during this time. Pet owners are encouraged to contact all local animal shelters if they have lost their pet.

For more information contact San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at (909) 386-9820 or view the ACC website. For surrounding shelter numbers and addresses click here.

Federal aid not expected for Blue Cut Fire victims

County residents who have lost their homes to the Blue Cut Fire have been asking local relief workers if federal assistance will be available to help them rebuild. Unfortunately, the fire is not expected to reach the threshold needed to qualify for a federal disaster declaration and the federal aid that would follow.

The ongoing Blue Cut Fire burning through several San Bernardino County communities already stands as one of the most costly disasters to strike the county in recent years. But counties, cities, and other local government agencies cannot directly request federal aid. Only states can ask for a federal disaster declaration.

San Bernardino County declared a local emergency on Tuesday, the day the fire broke out. In response, the governor declared a state emergency, but the fire did not meet the threshold for a federal disaster.

The county is helping fire victims to the degree that it can by operating a Local Assistance Center at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville. The center is a one-stop location for the various services available to fire victims. Among the services assembled by the county at the center are the state Department of Insurance and various insurance companies who can provide homeowners with advice and assistance on restoring their properties.

The Local Assistance Center also includes representatives from the county Assessor/Recorder/clerk and the departments of Children and Family Services, Aging and Adult Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Veteran’s Affairs, Land Use Services, Transitional Assistance and Workforce Development. Also available are the State Department of Motor Vehicles, Oak Hills Water District, Community Action Partnership and Southern California Edison.

Bluecut Fire updates

bluecutfireThe Bluecut Fire started on Tuesday at 10:36 a.m. in the Cajon Pass near Kenwood Avenue, west of Interstate 15. For updates and information on the fire, including mandatory evacuation areas, animal evacuation shelters, road and school closures, click here or visit Evacuation centers are available at the Jessie Turner Community Center, 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana and the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St., Victorville.

Follow San Bernardino County Fire on Facebook  and Twitter @SBCOUNTYFIRE or follow San Bernardino County Sheriff on Facebook and Twitter @sbcountysheriff for up-to-date information.

A relief fund for Bluecut Fire victims has been created. To donate, or text RELIEF to 40403, or visit, or send a check payable to Inland Empire United Way to IEUW Fire Fund, 9644 Hermosa Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.

The County has opened a Local Assistance Center at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St., Victorville. for residents affected by the fire. The LAC is a one-stop location for a variety of services including but not limited to disaster assistance, property information, and insurance claims. The following agencies are currently providing services at the LAC:

  • County Departments:
  • Assessor/Recorder/clerk
  • Children and Family Services
  • Department of Aging and Adult Services
  • Department of Behavioral Health
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Employment Development Department
  • Land Use Services
  • Transitional Assistance Department
  • Workforce Development Department
  • Non-County Entities:
  • State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • State Department of Insurance
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Oak Hills water district
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Southern California Edison

Registration open for 2016 Fatherhood Conference

Jaiya John, author, poet and spoken word artist is the keynote speaker.

Jaiya John, author, poet and spoken word artist is the keynote speaker.

Inland Empire men will be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the 2016 Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 20 conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College, 701. S. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino, will feature workshops. There will be Spanish translation available. Jaiya John, a renowned author, poet and spoken word artist, is the keynote speaker at the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC) event. John, the author of “Father to Son: Ode to Black Boys,” will do a meet-and-greet and sign several of his books following his remarks. To register for the conference, visit

“One of the most consequential social trends of our time is father absenteeism,” said Lesford Duncan of the County Children’s Network, who serves as co-chair of the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC). “The absence of a father increases a child’s risk of experiencing a host of poor outcomes in the short and long term, such as poverty, poor school performance, child abuse and neglect, emotional and behavioral problems, and incarceration.”

Now in its second year, the conference is a collaboration by the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC), a group of community-based organizations, county agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals from various professions working to reduce father absenteeism and the negative images of fatherlessness. The mission of the IEFIC is to encourage healthy child development by promoting the involvement, necessity, and value of the role of fathers in the family and community. Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Children and Family Services, Preschool Services Department, First 5 San Bernardino, Child Support Services, Department of Behavioral Health, Department of Public Health Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Probation.

Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network and the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition are doing their part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at

Board expands efforts to address chronic homelessness

Homeless PersonFollowing the successful County-led effort to house more than 500 homeless veterans in one year, the Board of Supervisors voted today to expand that initiative and target chronic homelessness, particularly among youth.

In July 2015, the Board of Supervisors vowed to find housing for all homeless military veterans in the county by the end of 2015. A total of 401 veterans were identified as homeless and an advisory group of County, community and private partners went to work on finding permanent housing for them by December 2015.  All 401 veterans were housed the day before Thanksgiving 2015 and an additional 162 were housed as of July 2016.

Encouraged by the results of the County-led initiative to reduce and end veteran homelessness, the Board endorsed the expansion of the advisory board’s goals and strategic initiatives to focus on chronically homeless individuals, including the most vulnerable veterans and youth, as well as individuals experiencing mental illness, addiction, and other disabilities.

“We learned many lessons in our efforts to house homeless veterans and we want to use that knowledge to help other segments of the homeless population such as our youth,” said Board Chairman James Ramos. “We believe we can break some of the cyclical and chronic patterns of homelessness, especially when we focus on our young people.”

The Board encourages the development of new strategies emerging from the 401>0 Veterans Initiative including a centralized housing search, development of housing targeted to the chronic population, a cost-benefit analysis study, and the partnership of local communities in the County in solving the homeless problem.

There are 376 people identified as chronically homeless countywide and 31 of them are chronically homeless youth ages 18 to 24. Homeless youth face increased risks of chronic homelessness, including victimization, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD and suicide.

Philip Mangano, a national expert on homelessness and CEO of the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness, has served as an advisor to the County-led effort. He praised the Board’s leadership in creating the advisory board to identify impediments to housing homeless veterans and resolve those obstacles. Ultimately, their work created a template of strategic approaches that will serve all homeless populations in the county, he said.

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