Community Emergency Response Team program hard at work in Nevada County |

Community Emergency Response Team program hard at work in Nevada County

​Collaboration activities continue between Nevada County Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness Program, the Office of Emergency Services and the Superintendent of School’s Office. On Sept. 10, Patti Carter (Public Health Coordinator and Nevada County CERT Instructor) and Christine Espedal (School Climate and Safety Coordinator and CERT Instructor) presented at the National CERT 30th Anniversary Conference in Los Angeles. The session was called “Collaboration Between Schools and the County” and focused on the training of CERT teams within the Nevada Joint Union High School District.

Over the past several years, with funding provided through the Office of Emergency Services’ Homeland Security Grant, Espedal and Carter have provided training to students, faculty and staff at Bear River High School, Nevada Union High School, and Silver Springs High School. They are currently teaching a class for Ghidotti Early College High School students and staff along with Sierra College Staff. The CERT teams participate in drills and exercises within their own school campuses. The teams, along with their school administration and Espedal and Carter, are learning how to become involved and assist with large events that happen on campus, such as last year’s NUHS graduation where the CERT team provided a place for first-aid for those in attendance. Espedal and Carter returned from the conference with a renewed energy and new, innovative ideas for future CERT teams in Nevada County. For more information about the CERT Teams or about how Nevada County Public Health is working to keep our community prepared for emergencies, contact Carter at 530-265-7174 or at

County Adult Services passes state quality assurance audit

​The California Department of Social Services, In-Home Supportive Services Quality Assurance and Improvement Branch visited Nevada County for a site review Sept, 21-23. They reviewed a sample of IHSS cases, reviewed policies and procedures and accompanied our Quality Assurance Officer on a home visit. The results of their visit were very positive. Nevada County was awarded a certificate by the state auditors for maintaining over a 95 percent timely reassessment compliance rate for fiscal year 2015/2016.

The IHSS program has a long history of service to citizens of Nevada County and has been in operation for over 40 years. It currently serves about 740 recipients in the county. Its goal is to help individuals who are over 65, disabled or blind to remain safely in their own home so they don’t have to move into a higher level of care.

For more information contact Tamaran Cook at 530-265-7160 or

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