Nevada County employees deployed to assist with Valley Fire in Lake County |

Nevada County employees deployed to assist with Valley Fire in Lake County

When Lake County sent a request to all 58 counties in California requesting emergency management assistance in response to the Valley Fire, Nevada County responded by deploying two employees — Alex Friant, a GIS analyst in the Information and General Services Department, and Patti Carter, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

Friant spent six days of 12-hour shifts in the Lake County Local Assistance Center generating various GIS products to include burn comparison maps, damage assessment maps and statistics based on information received from Cal Fire crews in the field.

Carter spent five days as a Public Information Officer in the Lake County Emergency Operations Center answering questions from the public, posting information via social media, and interacting with various media outlets.

The purpose of Emergency Management Mutual Aid is to provide emergency management personnel and technical specialist to support disaster operations of an affected jurisdiction during an emergency.

When disasters impact rural counties and the local resources are limited, it is nice to know that this mutual aid system is available through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Upcoming events at the library

​The Family Movie Afternoon for Monday will be “Hook.” The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Gene Albaugh Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library for free popcorn, candy and lots of fun. Admission to the movie is also free.

The library will be hosting “Paws to Read,” where children can build their literacy skills while reading to a certified therapy dog at the Madelyn Helling Library from 3-4 p.m.

All ages and reading proficiencies welcome.

Two free technology classes are planned for next week in the Collaborative Technology Center at the Madelyn Helling Library.

Wednesday, Next Level Excel will be held from 4-5:30 p.m.

Friday, How to Use My Computer will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will cover everything from how to turn your computer on to basic Internet use.

Nevada County Nutrition Education Program recognized

The Nevada County Public Health Department’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program was recently recognized by the USDA for its work.

According to the USDA Western Regional Office, Nevada County emerged as having one of the strongest integrated work plans in the state.

It was praised for its “common thread of thoughtful goals, evidence-based approaches, multi-component activities, and coordination with other local partners.”

The NEOP program works to improve the health status of community members through increased fruit and vegetable consumption and daily physical activity.

The NEOP team provides nutrition education classes to children, adults and seniors, and even holds specialized classes for particular populations, such as those in substance abuse recovery.

NEOP hosts community events like the annual Fruit and Veggie Fest and the Annual Silver Springs Health Fair, and provides training to teachers and food bank staff and volunteers.

The NEOP team has also organized container garden projects at senior and low-income apartment complexes thereby increasing access to fresh fruits and veggies, and has assisted in the revision of school wellness policies.

Last year, the NEOP program provided direct and indirect nutrition education to over 7,043 residents in 36 locations throughout Nevada County.

NEOP evaluation results continue to show that there are great benefits to those who participate in the program. For example, last year’s nutrition education pre- and post-test results showed that 76 percent are more likely to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains because of the classes they attended.

For more information on NEOP classes and activities, links to quick healthy recipes, or to read more about the program’s successes, visit the NEOP webpage at

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