Recycling, emergency preparedness and self-advocacy |

Recycling, emergency preparedness and self-advocacy

The group, Nevada County People First, will be overseeing the recycling effort at this year's Nevada County Fair. They will also be providing resources and education on emergency preparedness at their booth on the fair's "Day for People with Disabilities," set for Aug. 14.
David M. Arstein |

What do recycling (at the Nevada County Fair), emergency preparedness and self-advocacy have in common? The answer is Nevada County People First, a group of developmentally disabled adult self-advocates.

The group has been doing the recycling at the Nevada County Fair for over 10 years. Every morning of the Fair they show up at about 7:30 a.m., collect the full bags, replace them, and are done and gone by 9 a.m.

For the past several years, group members have had an information booth during the fair’s “Day for People with Disabilities” on Aug. 14. The purpose of the booth is to talk to people about self-advocacy and get new members for the chapter.

This year, thanks to a mini-grant from the Pacific Alliance of Disability Self-Advocates (PADSA), they are also promoting being prepared for emergencies. The group has partnered with the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services (OES), FREED Independent Living Center, The American Red Cross (ARC), and the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), and has received a variety of very useful information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

The booth will have a supply of emergency starter packs on hand as well as things to put in them. Visitors to the booth can spin a wheel and win anything from starter kits, flashlights, and first aid kits to complete ARC emergency packs, along with an information packet with checklists and advice from FEMA (including large print and Braille) and DDS (magnetized lists and a DVD). The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County has also donated copies of their 16-page 2015-2016 Fire Season Guide, including an Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Guide for Nevada County.

Potential new members will be invited to a pizza party/chapter meeting to meet members, and learn more about emergency preparedness and self-advocacy.

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