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Floating Boat Docks Installed at Tisdale Weir Boat Ramp in Sutter County
August 30, 2013

Floating boat docks have been installed at the Tisdale Boat Ramp at Tisdale Weir along the Sacramento River in western Sutter County.

California Custom Docks installed the $60,000 floating docks at the boat ramp this week.

There are three metal frame and cement tile deck docks. Each is eight feet wide by 20 feet long, so the complete assembly is 60 feet long. There are handrails to assist people in getting into and out of boats.

Tisdale Boat Ramp and floating docks were funded entirely by the California Parks and Recreation Department’s Division of Boating and Waterways, which provides grants to local government agencies from income generated through the licensing of boats.

The Tisdale Weir is a feature of the flood control system, and Sacramento River flows cross the weir during high water episodes. The docks will be removed November 1 and reinstalled May 1, because of intermittent closing of the boat ramp due to rising river levels.

Holiday Closure
August 26, 2013
On Monday, September 2nd, most county offices will be closed for Labor Day.
Wildfire Smoke is a Health Hazard - Protect People at Risk
August 16, 2013

Smoke from wildfires is a frequent experience in Northern California that presents a known health hazard. Wildfire smoke contains irritants and “particulate matter” (PM). Very small PM and irritants can enter deep into the lungs and cause health problems, even in small amounts. It is important to know what to do when wildfire smoke is in the air to reduce the exposure to wildfire smoke and the risk of adverse effects on health.

Healthy people can be affected by wildfire smoke, but some groups are especially vulnerable to the irritants and PM in smoke, such as people with heart or lung disease, older adults, pregnant women and children. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. People with cardiovascular diseases, like coronary heart disease, high blood pressure or other vascular disease, are more likely to have a heart attack or other illness in smoky conditions. People with lung problems, like asthma or emphysema, are more likely to have their condition aggravated. Children’s developing lungs are more vulnerable to the bad effects of smoke and very small PM.

Here are some specific strategies to reduce risk when there is visible smoke in the air:

  • Stay indoors; set indoor and car air conditioning to re-circulate; avoid using a whole-house fan or a swamp cooler.
  • Reduce activity, especially outdoor physical activity, during times when air quality is reduced.
  • Avoid adding other sources of indoor air pollution, such as tobacco smoke, heating with wood stoves, frying or broiling foods, vacuuming, and using paints, solvents, or adhesives.
  • Children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be particularly careful to avoid unnecessary exposure to smoke.
  • People with asthma, heart or other lung conditions should follow their healthcare plans carefully; if your symptoms start getting worse, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Pay attention to air quality reports and the recommended protective measures for the day’s air quality level for your health status.
Pig Roast Fundraiser at Museum
August 14, 2013

The Community Memorial Museum Commission is sponsoring a pig roast on Saturday, August 24 at the new Ettl Hall behind the Museum. The event is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Barbecued pork with all the fixings is the featured menu. The band Blue Moon will provide bluegrass music. Tickets are available for $25 per person at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner. Tickets for children under 12 years of age are $10. The Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

West Nile Virus
August 13, 2013
Two women who live in Sutter County have been diagnosed with the neuroinvasive type of West Nile virus (WNV) illness. These are the first reported cases of human West Nile virus in Sutter County for 2013. One is recovering at home and the other is hospitalized.

The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District has been testing collections of mosquitoes for West Nile virus and has been finding positive tests in mosquitoes from around the county since June 10th. Twelve WNV positive dead birds in Sutter County have been reported to the California Department of Public Health so far this year. The District is increasing mosquito control as the level of WNV activity in the County increases. An important way that the public can help track WNV activity is by reporting dead birds to the California West Nile Virus hotline at 1-877-968-2473 or online at http://www.westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php.

As the summer progresses into late fall, the risk for infection for humans, horses and other mammals increases. The key to prevention of infection in humans with WNV is prevention of mosquito bites. It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites. The 6 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

  • D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
  • D – Dress to cover arms and legs
  • D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
  • D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
  • D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house to reduce numbers of mosquitoes around you – some common places are gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays
  • D – District – let the Mosquito Control District know about any standing water, such as neglected swimming pools or ditches.
Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms, but approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues) and it can be fatal.

The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to http://www.sutter-yubamvcd.org/.

Know the Signs Suicide Prevention and Awareness Campaign Publication Available
August 13, 2013
A special 12-page publication on suicide and suicide prevention, created by Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services in partnership with the California Mental Health Services Authority, was published in The Appeal-Democrat newspaper on Friday, Aug. 9.

Copies of the publication are available at Sutter-Yuba Mental Health Services. A pdf version is available online using the link below.

Please Take a Moment for an Online Survey About Hazards in Sutter County
August 12, 2013
As part of the development of an update to Sutter County's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, the County has developed a survey for county residents.

The survey is available and can be taken online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SutterCountyHazardMitigation

Sutter County is the lead agency for updating a multi-jurisdictional plan to mitigate damage from a variety of potential disasters, including floods, earthquakes, wildfires, dam failures, drought and severe weather. Partnering with the County in this plan update are the cities of Yuba City and Live Oak, in addition to other jurisdictions.

Local jurisdictions are required to have official Hazard Mitigation Plans to better position resources in advance of a disaster and to qualify for mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Receiving input from residents is part of the planning update process.

Receive Sutter County Emergency Alerts by Text, E-mail
August 02, 2013

The Sutter County Office of Emergency Management is launching a new information service allowing residents to receive advisories and emergency alerts via text and email.

This service, created by Nixle, LLC delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications by web, e-mail, and cell phone.

Nixle is completely simple, trusted and available at no cost to Sutter County and its residents.

Nixle is a community information service that alerts you to public safety threats and community events via web, e-mail, and cell phone. Sign up at www.nixle.com to register, or go to the Sutter County Office of Emergency Management web page to sign up:

Residents may also sign up for SMS text alerts generated by the Sutter County Office of Emergency Management only by texting their zip code, or the word, “Sutter,” to 888777.

Register now and learn more at www.nixle.com. Then share this new service with friends and neighbors to spread the word!

Nixle’s authenticated service connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through e-mails and through Web access.

Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.