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GOT POWER? Be Prepared for the NEXT POWER OUTAGE! Learn About Generators, Solar Battery Backup & More – December 6, 2018

Be prepared! The Alpine Library is hosting a forum to learn more about generators, solar battery backup, and other residential emergency power options. Local businesses including Bay City Electric Works, Clay Electric, and Kamp’s Propane will be here to answer your questions. Join us for this free event on Thursday December 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm. The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email albranch1752@gmail.com

EMERGENCY INFORMATION: Wildfire Smoke and Face Masks for Protection in Dangerous Conditions

Surgical and dust masks WILL NOT protect you from the dangers of breathing Wildfire smoke… Choose a mask called a “particulate respirator”.

Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make you cough and wheeze, and can make it hard to breathe. If you have asthma or another lung disease, or heart disease, inhaling wildfire smoke can be especially harmful. If you cannot leave the smoky area, good ways to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke include staying indoors and reducing physical activity.

Wearing a special mask called a “particulate respirator” can also help protect your lungs from wildfire smoke  Respirator masks labeled N95 or N100 provide some protection – they filter ‐ out fine particles but not hazardous gases (such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and acrolein). This type of mask can be found at many hardware and home repair stores and pharmacies and online. Your local health agency may also have these masks.

Choose an N95 or N100 mask that has two straps that go around your head. Don’t choose a one ‐ strap paper dust mask or a surgical mask that hooks around your ears – these don’t protect against the fine particles in smoke. Choose a size that fits over your nose and head and under your chin. It should seal tightly to your face. Please note that these masks don’t come in sizes that fit young children and will not seal well. They also will not seal well on people with beards.

Don’t use bandanas or towels (wet or try) or tissue held over the mouth and nose. These may relieve dryness but they won’t protect your lungs. Using a respirator mask can make it harder to breathe, which may make the existing medical conditions worse as it takes extra effort to breath through them and can make it uncomfortable to use them for very long.

Throw away your mask when breathing through it gets difficult, if it gets damaged or if the inside gets dirty. Use a new mask every day if you can. For more information, search for “wildfire smoke” on www.doh.wa.gov

 

Donations Needed for the “Emergency Food Pantry” at the Alpine Community Center

The Alpine Community Center has been an “Emergency Food Pantry” for the Alpine community for the past 6 years. Recently we noticed a marked increase in requests for assistance and we depend solely on donations to stock this Pantry. Until now the major donor to this cause has been Alpine’s Christ the King Episcopal Church. We now require additional donations to keep up with the need.

The type of foods we are able to store and distribute are nonperishable items such as canned tuna, chicken, vegetables, chili, peanut butter, crackers, beans, rice, pasta, etc. We also need pet food and personal hygiene products. Please check expiration dates before donating items.

Donations can be delivered to the Alpine Community Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm and on Fridays between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm. We also accept monetary donations which will be used to purchase food items.

Thank you,

Cindi Robertson
Operations Manager
Alpine Community Center

1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901
619-445-7330
crobertson@alpinecommunitycenter.com

SDG&E Engages Giant Aircrane Year-Round for ‘New Normal’ Fire Season

SDG&E’s Caroline Winn announces plans for year-round use of the giant Erickson Aircrane. Photo by Chris Jennewein

*Article shared from The Times of San Diego

With San Diego now experiencing a continuous fire season, San Diego Gas & Electric announced Wednesday it has contracted for year-round use of a giant Erickson Aircrane helicopter tanker.

“We are working hard to mitigate the risks associated with this ‘new normal’ of a year-round wildfire season and trying to protect the people and communities we serve,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s chief operating officer, in making the announcement.

The Aircrane can carry 2,650 gallons of water — seven times the capacity of other fire-fighting helicopters — and refill from a lake in 45 seconds. The giant orange craft is flown by Erickson pilots under the direction of Cal Fire.

The utility has engaged an Aircrane during the traditional three-month fire season for the past eight years, but Winn said San Diego County is now in the “year-round grip” of wildfires.

“The SDG&E Aircrane has been and will continue to be a game-changer for Cal Fire,” said San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham. “To have this critical tool available to us during the early stages of a fire has already had a very real impact on fires this year.”

In addition, to year-round use of the Aircrane, Winn also announced that the utility is taking steps to help customers whose power must be cut during a wildfire emergency. She said the utility is installing equipment to reduce the number of circuits affected, and planning for nine centers where residents can go for information, snacks and to charge cellphones.

The utility is making use of remote cameras and weather equipment to track fires, and on Wednesday unveiled a public web page with this information at sdge.com/wildfire-safety.

Winn said increasing use of the giant Aircrane already this year has made the craft something of a local attraction. She announced a Twitter handle for people to follow the craft’s activity at @SkyMaverickSDGE.

The giant Erickson Aircrane dwarfs people at its hanger in El Cajon. Photo by Chris Jennewein

 

Local Emergency Ends for West Fire

Local Emergency Ends for West Fire

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The County of San Diego proclaimed a local emergency on July 6 for the West Fire in Alpine. The proclamation allows the County to request all federal and state assistance available to help fight the fire and rebuild. Current conditions no longer warrant a local emergency and therefore the Local Emergency for the West Fire has expired, effective midnight September 6.

Immediately following the West Fire, the County set up a Local Assistance Center at the Alpine Library to provide information and resources for residents who were affected by the fire. These resources included information on rebuilding, dealing with insurance, safe handling of ash and debris, and various other programs and assistance from governmental and nongovernmental partners.

During the recovery process, all 38 of the properties with destroyed structures have initiated or finalized clean-up of the fire debris and ash on their private properties. The County assisted fire survivors in recovery by providing debris bins in the community that resulted in approximately 1,570 cubic yards, or nearly 160 dump trucks, of ash and debris being removed from the impacted areas. There were 114 vehicles burned in the West Fire, for which the County was able to offer a free vehicle abatement for the vehicle owners.

Any residents affected by the West Fire who still need assistance with rebuilding should visit https://www.sdcountyrecovery.com for information and resources.

Would You Know How to Respond if Your Child Drowned? Host a CPR Class in Your Home

August 2018 – Now that summer is here and people are using their pools I want to encourage pool owners to learn CPR. On the news almost everyday I see where kids have drown or near drownings. Saved only by someone who knew how to perform CPR. Recently Olympic Ski Racer Bode Miller’s daughter drowned land his family is devastated.

Would you know how to respond if your child drowned?

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017, at least 163 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims were younger than five years old.

Each of these deaths is a tragedy, which serves as a sobering reminder of how dangerous water can be for young children. If you own a pool and do not know how to perform CPR then you may want to think about hosting a CPR Pool Safety Party at your home with family, friends and neighbors.

The CPR Class is free for the host. Carlette Anderson, Alpine resident and founder of Save-A-Heart, has been teaching CPR for almost 40 years. Her CPR class is about an hour and she includes pool safety.

She says, “Children as young as ten years old can learn CPR and basic pool safety. If you have never learned how to perform CPR or you want to re-certify then please call Save-A-Heart today 619-445-4569.

You can also get certified in CPR online www.cprpros.com

 

 

 

C.A.R.e Insurance Information Meeting for West Fire Survivors at the Alpine Library – August 28, 2018

  • Should I sign that?
  • What is a public adjuster?
  • What is underinsurance?
  • What duties do I have to my insurer?
  • What is a scope of loss?
  • How do I make my personal property inventory more manageable?

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email albranch1752@gmail.com Visit our website at www.sdcl.org

C.A.R.e Insurance Information Meeting for West Fire Survivors at the Alpine Library – July 31, 2018

  • Should I sign that?
  • What is a public adjuster?
  • What is underinsurance?
  • What duties do I have to my insurer?
  • What is a scope of loss?
  • How do I make my personal property inventory more manageable?

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email albranch1752@gmail.com Visit our website at www.sdcl.org

Debris Disposal Bins on Alpine Blvd. for West Fire Victims Clean Up

Debris Removal

To help with the recovery process, the County of San Diego is placing debris disposal bins at locations near the burn area for fire survivors to dispose of debris from their properties. Beginning Saturday, July 14, 2018, community bins will be placed at the following location, and are ready to accept debris when fire survivors are ready:

  • 3508 Alpine Boulevard (MAP IT)
  • Additional locations may be added, continue to check the website for information

 

The County has been working to help connect the nonprofit volunteer groups with fire survivors who may be in need of their assistance.  The nonprofit groups have experienced, trained staff who possess the necessary tools and resources to perform debris removal, which they have utilized successfully on prior fire recovery events in the San Diego region.  The available nonprofit groups are initiating contact with fire survivors to determine their debris removal needs and offer assistance.


Erosion Control

To help residents living in or around the burn area, the County has opened the Erosion Control Center to advise people on how to protect their homes and provide sand, sandbags and fiber rolls for free to help stabilize burned properties before rains arrive. Protect your property now from flooding.

The Erosion Control Center is by appointment only. Call (888) 846-0800 for more information.


Volunteer Resources

Survivors with remaining unmet needs are encouraged to contact San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters to learn more about additional recovery information and services from local faith based, services based, and community based organizations.


Recovery Assistance Hotline and Email

Unincorporated County residents affected by the wildfires may call the

Recovery Assistance Hotline (858) 495-5200

or email CountyFireRecovery@sdcounty.ca.gov. Both will be staffed by County employees from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Callers can leave a voice mail after hours and County staff will return the call the next day.

 

 

**NOTICE** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at the West Fire Victim Supply Post!

We desperately need more volunteers over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday of next week to help prepare the donation items
We are still open and happy to help fire victims at Boulder Oaks Elementary School (2320 Tavern Rd.) . Whether you lost your home and need immediate supplies, you sustained severe smoke damage and need to replace items in your home, or even if you just lost power and need to restock your refrigerator, we have lots and lots of supplies. Please please please come and take what you need!  

 

You can also find important updates on this supply post and information on items still needed by liking and following the Alpine West Fire page (like below).

Contact Stephanie for volunteering and donating at (619) 573-5638.

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST to spread the word and reach as many people as possible!

https://www.facebook.com/Alpine-West-Fire-203714957001175/

Donation needs:
Gatorade
Water
Ice
Coolers
Canopy’s
Tents
Activities for kids 6-17yoa
Storage containers
Non perishable foods
Working boots
Gloves