October is Disaster Preparedness Month. Are you ready? There are so many things that we don’t think about when it comes to disaster preparedness, but there is no time like the present to begin getting prepared. Do you have a disaster plan? Do you have supplies in case you are without power or water for any length of time? Does your family know what to do if there is a fire in your home or a disaster where you may be separated?
There are several places to look to in order to get better prepared for emergencies. One place to look at is online at ready.gov. You can find ways to build an emergency kit or make an emergency plan for you and your household.
Another great way to prepare is to look to your local governments and to see what their emergency plans are. For the City of Blue Lake, the Public Safety Commission has an annual meeting to help get information out to the community about disasters and how to prepare. On Sunday, October 21 from 1 to 5 p.m., the Blue Lake Public Safety Commission will be hosting this annual gathering event. Come gather information about natural disasters in our area, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
Find out about other public safety needs and information in our area as well. There will be tables of information from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Blue Lake Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Neighborhood Watch and more. Music, food, and beer will round out this event, so come on down to Blue Lake!
Great Shake Out
And don’t forget the Great Shake Out, taking place on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. If nothing else, practice your duck and cover skills with a pretend earthquake at 10:18 a.m. and talk to you family about what to do in the event of an earthquake.
Unmet transit needs
In other news, coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 23 the Blue Lake City Council will be holding its annual unmet transit needs public hearing at their regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Skinner Store, 111 Greenwood Rd. located directly behind City Hall.
This is a perfect opportunity for the community of Blue Lake, and those who reside in the sphere of influence, to give feedback on their transit needs. Are there extra routes that should be added to make using the bus a little easier for you? What about needs for those who ride bicycles? Please come and make your voice heard.
Register to vote
Lastly, a note about voter registration and election information. The last day to register to vote for the State of California is 15 days before the date of the election, which happens to be Oct. 22. If you miss this deadline, don’t fret – there are other options. You can conditionally register to vote any day after Oct. 22 through the county elections office, and still vote in the upcoming election. Don’t wait, register early. The City of Blue Lake has registration cards, and you can also register online at the secretary of state website at sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration.
For those who live in the Blue Lake City limits, if you are interested in public service, there are several opportunities. The write-in nomination period for two council seats ends on Oct. 23. There are also two positions available on a couple of Blue Lake commissions.
The Parks and Recreation Commission has one vacant seat for someone who lives or works within the city limits or sphere of influence. This commission meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The Economic Development Commission has one seat available for someone who lives, works, or owns a business within the city limits or sphere of influence. This commission meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. These are such vital commissions to moving our city forward in positive ways.
Whew! That’s all for now Blue Lake. Happy October!