This year‚ California has seen an uptick in winter storms. They can be dangerous and disruptive‚ especially if you live in an area that is prone to heavy snowfall‚ high winds‚ and power outages. If you have been affected by inclement weather‚ it’s important to know what to do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe‚ warm‚ and well-fed until the storm passes. Here is some important information on how to prepare for and respond to winter storms:
- Stay informed: Monitor weather forecasts and emergency alerts‚ and follow the instructions of local authorities. If you have a smartphone‚ sign up for your county’s emergency alert system to receive real-time updates and safety information. Click here to sign up for emergency alerts.
- Stock up on supplies: In between storm systems‚ make sure you have enough food‚ water‚ medication‚ and other essentials to last for several days. Consider purchasing a generator‚ if possible‚ to keep your home warm and powered in case of a power outage.
- Stay warm and dry: Wear warm clothing and layers‚ and avoid staying outside for prolonged periods of time. If you need to use a space heater‚ make sure it is placed on a flat surface and away from flammable materials. Keep blankets and sleeping bags handy in case of an extended power outage.
- Be cautious when driving: Stay home if you can‚ but if you must drive during a storm‚ make sure your vehicle is equipped with winter tires‚ chains‚ and an emergency kit. Drive slowly and cautiously‚ and avoid sudden movements or hard braking. Click here to sign up for travel alerts from CalTrans.
- Check on your neighbors: If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbors‚ check on them to make sure they are safe and have everything they need to weather the storm.
Remember‚ the most important thing is to stay informed‚ stay calm‚ and stay safe. If you have any questions or concerns‚ don’t hesitate to reach out to your local authorities or emergency services. My staff and I are doing our best to stay connected with constituents and local leaders‚ and provide support where we can. If you need assistance or have questions about storm-related issues‚ please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Assemblywoman Megan Dahle
|Update from the Capitol|
Last week was a busy one for me at the California State Capitol. I had the privilege of meeting with several organizations and groups to discuss important issues that are impacting our state. One of the groups I met with was EdVoice‚ an education advocacy group. EdVoice is working to reshape public education in California so children from low-income homes have a better chance at educational and economic opportunities. As a parent and advocate for education‚ I appreciate their commitment to improving educational opportunities for all children in our state.
I also had the opportunity to meet with the California Coastkeeper Alliance and the South Yuba River Citizens League. These groups are advocates for clean‚ safe waterways and the protection of our natural resources. They do great work in Nevada County and I’m looking forward to touring one of their restoration projects in the coming months.
Another highlight of my week was meeting with a coalition of camps from my district for Camp Day at the Capitol. This annual advocacy day brought together Deer Crossing Wilderness Camp from El Dorado County‚ Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake in Lassen County‚ and Walten’s Grizzly Lodge Summer Camp from Plumas County. These camps provide incredible experiences for countless youth every year‚ and we discussed the challenges they face with increased costs and regulations. It was a pleasure to speak with them about the important role they play in the lives of young people and economically in their communities.
As a farmer myself‚ I also spoke at the Ag Leadership class. This foundation is committed to leadership training and transformational learning experiences in partnership with four California universities. I discussed the adverse impacts of regulations on the agriculture industry‚ particularly water and drought regulations that make doing business in California more difficult. It was a great opportunity to share my perspective as a farmer and a member of the California legislature.
I had another speaking opportunity at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Legislative Lunch Break where I discussed education and the need to change California’s one-size-fits-all approach to education policy and funding. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my vision for a better education system. Click here to watch the interview.
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|Wildfire Mitigation Insurance Discount|
California’s Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has implemented new regulations that will see insurance companies offer discounts to consumers who take steps to mitigate the risk of wildfire damage to their homes or businesses.
The rules are the first of their kind in the US‚ requiring insurance companies to file new rate structures that take into account the risk-reducing efforts of their clients. Insurers will also have to provide customers with details of their “wildfire risk score”‚ with a right to appeal the score if it is inaccurate. The legislation is part of Lara’s wider efforts to combat the impact of climate change on California’s wildfire risks. Click here to learn more‚ including how to qualify for these discounts.
|Cal Fire Business and Workforce Development Grants|
CAL Fire is now accepting proposals for the 2023 Q1 review deadline for Business and Workforce Development Grants. With $5 million in funding available to support biomass transportation projects and an updated Preferred Projects list‚ this is your chance to apply for funding to support your business’s growth and workforce development. Apply now and become part of a strong forest-sector workforce.
Eligible applicants include local and state government‚ academic institutions‚ nonprofits‚ private sector‚ schools, Native American tribes, and more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make California a more competitive place to conduct forest-sector business. Applications are being accepted until March 31st.
For more information‚ click here.
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Assemblywoman Dahle is Honored to Serve
Alpine County‚ Amador County‚ El Dorado County‚ Lassen County‚ Modoc County‚ Nevada County‚ Placer County‚ Plumas County‚ Shasta County‚ Sierra County‚ & Siskiyou County.