Dear District G Residents,
With school out for the summer, I hope you and your family enjoy a happy and safe summer season. This edition of our newsletter offers informative articles on a variety of summer safety topics including swimming lesson registration and how to stay safe in our desert heat.
We've had a very busy spring in District G with our movies in the park, neighborhood meetings and community cleanup efforts. I want to thank all the community partners who helped us host the job fair at Whitney Park in May. The event got great turnout and helped launch a number of residents on new jobs and career paths.
Also, anyone planning to buy and ignite illegal fireworks in the Las Vegas Valley for the July Fourth holiday, be warned. Clark County and local police departments have launched a new effort called "You Light It, We Write It." Enforcement teams will be patrolling neighborhoods to issue citations and confiscate illegal fireworks. Offenders caught using illegal fireworks may be subject to $1,000 citations and be liable for fireworks disposal fees. Please see our article and visit the campaign's website at www.Youlightitwewriteit.Vegas for more information.
As always, please email me or contact my office any time at (702) 455-3500 with any questions or concerns.
Have a safe summer,
In This Issue:
- Special 1 October Quilt Display on Exhibit at Government Center Rotunda
- Neighborhood Meeting Produces Good Turnout, Citizen Feedback
- Safety Reminders for Wildland Fire Season
- Safety Advice Offered to Weather the Heat
- Beware of Lightning During Summer Monsoon Season
- Clark County Law Library Offers Free Summer Classes
- Vegas Strong Resiliency Center Now Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays
- Illegal Fireworks Ban Campaign Launched
- Ozone Advisory Issued Through Sept. 30
- County Pools Offer Swim Lessons
- SNHD Introduces Mobile Immunizations
- Report Green Pools
- Flash Flood Season Runs July Through September
- Walk With Doc to Host Free Family Walks This Summer
- May Career Fair Big Success
One of the quilts featured in a special display at the County Government Center is shown at the Welcome to Vegas sign before being added to the open display.
A special display of hand-made quilts can be seen at the Rotunda Gallery at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy. through Friday, July 20. The collection of hand-made quilts donated by quilters in Las Vegas and around the world for victims of 1 October were unveiled Monday, June 25.
The Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild organized the "Quilts for Vegas" drive after the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival to provide comfort and support to victims. Some 250 quilts were created with help from hundreds of quilters across the United States and other countries. The exhibit will feature a selection of the quilts, all of which include at least one heart in their designs. During the exhibit period, survivors and family members of victims registered with the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center can sign up to participate in a raffle for the donated quilts.
Anyone impacted by 1 October is encouraged to reach out to the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center to learn about available services. The center does not have the names or contact information for all who were present at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting happened. Survivors can contact the center by email through its website at www.VegasStrongRC.org, or by phone at (702) 455-2433 (AIDE) or toll-free at (833) 299-2433.
On May 14, Commissioner Gibson held a Whitney neighborhood meeting to discuss various issues occurring in the community, including new park improvements and road projects. METRO's Southeast Area Command, Help of Southern Nevada, RTC, NDOT, and County staff from Parks and Recreation, Public Works, and Public Response attended to answer questions from residents. HELP of Southern Nevada addressed homelessness, providing residents with tips on how to report homeless encampments and what to do and not to do when approached for food and money.
In partnership with federal and state agencies, the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District and Clark County Fire Department are reminding residents about the potential for wildfires during the summer months when vegetation is driest in Southern Nevada. Nevada's wildland fire season tends to run now through October but wildland fires can threaten communities any time of the year.
"Mount Charleston is a very sensitive area, and we need to work together to protect it whether you are a visitor or a resident," said Fire Chief Jorge Gonzalez of the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District. "It's important for the public to obey posted fire restrictions and to use extreme caution if you are barbecuing or cooking with an open flame at campsites. No fireworks of any kind are allowed in the Spring Mountains or on public lands in Nevada."
The memory of the enormous Carpenter 1 fire at Mount Charleston also looms large this time of year. The fire was ignited by a lightning strike on July 1, 2013, and consumed nearly 28,000 acres of forest, destroyed six structures and threatened homes.
Clark County has about 190 volunteer firefighters and 13 volunteer fire stations in rural areas, including Indian Springs, Moapa Valley, Blue Diamond, Mountain Springs, Good Springs and Searchlight. The Mount Charleston Fire Protection District operates Kyle Canyon Fire Station 853 and Lee Canyon Fire Station 856 on State Route 156, near the Old Mill Campground. Clark County also operates three volunteer fire stations in the Spring Mountains: Carpenter Canyon Station 70 in Trout Canyon, Mountain Springs Station 79 and Cold Creek Station 82. The majority of brush fires that happen in Southern Nevada occur on federal land, so Clark County's volunteers typically respond to support the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies, depending on the jurisdiction of the fires. Volunteers also could be dispatched to fight wildland fires throughout that state of Nevada.
"Our volunteer firefighters provide a vital service in Clark County and throughout the state," said Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Larry Haydu, who oversees the County's ranks of volunteer firefighters as Rural Division Chief. "We ask the public to help prevent wildland fires by carefully disposing of matches, smoking materials and other items that can ignite fires."
For more information and wildfire prevention tips, the public is encouraged to visit the living with fire website. Information also is available on the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District's website and the Clark County Fire Department's website. You also my view these key tips to prevent wildland fires.
Heat can pose serious health risks to anyone in our region, especially children, the elderly and people with poor circulation and weight problems.
Most heat disorders occur because victims have become dehydrated after spending too much time in the heat. To avoid heat-related health problems, drink more water than usual and seek shaded or cool areas during the hottest times of day.
Children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Temperatures in a car can rise to 120 degrees when outdoor temperatures are in the 90s. Pets also should have access to lots of shade and water when outdoors.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps and dizziness. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to cool and shaded location. Listed below are important things to remember during the hottest months of the year:
- Drink water even if you don't feel thirsty. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages, which contribute to dehydration.
- Always carry plenty of water with you and a mobile phone. You never know what might happen during the day that could keep you outdoors longer than anticipated.
- Dress for summer. Clothing that is loose, lightweight and light-colored reflects heat and sunlight.
- Use sunscreen with a high SPF to protect against sunburn and skin cancer.
- Limit errands and outdoor activities to before noon or in the evening to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day.
- Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
- If you work outdoors, take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas.
- Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Get plenty of rest to allow your natural "cooling system" to work.
- Eat small, well-balanced meals and eat more often.
- Protect windows. Hang shades or draperies on windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Outdoor awnings can reduce the heat entering the house by as much as 80 percent.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes. A cool shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly and very young people.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Summer is the peak time of year for lightning strikes and lightning fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Generally, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning. If you are outside and get caught in a thunderstorm, seek shelter immediately. Move indoors or into an enclosed car with the windows rolled up. These other tips also may be helpful to avoid lightning:
- If you are inside a home, don't stand near windows or doors.
- Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
- Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures conduct electricity.
- If you are in a boat or swimming pool, get to land and seek shelter immediately. Water is extremely dangerous when there is lightning.
- Get off elevated areas such as hills and mountain ridges. Move to low-lying areas such as a ditch or valley, but watch for flash floods.
- If you feel your hair stand on end and feel tingly, it means lightning is about to strike. Crouch down and make yourself as small as possible.
- Move away from tall things such as trees, towers, fences, and telephone and power lines.
- If surrounded by trees, take shelter under shorter trees.
- Stay away from metal objects that conduct electricity such as umbrellas, motorcycles, bicycles, and wire fences.
The Clark County Law Library and Nevada Legal Services are offering a full schedule of free, legal education classes to the public through August 2018. Classes will be held at the Law Library, 309 S. Third St., Suite 400, in downtown Las Vegas. Topics include: Criminal Records Sealing and Civil Rights Restoration; Basics of Lawsuits and Legal Research; Drafting a Civil Complaint in Clark County; Estate Planning; Probate for Estates Under $100,000; Tenant's Rights; Unemployment Law; and a Records Sealing Forms Clinic.
There is no cost to attend, but seating space is limited. Please call the Law Library at (702) 455-4696 to register for classes. The Law Library is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and may be reached by email at: AskInfo@ClarkCountyNV.gov. The schedule of upcoming classes is as follows:
- Criminal Record Sealing and Civil Rights Restoration – Fridays, 9 to 11 a.m. through Aug. 31.
- Basics of Lawsuits and Legal Research – Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. on June 26, July 24, and Aug. 28.
- Drafting a Civil Complaint in Clark County – Fridays, 1 to 3 p.m. on June 15, July 20, and Aug. 17.
- Estate Planning – Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. on June 12, July 10, and Aug. 14.
- Probate for Estates Under $100,000 – Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m. June 19, July 17, and Aug. 21.
- Record Sealing Forms Completion Clinic – Mondays, two sessions 2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. through Aug. 27.
- Tenant's Rights – Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m. on June 1, July 6, and Aug. 3.
- Unemployment Law – Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m. on June 14, July 12, and Aug. 9.
In June, the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center located at 1524 Pinto Lane, 89106, announced that its new hours would be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, instead of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. After-hours appointments can be obtained on an as-needed basis.
Anyone impacted by 1 October is encouraged to visit the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center's website to learn about available resources and to fill out the online intake form that is posted on the website. Your name and contact information will remain confidential and will only be used to assist you with services. The center also can be reached by phone at (702) 455-2433 (AIDE) or toll-free at (833) 299-2433, and by email. An application to apply for the Nevada Victims of Crime Program also is posted on the website. Anyone who was present at the concert during the shooting or tried to assist victims the night of the shooting is encouraged to apply for this program by its application deadline of Oct. 1, 2018. The program helps pay for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the crime such as co-pays for counseling or medical bills. Watch our Public Service Announcement on YouTube to learn more visit this link.
"The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is the single point of contact for anyone who is dealing with issues related to the aftermath of the 1 October mass shooting," said Kevin Schiller, Assistant Clark County manager. "We don't have a list of everyone who was present at the concert when the shooting occurred so we can't contact all the attendees directly. We need anyone who was there that night to reach out to us even if you live in another city or outside the United States so we can connect you with services and assess what we can do to serve you."
The Las Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is a free resource and referral hub for anyone impacted by 1 October including survivors, family members of victims, responders and anyone dealing with effects from the attack including hotel workers, taxi cab drivers or bystanders who tried to help victims. Partnering agencies represented on site include Clark County's Department of Social Service, the Nevada Victims of Crime Program, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Cark County Department of Family Services, Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, and the La Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Victims Services Division.
The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center opened on Oct. 23, 2017, to provide ongoing support to those affected by the 1 October shooting. Since the resiliency center opened, it has served more than 6,000 people. Services include victim advocacy and support, grief counseling and spiritual care referrals, and technical assistance accessing online resources including FBI Victim Assistance Services for claiming personal items left behind at the 1 October concert venue. The center also has a Facebook page.
Anyone who spots illegal fireworks and wants to make a complaint should report them at www.ISpyFireworks.com – and NOT call 9-1-1 or 3-1-1.
Last year's Fourth of July celebrations generated so many calls into the local police and fire dispatch center that it caused a disruption of phone service which prevented many non-emergency 3-1-1 calls from being answered. 9-1-1 should not be used to report illegal fireworks. The misuse of 9-1-1 can delay emergency response to fires, serious accidents and other life-threating emergencies. The information reported to ISpyFireworks.com will help law enforcement document areas where illegal fireworks are being ignited for future enforcement action.
In May, local police, fire and elected officials announced that they will be cracking down across the valley on the possession and firing of illegal fireworks to an extent that hasn't been seen in more than two decades. They warned that offenders are subject to $1,000 citations and may be liable for fireworks disposal fees running into the hundreds of dollars as well. To help get the word out, a public education campaign has been created around the slogan, "You Light It, We Write it." Information about the campaign is available at www.YouLightItWeWriteIt.Vegas. A link to the www.ISpyFireworks.com site also is included on the campaign website.
Three-person enforcement teams will be deployed over the July Fourth holiday, and will be actively citing people for using illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks also will be impounded. The teams will cite as many people as possible, officials said. Officers won't be able to cite everyone but the large deployment is expected to make a dent in what is occurring.
Fireworks are also responsible for numerous fires. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that local fire departments respond to more than 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.
Fireworks were responsible for an estimated 11,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals in 2016, the most recent year statistics were available. Children younger than 15 years of age make up almost one-third (31 percent) of the injuries.
The noise scares pets and can be disturbing to veterans and those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Television public service announcements in English and Spanish were produced and provided to the local media to help promote the "You Light It, We Write It" effort. The spots are airing on Cox television stations and local government access stations. The Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission decorated a transit vehicle with a "You Light It, We Write It" bus wrap to help educate the public about the initiative. Electronic highway message boards also are being used in support of the effort. Residents are encouraged to support the campaign by sharing participating agencies' content on social media and using the hashtag #youlightitwewriteit.
The Clark County Department of Air Quality issued a season-long advisory for ground-level ozone pollution in effect through Sept. 30.
Ozone is a colorless gas that exists naturally in the Earth's upper atmosphere. At ground level, ozone is a key ingredient of urban smog that can build up during the day in the hottest months of the year because of strong sunlight, hot temperatures, gasoline and chemical vapors, and pollutants from automobiles, wildfires and regional transport. Exposure to ozone can irritate your respiratory system and cause coughing, a sore throat, chest pain and shortness of breath even in healthy people, according to the EPA.
The Department of Air Quality monitors air pollution through a network of 14 monitoring sites throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Data is collected from these sites and reported at our monitoring website: AirQuality.ClarkCountyNV.gov. People can stay informed through these channels:
- Twitter and Facebook: Read air quality updates in your Facebook news feed or tweets. On Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClarkCountyAirQuality and Twitter: @CCAirQuality.
- EnviroFlash: Receive daily text or email messages with the latest air quality information. Learn more at www.enviroflash.org. Air quality also issues advisories and alerts for ozone and other pollutants such as dust, smoke and other particulate matters.
- AIRNow: Check air quality forecasts, current conditions and the Air Quality Index (AQI) for Clark County at AIRNow's website.
HELPFUL TIPS TO REDUCE OZONE
Because cars, trucks and other vehicles are major contributors to ozone, people can follow these helpful, everyday tips to reduce ozone:
- Reduce driving – combine errands into one trip.
- Don't idle your car engine unnecessarily.
- Use mass transit or carpool.
- Fill up your gas tank after sunset. Try not to spill gasoline when filling up and don't top off your tank.
- Keep your car well maintained.
- Consider landscaping that uses less water and gas-powered equipment to maintain.
- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. Less fuel burned at power plants means cleaner air.
Also, if you have respiratory issues or other health concerns, consider these tips during ozone season:
- Reduce the time you are active outdoors when ozone levels are elevated, especially if you are engaged in a strenuous activity or have a respiratory disease.
- Schedule activities for the morning or evening when ozone levels are usually lower.
- Substitute a less intense activity – walking instead of jogging, for example.
- Always consult your doctor first for medical advice.
Clark County's Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for summer swim lessons at pools and community centers starting with mail-in registrations postmarked July 3 for mail-in, July 6 for online and July 9 for walk-in.
Clark County has 16 pools and water parks, including facilities in Laughlin, Logandale, Overton and Indian Springs. Swimming lessons are offered year-round at the Aquatic Springs indoor pool and Desert Breeze and Hollywood Aquatic centers, and seasonally at other facilities. Swim programs and lesson schedules of activities vary at each Clark County pool location. Parents should visit the Department of Parks and Recreation's aquatics page on the County's website for information about available classes. Lessons range from beginning skills to get swimmers comfortable in the water to aquatic sports such as swim team, synchronized swimming, water polo and lifeguarding skills.
Most Clark County pools offer two, three-week sessions during the summer. The next upcoming session runs July 16-August 4. For information on availability in the session, contact Parks and Recreation. The public is encouraged to register as early as possible to reserve spots in the classes. Sessions fill up quickly on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online registration is recommended as the most efficient way to register, especially to obtain spots at Desert Breeze and Hollywood pools during the summer.
Each aquatics facility has a brochure containing information about swim classes posted on the Parks and Recreation Department's website pages. An aquatics program registration form is posted online and can be printed out and submitted to the facility offering the program of interest.
In addition, Clark County offers a program called Junior Lifeguard. Youth ages 11 to 18 will experience actual lifeguard training throughout this eight-week program. All participants can receive their CPR certification upon successful completion of the class, and those 15 and up can receive their American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification for a $35 fee when they successfully complete all requirements of the class. Registration will take place with all summer registration.
Clark County is a partner in the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition's annual drowning prevention campaign, and created a public service announcement in cooperation the Southern Nevada Health District and many other local agencies and organizations to help educate residents about drowning prevention. The PSA is airing on Clark County Television and is posted on the County's social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The following three steps are recommended to prevent drownings:
- Patrol – Always designate an adult Water Watcher to actively watch children in the water, including pools, bathtubs, or other bodies of water.
- Protect – Install barriers between your home and pool to ensure safety including fences, door alarms, locks and spa safety covers. Lock doggie doors so children can't crawl through them.
- Prepare – Create a water safety plan for your family. Enroll children in swimming lessons, take adult CPR classes, and be sure to equip your pool with proper safety equipment including life jackets, personal floatation devices and rescue tools. If an emergency happens, have a telephone nearby to call 9-1-1.
As part of the community's drowning prevention efforts, Child Drowning Prevention Coalition members are encouraging all adults to take a pledge to be a Water Watcher every time children in their care are in or near water. Parents also are encouraged to ask about Water Watcher plans whenever they leave their children near water and under the supervision of another adult. Pledge cards will be distributed in English and Spanish at outreach events in the community and available at www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org to be printed out. Water Watcher pledge cards and lanyards also are available to the public at Clark County pools.
Drowning Prevention Coalition partners include Clark County, the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson, local fire departments, Clark County's Building and Parks and Recreation departments, University Medical Center, pool builders and supply companies, Clark County Safe Kids, Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, and other agencies and organizations.
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You can help eliminate the blight and health dangers of green pools by reporting them to local code enforcement agencies. If located in unincorporated Clark County, call (702) 455-4191 or file a complaint through the County website.
Green pools are pools that have been neglected for so long that their water has turned green from algae and bacteria. The pools become breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry serious diseases such as the West Nile and Zika viruses. One of the best ways to reduce the number of mosquitoes in our community is to remove these stagnant nuisances and reduce the areas where they can reproduce.
Efforts to eliminate green pools have had a direct correlation on the number of West Nile virus cases reported in the Las Vegas Valley. In 2017, Clark County received 294 complaints about green pools. So far this year, 124 green pools have been reported. Reporting history shows, 543 complaints in 2011 and 482 complaints in 2016.
Flash Flood Season is right around the corner. From July 1 through September the summer monsoons create storm conditions that can cause flash flooding throughout Clark County.
Flood insurance may be a wise investment for some residents since it's not included in typical homeowner's policies. For residents who don't live in a flood zone, the policies run less than $300 a year. You may want to buy flood insurance if your property is at the bottom of a hill or cul de sac, adjacent to a block wall by a street that floods, or next to a wash.
The Regional Flood Control District has 602 miles of flood channels and 91 detention basins throughout Clark County. You can visit the Be Flood Safe website for information about flood safety and public education outreach efforts. Information also is available at www.regionalflood.org.
It's important to remember that flooding can happen any time of year in Southern Nevada. Keep these safety tips in mind:
- Never drive through a flooded road or around barricades. It can be difficult to determine how deep floodwaters are and floodwaters can rise dramatically in minutes.
- If you are caught in a sudden storm that may cause flooding it is usually safer for you to stay where you are and wait out the storm rather than trying to drive through it.
- If you are driving when the storm hits, think about finding some ground higher than the street to pull onto until the storm passes.
- If you get stuck in a stalled car, it may be safer to stay with your vehicle. Fast moving water, even only a few inches deep can quickly sweep you off your feet.
- Never let children or pets play in or near floodwaters, which are fast moving and can contain dangerous debris and chemicals.
The Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics hosts a monthly “Walk With a Doc: Kids Time” program every other Sunday. The walks will be held at Mount Charleston during the summer near the visitor’s center and will return to the Springs Preserve starting Sept. 9.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, Nevada Chapter invites local families to make fitness a family affair this summer by participating in the Walk With a Doc: Kids Time program on the second Sunday of each month at Mount Charleston.
The summer walks will take place at Mount Charleston's Visitors Center, 2525 Kyle Canyon Road, at 10 a.m. on July 8 and Aug. 12. Each walk begins with a kick-off discussion about a health related topic. Walk with a Doc will return to regular time and location of 8:30 a.m. at the Springs Preserve starting Sept. 9.
The 45-minute walks are an effort to combat some of the adverse health effects among young people who are less physically active. It is also an opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors with local pediatricians and health-care providers.
The walks are free and no pre-registration is required. The monthly sessions are open to anyone in the community, especially children, adolescents and their families. Participants are encouraged to bring water and sun protection.
Information on future walks can be found online.
On May 24, Commissioner Gibson, in partnership with the One Stop Career Center and the STOP Coalition, held a Pop-Up Career Fair at the Whitney Recreation Center. Employers, including Station Casinos, Walgreens, and UPS, registered to participate, many of which were eager to hire immediately. The career fair was attended by 107 job seekers, many who were asked to apply and interview on-the-spot. Many interviews turned into job offers that day with dozens of follow-up interviews scheduled for the following weeks. One Stop Career Center will closely be tracking all potential hires from the Career Fair, and as of today, they are reporting very positive outcomes. Commissioner Gibson is excited to start planning a future career fair that will possibly take place in the Henderson this fall.