Area Briefing, July 17-23


PRECAUTIONS URGED DURING FLASH FLOOD SEASON

The Valley Health System recently reminded residents to take precautions during flash flood season, which runs July through September in Clark County.

— Do not drive or walk through water when the street or pavement are not visible.

— If caught in a vehicle during a flash flood, stay inside of it until help arrives. It’s easier to find people in a car than in rushing water, where people could be swept away and/or struck by debris.

— Know where the detention basins and washes are in your neighborhood, and if it looks like rain, stay away from those areas. This could include walking, biking and hiking trails and other recreational areas.

— It’s not safe to play in the water for a variety of reasons, including current and dangerous debris and fluids, such as garbage, fertilizer, oil, feces and rocks.

For more information, visit www.regionalflood.org or valleyhealthsystemlv.com.

SAFETY FAIR AND POOL PARTY PLANNED

A Ward 1 Safety Fair & End-of-Summer Pool Party is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA, 4141 Meadows Lane. Admission is free. Music by DJ Brando, community vendors and refreshments are planned. For more information, call 702-229-6405.

HENDERSON PLANS WATER SAFETY EVENT JULY 19

The city of Henderson plans a free water safety event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 at the Whitney Ranch Activity Pool, 1575 Galleria Drive.

The event is set to cover basic water rescue, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid and water safety techniques. Registration is required.

For more information, visit hendersonlive.com/calendar.

AGENCY SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON TRANSPORTATION PLAN

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is seeking public comment on a new 2015-19 Transportation Improvement Program and an associated amendment to the 2013-35 Regional Transportation Plan.

The documents, available at rtcsnv.com or through print or compact disc by request, identify long- and short-term transportation priorities and projects for highways, transit, bikeways and pedestrian safety in Clark County. The amendment deals with how the proposed projects would affect air quality.

The documents are developed in cooperation with the U.S. and Nevada departments of Transportation, Clark County, Boulder City and the cities of Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas.

Residents can submit comments through 5 p.m. July 23 at rtcsnv.com, by email to Kelley Mulroy at mulroyk@rtcsnv.com, by phone at 702-676-1606, by fax at 702-676-1518 or by mail to RTC (c/o Communications), 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89106.

MUNICIPAL COURT INTRODUCES WARRANT SEARCH WEBSITE

Las Vegas Municipal Court recently introduced a new warrant search website.

Residents and law enforcement personnel can visit lasvegasnevada.gov/warrants for information on individuals with warrants in the city of Las Vegas.

Anyone can submit anonymous tips, or people with warrants may surrender themselves. They also may contact the court to satisfy their warrants. Additionally, law enforcement personnel can view or print wanted posters to assist in locating defendants.

Other new online features are available at municourt.lasvegasnevada.gov, where individuals can view their cases, enter a plea on most traffic cases, make payments, view class requirements and check court dates. Site upgrades also allow individuals to post bail for eligible inmates in the city Detention Center. Another new feature allows attorneys to look up client cases, get case assignments and act on behalf of their clients. Bondsmen may also look up bond information.

The court’s new interactive phone system, meanwhile, enables members of the public to make payments for most traffic tickets on which they have entered a plea, check a warrant status and obtain case information. The services are available by calling 702-229-3504.

In addition, those seeking information about Municipal Court cases can look up and print a case report via www.lasvegasnevada.gov/courtsearch.

For more information, call 702-229-3504.

HENDERSON, LAS VEGAS FIREFIGHTERS RAISE AWARENESS OF HOT VEHICLES

Henderson and Las Vegas firefighters launched the annual Check Your Seats in the Heat outreach campaign June 25 at the Henderson Fire Training Center, 401 Parkson Road.

The effort aims to spread awareness and remind motorists of the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot vehicles during the summer. The campaign includes the distribution of safety awareness ribbons to serve as reminders to motorists and posters to hang in local businesses.

This is the first year Las Vegas and Henderson firefighters partnered for the outreach.

Henderson Fire Chief Steve Goble and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Chief William McDonald spoke at the campaign launch. Attendees also included elected officials from both municipalities.

For more information, visit hendersonfirefighters.com or lasvegasfirefighters.net.

POLICE SEARCH AND RESCUE UNIT EARNS RE-ACCREDITATION

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Search and Rescue Unit completed the re-accreditation process June 14 through the Mountain Rescue Association.

The Search and Rescue Unit, staffed by police and volunteers, has four components: the Mountain Rescue Team, the Dive Team, tactical emergency medical support and helicopter rescue.

The Mountain Rescue Team conducts technical rescues throughout Clark County and other areas as requested, responding to between 135 and 185 rescue missions annually. The team has been accredited through the Mountain Rescue Association since 1994.

The association is dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education.

For more information, visit lvmpdsar.blogspot.com.

EVENT TO OFFER INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICARE SCAMS

Two free discussions regarding Medicare scams are set for 10 and 11 a.m. July 18 at 1120 Shadow Lane.

The event is to be put on by University Medical Center and will cover how Medicare beneficiaries can protect their identity and detect fraud, errors and abuse in the system.

For more information, call 702-383-2229, visit umcsn.com or email amy.runge@umcsn.com.

GROUP OFFERS WAYS TO PROTECT PROPERTY FROM LIGHTNING DAMAGE

The Institute for Business & Home Safety recently issued a reminder to take steps to prevent lightning-related damage at homes and businesses due to the increased chances for thunderstorms and lightning during summer.

The group recommended that residents inquire with utility companies or licensed electricians regarding a certified lightning protection system.

Other measures include:

— Plug electronic devices such as laptops and DVD players into a surge protection device, not a power strip. Also connect telephone, cable and/or satellite TV and network lines to the device.

— Check packaging labels to be sure the surge protection device has been tested to UL 1449.

— Purchase a surge protection device with a joule rating of more than 1,000. The rating typically ranges from 200 to several thousand; the higher the number, the better.

— Look for a surge protection device with a clamping voltage rating of between 330 to 400 volts.

For more information on lightning protection, visit disastersafety.org/lightning.

EVENT TO TEACH WOMEN CONFLICT-FREE SELF-DEFENSE

A free self-defense workshop for women is set for 6-8 p.m. July 19 at the Westgate Flamingo Bay Resort, 5625 W. Flamingo Road.

The workshop will focus on escaping attacks without physical conflict.

Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the nonprofit Can You Identify Me?, dedicated to helping resolve cases involving unidentified crime victims.

For more information, visit simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com or canyouidentifyme.org.

MEASURES CAN HELP PETS COPE WITH EXTREME HEAT

Pet owners can take simple steps to protect their furry friends from the heat, according to The Animal Foundation.

The nonprofit shelter’s tips are:

— Pet owners can be charged with a misdemeanor for leaving pets in unattended cars during extreme heat. Even with the windows cracked and the air conditioning on, pets can die in as quickly as 10 minutes in such situations. To report pets locked in cars, call 311.

— Bring your pets indoors. Shady outdoor areas are no longer cooling when the temperature gets too high.

— Provide plenty of clean, fresh water. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, and having access to water will help keep them cool.

— Walk pets during the early morning or early evening, when the sun is least harsh.

— Avoid burning your pets’ sensitive paw pads by walking them on grass or dirt instead of asphalt, when available.

— Know the signs of pet heat stroke. Symptoms include excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor/fainting and a body temperature of more than 104 degrees. Pets may also have seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Animals with flat faces, such as pugs and Persian cats, along with elderly or overweight pets, are more susceptible to heat stroke.

— If a pet shows signs of heat stroke, owners should move it to a cooler area, offer small amounts of water or ice cubes and take it to a full-service veterinarian immediately.

For more information, visit animalfoundation.com.

SITES PROVIDE SHELTER DURING HOT WEATHER

With triple-digit temperatures descending on the valley, shelters are scheduled to be open for homeless people and other individuals looking to escape the outdoors and keep hydrated.

Shelter is available daily during the summer from:

— 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for men at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, 1511 Las Vegas Blvd. North.

—7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for adults at The Salvation Army, 31 W. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas.

— 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for women and children at The Shade Tree, 1 W. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas.

The Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program also offers extra daytime shelter options to anyone in the community. In addition, some valley organizations and facilities offer cooling stations during heat waves.

Residents can dial 211 to find the nearest cooling station or visit helphopehome.org.

SAFE SUMMER NIGHTS TO FEATURE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION

Residents are invited to enjoy free entertainment, refreshments, health services and a resource fair while getting to know each other during a city of Las Vegas-sponsored Safe Summer Nights event set for 6-8 p.m. July 18 at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

Music, children’s games and face painting are planned, and free hot dogs and water will be available while supplies last. Attendees also can learn about community resources, including summer activities for youths, health services, community safety, money management programs and adult education opportunities.

For more information, contact Lisa Campbell at 702-229-5406 or lcampbell@lasvegasnevada.gov.

 

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