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Emergency Go Bag Checklist

Emergency Go Bag Checklist

Living where we do in the foothills, among the trees and beauty of nature means that we may at some time be faced with the threat of wildfire. What can we do to be prepared if that time arises?

Well, let’s think about your situation. Do you have pets,  medications, pictures, and important documents? Of course, you do! We all have something we couldn’t bear to lose or at the very least would make life difficult if we did.  Let’s make a list and prepare a bag now. My emergency checklist may be different than yours so really think about it and make changes as needed so you don’t have to think about it when under the pressure of evacuation. Get your emergency go bag ready, NOW. Here is a sample checklist. Print the PDF and hang it up where you can easily see it. Place items in a bag or laundry basket where they are easy to grab on your way out the door.

Pack your go bag so you can grab it and go!

 

EMERGENCY EVACUATION GO BAG CHECKLIST: Click here for a printable version

Emergency Go Bag Checklist

Important documents

  • Birth certificates

  • Driver’s license

  • Social security cards

  • Passports

  • A list of personal contacts

  • Proof of insurance

  • Pink slips for cars

  • Deed to your house

  • Life insurance policies

  • Passwords

  • Thumb drive/memory card

  • Laptop

Supplies

  • Fire extinguisher

  • First aid kit

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • Phone chargers

  • Food and water, 3 day supply

Medications- prescription and non-prescription

 

Pets

  • Carrying crates

  • Medications

  • Food/water for three days

  • Leashes

  • Food bowls

Personal items

  • One change of clothing and shoes for every member of the family

  • toothbrush/toothpaste

  • Hairbrush

Items that cannot be replaced

  • Special photographs

  • Family Recipes

Other items to consider adding to your emergency go bag

  • Eyeglasses, contacts, contact solution

  • Infant formula, wipes, bottles, diapers

  • Sleeping bags or blankets and pillows for each person in the household

  • Feminine hygiene items

  • Paper plates, bowls, plasticware, cups

  • Paper and pen

  • Books, games, puzzles

 

Let’s make a list and prepare a bag NOW.

Click here for a printable version

Nevada County Designated CA State Cultural District!

Nevada County Designated CA State Cultural District!

  THE CULTURE IN THEM THAR HILLS!

California Arts Council announced Monday July 10 that Nevada City and Grass Valley have been designated a combined State Cultural District. We are one of only 14 areas in the State of California to have been awarded such recognition.  The California Cultural Districts Program celebrates the state’s artistic and cultural assets and diversity.

Rock On Nevada City & Grass Valley

Nevada City and Grass Valley are recognized by the Arts Council as a “well defined geographic area with high concentrations of cultural resources and activities”. Nevada County is the only county in the State of California to have two Cultural Districts and are among only four rural districts recognized by the program.  No surprise at all to denizens of the area who live in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Auburn and surrounding communities and take advantage of the manifold opportunities to enjoy and participate in arts, music, storytelling and many other cultural offerings that take place year round here.

Best Of Both Worlds, Small Town Living Amidst The Trees…& Arts

We know it…and so shall people not only in the State of California, but nationally and internationally as the rich cultural gifts of the area are showered in the bright lights of the Arts Council’s promotional and advertising activities. We have celebrated many of our areas arts entities in this space, such as the vital Center For The Arts, Music in the Mountains, Miner’s Foundry, KVMR Radio, and the annual Open Studios art trail. There are 53 arts organizations, 33 galleries, studios and museums, 19 live music venues, and 49 places of historical interest in Grass Valley and Nevada City. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival takes place every year in Nevada City and Grass Valley and is considered to be the most important environmental film festival in the country today.

The Sierra Lifestyle At Its Best Nevada City - Best Place To Live

Julie Baker, Executive Director of the Center Of The Arts says, “We live in a rural community with remarkable sophistication and a passion for the arts!”  The Center will host the 21st Annual California WorldFest this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (itself a cultural gem here). When queried by clients thinking of moving to Nevada County as to where or not we have culture this is the answer.  We sure ain’t just of bunch of rednecks, and if you weren’t a believer before, this ought to get you religion!

The designation of Grass Valley and Nevada City as a California Cultural District is well deserved. We love the Sierra Lifestyle here and the opportunity to participate in making it better,,,and better. Come party with us!

 

Afraid of selling because you may not find another home?

Afraid of selling because you may not find another home?

Selling Your Home in a “Low Inventory Market”

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid of selling their homes in Nevada County because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell-whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood-there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to buy first!

In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on Zillow, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home. We have a lot of properties for sale in Grass valley, Penn Valley, Nevada City, Rough and Ready and Lake Wildwood and Lake of the Pines. There is a mistake I’ve seen time and time again, where people make a statement of wanting to live in Nevada City, and only searching there, not realising their “perfect home” is right on line between Nevada City and Grass Valley, so they miss out on buying their dream property in Nevada County. Expand those searches!

Think outside the box!

Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid of not finding another wonderful home in Nevada County as well. Let us know the area you would love to live, be it Cascade Shores, Peardale Chicago Park, Morgan Ranch, The Cedars or any of the other fantastic neighborhoods we have here in the gold country! We can canvas the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live, and sometimes find homes that may not be quite listed yet, giving you a first look! We could find a home for you to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

What if you can’t find the perfect home?

It’s rare, but from time to time, you just simply can’t find the perfect home for you. Have you considered building? There are some AMAZING lots available for sale in Nevada County. Perhaps it’s time to create your own home? Building can be an excellent way to get just what you are looking for. There are lots of different styles of loans available, and many options for those looking to build. It should definitely be a consideration as there is nothing quite like planning and creating your brand new home.

You should always have a REALTOR®!

Not only do REALTORS® have access to tools and listings that the general public doesn’t have access to, but we have a vast network of colleagues, past clients, brokers, and others to put the word out to as well. Not only that, but we know the ins and outs of real estate laws. It’s important to make sure everything is done correctly to ensure your transactions are completed correctly. This can save you from costly mistakes with years of repercussions.

The Sierra Lifestyle Team

We make YOU our top priority and will always go the extra mile for you. Even if you are just thinking of selling or buying, give us a call with any questions you may have. We’re here to help! In the meantime, be sure to search for property here, and sign up for new listing notifications so when a new property comes on the market, matching your parameters, you’ll be emailed the details automatically!

Farmers Markets – The Bounty Of Nevada County.

Farmers Markets – The Bounty Of Nevada County.

Summer’s Here…And So Is A Plethora Of Fresh & Organic Foods Offered At Nevada County Farmers Markets!

Nevada County Farmers Markets

Those of us lucky enough to live in Western Nevada County are blessed each year with bounteous, fresh and tasty farm fare offered each week at several locations and times as local Farmers Markets get into gear.  Growers offer a plethora of fresh vegetables, honey, bakery goods, organic grass-fed beef and much more. Many offerings from local farmers are grown organically….and the Heirloom Tomatoes are to die for, making the Winter months seem an unfair, long wait. Well, the wait is over. Here is a list of our Certified Farmers Markets:

Tuesday Morning – Nevada County Certified Growers Market  9 am – 1 pm, May 3 – September 29, Rood Center, Hwy 49, Nevada City.

Tuesday Afternoon – Lake Of The Pines Certified Farmers Market  3pm – 7pm,  June7 – September 27, Lower Marina Parking Lot, Lake Of The Pines

Thursday Morning – Nevada County Certified Growers Market  9am – 1pm, May 5 – October 27, Western Gateway Park, 18560 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley

Thursday Afternoon – Grass Valley Downtown Association Thursday Night Market  5:30 pm – 9 pm, June 23 – July 28, Mill Street Closed for market, Downtown Grass Valley

Saturday Morning – Nevada City Farmers Market  8:30 am – 1 pm, June 4 – November 19, Union Street, downtown Nevada City

Saturday Morning – Nevada County 8 am – 12:30 pm, April 16 – November 19.

Nevada County Farmers Markets offer an amazing variety of freshly picked vegetables and fruits for those that visit: Apples to Zucchini. We especially love the tasty Heirloom Tomatoes widely available. Come check out artisan olive oil and breads, organic grass fed meats, grains, beans, seeds and nuts, honey….even jewelry and yard art is available at some markets.  While at the Nevada City Farmers Market, be sure to stop by and sample the awesome Brazilian Plantain dishes cooked in front of you at one of our favorite stalls, Musa Musa.