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Residents Can Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Via Text Message and VoIP


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA – Features of the County’s emergency notification system allows public safety personnel to reach more residents than ever before during disasters.

The Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) uses listed and unlisted numbers in the region’s 911 database to alert residents of life-threatening emergencies and San Bernardino County updates this database every six months. TENS is a proven success, and has placed hundreds of thousands of calls during wildfire and flood events since its creation in 2004. However, the 9-1-1 database only includes landline telephones, so other numbers must be registered. If a resident wishes to receive an emergency alert text message on their cell phone or an emergency call on their Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone they must register the number in the system.

TENS is only used in potentially life-threatening incidents such as an evacuation during a wildfire or earthquake. When the County deems it necessary to activate TENS, it will call the numbers in the 9-1-1 landline database in the affected area, and another separate alert will also go out via text message to the cell phones of those residents who have signed up for these alerts. In addition, a call will also be placed to any VoIP numbers that have been registered. The TENS system is currently TTY and TDD capable, however, residents who use these devices are encouraged to enter their numbers using this new feature so that the County can ensure they receive a message appropriate for their device.

To sign up, please visit www.sbcounty.gov and click on the “Sign Up for Emergency Alerts” icon or from the home pages of the County Fire and Sheriff’s departments at www.sbcfire.org or www.sbcsd.org. Thanks to the partnership with San Bernardino County’s 2-1-1 Social Services Hotline, residents who do not have internet access may register by dialing 211 to sign up.

Since many households do not have landlines these days, we hope that this additional method will go further towards alerting residents and enhancing the overall safety of even more San Bernardino County citizens.

Be Prepared BEFORE disaster strikes. Learn more by visiting www.sbcfire.org.

The County of San Bernardino Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department utilizes multiple ways to notify residents of impending danger, but residents should not wait for or rely exclusively on any single notification system. If you are concerned about your safety and welfare, please evacuate.

Lead Free Kids!

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 until Saturday, Oct 28, 2017
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services share the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the United States. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week occurs every year during the last full week in October. Lead is a highly toxic metal that, at one time, was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust and soil found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.

The goals of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week are to:

  • Raise awareness about lead poisoning
  • Stress the importance of screening the highest risk children younger than 6 years of age (preferably by ages 1 and 2)
  • Highlight efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning
  • Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure

Welcome Back to S.T.A.R.S.

The 2017/2018 academic year has begun and students in grades TK-8 have returned to the City of Yucaipa Community Services Department’s “S.T.A.R.S.” (Science, Technology, Arts, Recreation for Success) Before and After School Program.  Since its inception in 2014, the “S.T.A.R.S.” Program provides a safe, affordable, quality before and after school program, which strives to assist students in achieving higher grades through homework completion, and encourages school attendance with engaging activities.  Now located on eight local school campuses, students will consistently be involved in a variety of educational activities throughout the school year.

“S.T.A.R.S.” staff creates opportunities for children to actively participate in extracurricular activities.  A 2016/2017 “S.T.A.R.S.” parent from Valley Elementary School recently shared her appreciation for the program as her son attended “S.T.A.R.S.” during his kindergarten school year. “He loved the program so much he would ask that we wait to pick him up until closing. He loved the activities provided by the staff, as well as the outdoor time. The staff who works with the kids are excellent and friendly. My son will be enrolled in STARS next year as well – without a doubt!”

The City continues to accept enrollment applications for the 2017/2018 academic year.  Parents interested in enrolling their child may contact their school site or the Yucaipa Community Center for an application and parent handbook.  For more information regarding the Yucaipa “S.T.A.R.S.” Program, please contact Sarah Martinez at (909)790-7460 extension 322, or visit our website at www.yucaipa.org.

Join the City of Yucaipa’s “S.T.A.R.S.” Before and After School Program to keep your child safe, inspire learning, and encourage them to shine!

Invasive Mosquito Alert (Yellow Fever)

Invasive Mosquito Alert: Aedes aegypti Detected in Chino Hills Aug 22 – The West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected the presence of Aedes aegypti, commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito, in Chino Hills. Enhanced surveillance in the area was triggered on August 21st in response to a resident complaint of daytime-biting mosquitoes. The traps were located near Slate Drive and Agate Road.

The yellow fever mosquito will bite in the daytime and the evening They are small mosquitoes that have white bands on its legs, and prefer to lay eggs in man-made receptacles such as tires, fountains, potted plants, and birdbaths. Aedes lay their eggs singly on the sides of containers, usually just above the water line, and can withstand drying and heat for up to 12 months. When the eggs meet with water, they activate and hatch. Aedes may lay eggs and develop indoors as well as outdoors. Aedes aegypti are an important species because they are known transmitters of West Nile virus, Dengue, and Zika virus. Because they are new to our environment and with their unique biting and egg laying habits, yellow fever mosquitoes have the potential to spread rapidly and introduce previously unseen human disease to our area.

Residents can help combat this invasive mosquito by dumping all standing water found in items such as birdbaths, trash cans, and flowerpots, to frequently change the water in pet’s dishes and to ensure pools and spas are properly maintained. Containers that were holding water should also be cleaned and scrubbed thoroughly to remove any eggs glued to the sides.

To prevent mosquito bites, ensure that window screens are in good repair, and to use an effective mosquito repellent when outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control recommends using a repellent containing Picaridin, DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535. Residents are also urged to report green pools, standing water, or day-biting mosquito problems to the District at 909-635-0307 or online at www.wvmvcd.org.

Prescription MedReturn Receptacle

The City of Yucaipa, the Yucaipa Valley Water District, and Yucaipa Police Department is making it easy to dispose of excess and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.  A new MedReturn receptacle has been installed at the Yucaipa Police Station thanks to funding from the City of Yucaipa and Yucaipa Valley Water District.  This drop off  box will be available to Yucaipa citizens all year round, during Yucaipa Police Department’s regular business hours of  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What can be dropped off:

  • Excess and expired prescriptions
  • Prescription Patches
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medication for pets
  • *Syringes will not be accepted


Partner with the City of Yucaipa and our Police Department to protect your neighborhood!  Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. If you have an interest in forming a neighborhood watch program, please contact Sherrie O’Connell, Assistant Coordinator for the City of Yucaipa, at 909 797-2489 x 260.

Mailbox Tampering / Mail Theft

The Yucaipa Police Department is currently investigating mailbox tampering, as well as mail theft, in both privately owned and community shared mailboxes.  Although this crime has been observed and investigated by law enforcement for many years, there has been an increase in the number of reported incidents in the City of Yucaipa in the past few weeks.

The United States Postal Inspectors recommend the following tips to lower the chances that you will become a victim of this crime.

  • Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after it is delivered.  Don’t leave your mail unattended for extended periods.  Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.
  • If you cannot regularly retrieve your mail promptly, consider installing a lockable mailbox or obtaining P.O. Box service from your local post office.
  • If you will be away from home temporarily, you can notify your post office to hold your mail with the online hold mail service on the US Postal Service website:  https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/.
  • Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office, or hand it to your letter carrier.
  • Monitor your bank account statements regularly, and report any charges or checks you did not authorize.
  • Monitor your credit report and report any accounts you did not authorize.
  • Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.

Please call the Yucaipa Police Department dispatch line at 909-790-3100 if you believe you are a victim of mail theft, or to report any suspicious activity at or near any mail receiving or distributing locations.


Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips

Even with today’s busy schedules, we need to stay diligent when it comes to preventing car related crimes.  Auto theft is almost always classified as a crime of opportunity.  As such, we need to practice good preventative measures in order to eliminate this opportunity and make our cars less desirable to criminals.

  • Always lock your doors, even when you plan on only being gone from your vehicle briefly.  It is not uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles checking the doors to see who has left their vehicle unlocked.  Do not leave any windows open including vent/wing windows or sunroofs.
  • If you have an alarm on your vehicle, use it!  It is an effective deterrent to an auto-burglar who often chooses the easiest targets.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.  Although that sounds like “common sense” most of the reports that we take happen when the driver or passenger has done just that.  Your car is an automatic target when doing so.
  • When you are out and about, please items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
  • Do not leave any sign that there may be valuables hidden in your vehicle, such as docking stations or connector cables.  Covered up items that are left on the floorboard are an invitation for a criminal.  Not doing this may prevent your from having to spend money on broken windows.
  • Park in busy, well lit areas whenever possible.  Well traveled areas with plenty of vehicle and pedestrian movement are less likely to invite criminal activity.
  • As a last line of defense and to aid in the recovery process, mark your valuables.  Engrave them with a “personal identifier” that is something other than your social security number or drivers license.
  • Report suspicious persons seen wandering around in parking lots or neighborhoods that are looking into vehicles.  Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you sense there is a theft that is about to occur.

Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Boulevard
Yucaipa, CA  92399
(909)918-2305 Business
(909)790-3100 Dispatch