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Tahoe League for Charity hosts NT Fire, announces scholarship luncheon

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North Tahoe Fire Department Information Officer Dave Zaski and Nileta Morton, TLC member and certified CEIT and CERT volunteer at the May luncheon.

On May 12, the Tahoe League for Charity monthly meeting featured David Zaski, public information officer from the North Tahoe Fire Department.

Officer Zaski spoke on what to do if there is a forest fire threat, where to find safety, and how to prepare for an emergency evacuation. In the event of a fire, "Robocalls" will notify residents on their land lines and also on individual cell phones from contact efforts made by Citizen Emergency Information Team volunteers.

Because cell phone towers may be jammed by calls and there is a probability of the loss of electrical power, it is advised to tune into 1630 AM on your portable or car radio for updates and direction. Facebook will also post all evacuation information if you "Friend" North Tahoe Fire Protection District.

Calfire will assist with their "air attack system," sending a lead plane to track the direction of the fire and alerting evacuees and first responders. The result of their "intel" also aids CERT (the FEMA qualified Community Emergency Response Team) when they are deployed to work with first responders in search and rescue efforts.

These endeavors are the result of carefully organized plans by the North Tahoe Fire District to prepare, mitigate, and execute action in an emergency — before, during and after a forest fire. For more information, contact Dave Zaski at zaski@ntfire.net or go to readysetgo.com.

Be prepared, this will be a high-risk summer.

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The June luncheon-speaker meeting for TLC will be on Monday, June 9, at 11:30 a.m. at Jake's on the Lake in Tahoe City.

The feature speaker will be Jeff Ream, counselor at North Tahoe High School.

Ream will speak about student body programs, the importance of goal setting for students and the successful outcomes of student scholarships.

Lunch is $17 reservations due by June 5. Contact Trudy Lesem at crimpco@aol.com. Check TLC's website at tahoeleagueforcharity.org.