FROM THE CITY OF MONTEREY
COVID-19 and More...Local Update
October 9, 2020
Happy Friday! #FridayFeeling at Lower Presidio Historic Park
The view above Lower Presidio Historic Park gives us that #FridayFeeling Today, it's a great place to social distance and take in the views of Old Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey beaches. This vantage point was previously used for Spanish, Mexican and early American forts to keep an eye on the bay and the town below for danger. Recent improvements include ADA ramps to the top of the hill with informational signage about its history. Learn more in our #FlashbackFriday #Monterey250 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie9tWfVBVSo&t=99s

Have a great weekend!
National Voter Education Week
National Voter Education Week (NVEW) helps voters bridge the gap between registering to vote and actually casting a ballot. During this week of interactive education, voters have the opportunity to find their polling location, understand their ballot, make a plan to vote in person or remotely, and more. NVEW strives to help voters overcome common barriers to become confident voters and ambassadors of voting in their own communities for every election.

Good job, Monterey County! Monterey County is seeing a record number of eligible voters registering to vote for this year’s presidential election.
More than 200,000 people had registered to vote in the county- that’s roughly eighty percent of all eligible voters. More contactless drop-off stations have been set up for people to drop off ballots, including in front of the Monterey Public Library. Learn more at montereycountyelections.us. Thank you for your civic engagement!
Earthquake Warning California and the Great Shakeout
Earthquake Warning California is the country’s first publicly available, statewide warning system that could give California residents crucial seconds to take cover before you feel shaking. Managed by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Earthquake Warning California uses ground motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and can notify Californians to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in advance of an earthquake. 
 
To receive earthquake warnings, individuals and family members can download the MyShake App and ensure phone settings are adjusted to receive emergency alerts, including:
 
  • MyShake App: Free smartphone app that provides iPhone and Android users with audio and visual warnings (magnitude 4.5 or higher and Modified Mercalli Intensity IV shaking). Available at in the Apple App and Google Play stores;
  • Android Earthquake Alerts: Android phones with updated operating systems are automatically subscribed to Android Earthquake Alerts, which uses the same technology as the MyShake App; and
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs): No-cost text messages for emergency situations (magnitude 5.0 or higher and Modified Mercalli Intensity III shaking).

If you live in an area that could be impacted by an earthquake, preparation is vital, as these events can strike suddenly, at any time, with little warning.

Please join in the Great California ShakeOut on Oct. 15th by using Earthquake Warning California’s MyShake App to receive a test earthquake warning. The test will occur on Thursday, October 15th around 10:15am. The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On."
Buy Local/Support Small this Weekend
We have been loving the creative ways that local businesses have been setting up attractive and safe outdoor seating. Be sure to support your local businesses over the weekend- dine-in outdoors, take-out or get delivery. City of Monterey staff have been helping these businesses set up their outdoor seating safely in our business districts. By buying local, you are helping support jobs, keep unique businesses in town, and keep your tax dollars local for City services and improvements.
Important Links and Daily Numbers
The City of Monterey is working to provide local resources and support every day to help us get past the pandemic. Here's a look at the past six months: MONTEREY RESPONDS
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