Local update on COVID-19 & more
January 26, 2021
Storm Watch: Be Prepared - review
Are you prepared for this week's major storm? Here is what we know, and tips on getting and staying prepared:
  • Strong, gusty and damaging winds are forecast to develop tonight. Yesterday's High Wind Watch has been upgraded to a Warning, with wind gusts up to 60-70 MPH! Conduct a home safety evaluation to make sure potentially wind-borne objects are secure and prepare for the possibility of power outages.
  • Due to the upcoming atmospheric river and high likelihood for debris flows, parts of Highway 1 near Big Sur will be closed with barricades and signs. Please avoid the area.
  • Monterey County Sheriff's Office has issued an Evacuation Warning for the Carmel, River and Dolan Fire burn scars. Areas within two miles downslope of those areas are at risk of debris flows. If you are unsure if you are in an evacuation zone, visit the evacuation map at The National Weather Service is predicting 8-10 inches of rain over the Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County.
  • To register for emergency alerts, visit or text MCWINTER to 888777.
  • City of Monterey provides free, fill-your-own sand bag stations at all three fire stations in Monterey and at the Pacific Grove fire station.
  • Refer to for what to do before, during, and after a storm.
COVID-19 Vaccine Informational Town Hall - IN SPANISH ONLY - Wednesday, January 27
¿Tiene preguntas sobre la vacuna contra el COVID19? El condado de Monterey tendrá un seminario informativo este miércoles 27 de enero de las 5:30 a 6:30 de la tarde. El seminario es accesible a través de las redes sociales y por la plataforma Zoom:
REMINDER: Monterey Mornings with the Manager on Wednesday, January 27 and Cannabis Town Hall on Thursday, January 28
Join us for Monterey Mornings with the Manager, tomorrow, Jan. 27 at 9:30AM. City Manager Hans Uslar will discuss the programs, policies and projects currently affecting our community. We'll be LIVE at - bring your questions and feedback.

WATCH THE VIDEO from today's commercial cannabis webinar - - and join us on Thursday at 7:00PM for the second webinar.
COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule for Monterey County
Monterey County is moving into Phase 1B by beginning to vaccinate those who are 75 years and older. Vaccine supplies are still limited. Clinics for those 75 plus and those in Phase 1A are available at

Here's a comprehensive article about vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The information includes how vaccines work, understanding mRNA vaccines, the difference between Pfizer and Moderna, and more.
COVID-19 Numbers for 93940
Below are CHOMP's daily COVID-19 numbers and ICU capacity. Also posted at To see more data visit
Have Your Say Monterey - the City's new public engagement portal:
  • Watch your mailbox for a print version of the survey - complete and drop in the mail, postage paid!
  • Join the commercial cannabis discussion - there's another opportunity on Jan. 28 to participate in a community webinar
  • Take the cannabis survey - due by Feb. 7. Please register and let us know your thoughts about commercial cannabis in Monterey! Help us move the dial and get 500 responses!
Visit and register to have YOUR say!
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