CCCA APRIL ZOOM
EARTH DAY WEBINAR
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Happy Earth Month! There is no better time in DC than when the Cherry Blossoms are blooming and spring is in the air. Please join the Chevy Chase Citizens Association for a webinar celebrating this time of renewal and hear from experts about things you can do to get your yard ready for outdoor fun! Webinar Topics Include:
Garden for Wildlife: Tips on native vegetation, controlling pests, and the best planting for attracting pollinators
Composting: Learn about options for urban compositing
DC Programs: Learn about the DC programs that help homeowners with rain barrels, bay scaping, rain gardens, and planting trees.
And many more surprises!
This is a no-miss webinar that will tell you everything you need to know about making your yard an eco-friendly urban oasis! More details and a link will be posted soon!
Concerned Residents Petition for Community Engagement in Chevy Chase DC Planning
Chevy Chase Residents for Community-Driven Development has posted a petition requesting supporters to demand a community-driven comprehensive planning process for any redevelopment of upper Connecticut Avenue. The petition states "We seek: (1) truly affordable housing (including family-sized units) to welcome a diverse mix of new residents (including lower-income individuals and families); (2) infrastructure that scales up as population grows; (3) a pedestrian-friendly, small-business-centered commercial corridor; and (4) new construction that complements the historic architecture of Chevy Chase DC."
With the DC City Council just a few days away from voting on changes to DC law that will determine the look and feel of the upper Connecticut Avenue NW commercial corridor for years to come it is important to act soon to improve the process. To read and to sign the full petition please visit: Support Community-Driven Planning for Chevy Chase DC.
Be Prepared For Emergencies in Chevy Chase D.C.
CCCA and Northwest Neighbors Village held an online webinar in March on how to access local emergency services.
D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Services Department agency (DCFEMS) includes not only fire and emergency services, but also preventive services such as COVID testing and smoke detector inspections. Fire and EMS Chief John Donnelly told the webinar his agency’s approach is “Right care – Right now,” which is used to guide residents to the most appropriate service. If your call to 911 is an emergency, an ambulance or fire engine will be dispatched immediately. You may be referred to a nurse who will help you find the right service.
Other available resources include AMR, the third-party ambulance service that provides service to less severe cases. Response time data can be found on the agency’s website. Chief Donnelly recommends keeping an emergency contact list posted on your refrigerator. A File of Life (refrigerator magnet and envelope for your medical information is available from NNV). Half of fire deaths involve senior citizens. The fire department is available to do in-home safety inspections.
“You should be prepared; an emergency can happen to you,” said Ned Sherburne, Fire/Rescue Chief of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (BCCRS). He discussed services provided to residents in Northwest D.C. under an agreement in effect for 20 years. If you call, 301-652-1000, a BCCRS unit will be dispatched to you. The dispatcher also will notify DCFEMS. They will transport you to the hospital of your choice, if at all possible. BCCRS provides basic life support (BLS) service, which is provided by trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs). If the DCFEMS dispatcher determines that the call requires advanced life support (paramedic) or other resources, the D.C. dispatcher will also send DCFEMS units.
Samantha Nolan, our local preparedness expert, is CERT and Neighborhood Corps Trained and a member of the Neighborhood Corps Council for the District of Columbia. She recommends that you regularly check the gauge on your fire extinguisher to make sure it is not empty. She also suggested completing the NNV File of Life, then keeping a copy with you and adding an “In Case of Emergency (ICE)” contact on your phone. Other tips on preparing a To-Go Kit for Seniors and How to Use a Fire Extinguisher can be found at https://www.nnvdc.org/pages/10010-resources
Contact Stephanie Chong, NNV director, firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a File of Life.
March 2021 Newsletter
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