April 16, 2003
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Spanish-speaking Contra Costa residents will have a chance to see how county
agencies are working together to protect local communities from natural and
Vida Sana en Vivo, an award-winning Spanish language television program on Contra
Costa Television (CCTV) will present a show debuting April 17 at 3:30 p.m.
and replaying April 18 at 5:00 p.m., April 24 at 3:30 p.m. and April 25 at 5:00 p.m.
The program will describe how the county's Community Warning System
alerts residents to a disaster such as a chemical spill or terrorist act. The
program also highlights the work that is being done to reduce the risk of
contracting West Nile Virus.
"We feel it is important for our community to know we are taking action to keep them
safe. Contra Costa County's population is roughly 18% Latino and the
group is growing faStreet Information is not always available in Spanish and this is a
way to provide needed information," said Eric Jonsson Hazardous
Materials Specialist with Contra Costa County's Hazardous Materials Program.
Jonsson, who appears on the show, says the program demonstrates how the Sheriff's
Office, the Health Department and other agencies use sirens, computer
phone calls and other strategies to get information out fast during an emergency.
Carlos Sanabria, Lead Inspector for Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control
District will also appear on the show, explaining the steps the District is
taking to prevent West Nile Virus from spreading.
"West Nile Virus has caused 277 deaths already and is moving weStreet We expect it to
reach California this summer," said Sanabria.
Sanabria will also explain what steps families can take to reduce the mosquito
population, who carry the potentially deadly disease, and steps they can take
to reduce the risk of being bitten.
Vida Sana en Vivo can be seen on Contra Costa Television, the County's public access
cable TV station.
(In the Danville/Blackhawk area that's channel 10. In Clayton and Concord it is
channel 15 and 18. In Oakley and Bethel Island, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda,
Pacheco, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek it's channel 19. In Antioch, Bay Point,
Pittsburg, San Ramon, Concord, Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules,
Pinole, Richmond, Rodeo, and San Pablo it's channel 27. With Astound Cable it's
For more information on the Community Warning System visit the CAER website. For more information on West Nile
Virus visit the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector
Control District or the Contra Costa Public Health department's West Nile Virus pages.
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