Oakmont E-Blast 7-27-2021

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Masking Up Indoors

in Oakmont Facilities

At the July 20   meeting, the board of directors passed the following resolutions: masks are recommended to be worn by all individuals and are required to be worn by all unvaccinated individuals inside all OVA buildings. Sonoma County health officials joined seven other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley in issuing the recommendation. The OVA has elected to follow county guidance and will continue to monitor local trends and recommendations.


July President’s Message


Town Hall

August 3 at 1 p.m. on Zoom
Jack Cohen, Ph.D.
The Home Ignition Zone

Log on for this presentation from the scientist who coined the phrase “home ignition zone.” Jack Cohen, Ph.D., is a retired research physical scientist with the USDA Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. He is considered to be the pre-eminent researcher on wildfire and home ignitions and a founder of the Firewise® Communities/USA recognition program. He has authored an extensive body of work on fire behavior and preventing home loss during fire disasters. 

No one has done more to define the wildland-urban interface (WUI) problem and empower homeowners to reduce their risk of wildfire. Cohen also co-developed the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System and contributed to the U.S. fire behavior prediction systems.

Join the meeting at www.oakmontvillage.com/Live


GP Week Pool Hours

Heads Up! It’s Grandparents Week

On July 30 from 12:30 to 4 pm., the central pool will be closed for a Grandparents Club event.


CAC Spa –Enjoy

The spa at the Central Activity Center is now repaired and ready for your enjoyment.


Emergency Alert Test

FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

August 11 at 11:30 a.m. PDT

In coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, FEMA will conduct a nationwide test at 2:20 p.m. EDT on August 11 with a backup date of August 25 to assess the capabilities of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert.

This is the sixth national Emergency Alert System test and the second national Wireless Emergency Alert test. This time, however, the wireless portion of the test will be directed only to those cellphones where the subscriber has opted in to receive emergency alert test messages. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

Both portions of this nationwide test will be sent through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure that automatically authenticates alerts. The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster.

Cell towers will broadcast the wireless test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, cell phones that have opted in to receive Wireless Emergency Alert test messages, are switched on, within range of an active cell tower and configured to receive emergency alert test messages should receive that message.  Phones should receive the message once, reading, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Phones set to Spanish will receive a translated message. Wireless Emergency Alerts are accompanied by a unique tone and vibration. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration.

The Emergency Alert System test is made available to Emergency Alert System participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly test messages with which the public is familiar.

Prepare, Just in Case

Preparing for an emergency, especially wildfire, can involve more than a go-bag. There are many steps that can be taken well in advance of any evacuation orders. Here is a list prepared by Oakmont’s Map Your Neighborhood team:

  • Leave hoses connected, front and back, visible and with good spray nozzles attached.  Make sure water is not on.
  • Make sure sprinklers and auto water systems are off and water is not running.  This can adversely affect water pressure that firefighters need.
  • Leave wooden gates propped open and unlocked to interrupt any fuse-like burning along a fence from reaching your home.
  • Leave a non-combustible/metal ladder out and visible for firefighters to use.
  • Turn off air conditioning, attic fans, and whole house fans to avoid outside air, smoke or ember intake.
  • Turn off and unplug appliances, including the icemaker, to avoid damage from surges.
  • Bring all combustible materials indoors – patio furniture cushions, jute mats and brooms and umbrellas, for example. 
  • Turn BBQ propane tanks off and place at least 30’ away from the house or in the garage.
  • Close all windows and interior doors. Move furniture to center of room if there is time, and away from windows.
  • Turn interior lights on so firefighters can see your house through heavy smoke.
  • Check on your neighbors to make sure they know to evacuate and are able to evacuate.
  • During smoky conditions, wear a N-95 mask.  Have a headlamp or flashlight handy, even in the daylight; wear sensible (sturdy, protective) clothes.
  • Keep pet carriers by front door, loaded and ready to go.
  •  Have your vehicle outside and backed into driveway, full of gas – or fully charged if electric – windows and doors closed, loaded with go-bags and important necessities.  Keep your keys in your pocket.

Blood Pressure Clinic Reopening

August 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Berger Center

The Blood Pressure Clinic at the Berger Center will be returning on Wednesday, August 4, at 10:30 a.m.  Masks will be required at all times, and social distancing must be followed when waiting for your turn. No appointment is needed, and there is no charge.


There is a need for volunteer nurses to keep this program going.  If you are interested, please contact Del Baker at 539-1657 or dolorita@sonic.net


Les voilà! Les Cercles Français

Le Cercle Français is a group of friendly Francophiles who meet once a week to enjoy conversation and exchange ideas in French with the goal of increasing vocabulary and fluency.  Anyone with the ability to speak the language at about the intermediate level will find it easy to participate in the Tuesday Cercle. For ces intermédiaires there are no lessons or homework, but a French-English dictionary is useful.

The Monday Cercle welcomes beginners to un groupe de débutants. For ces débutants, there may be some lessons and optional homework, but the time mostly is spent in conversation.

You are welcome to come and converse and watch your French improve.


Les intermédiaires: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Suite B (OVA Office Building).
Les débutants: Mondays, 4-5 p.m., Suite B (OVA Office Building).

For more information contact Barbara Dudley at 539-2996 or barbaradud62@gmail.com.


Kiwanis of Oakmont

August 5 at 8:30 a.m.
Oakmont Gardens

The Kiwanis first-Thursday-of-the-month meeting will be on August 5 at 8:30 at Oakmont Gardens. Come for breakfast at 8 a.m.  For more information, contact Fran Lazzarini at 521-9024 for details.


A Case for Ranked Choice Voting

August 10, 11:00 a.m.
Berger Center
A Case for Ranked Choice Voting
Dr. Rick Luttman

The August 10 meeting features a hot lunch with a hot topic.  Members and non-members are invited to learn all about “A Case for Ranked Choice-Voting.”  Dr. Rick Luttmann considers ranked choice voting the most important way to choose a candidate. He holds degrees in mathematics from Amherst College (AB), Stanford University (MS) and the University of Arizona (PhD) and has been a Professor of Mathematics at SSU since 1970. While retired from active teaching in 2014, he is still on the faculty as an Emeritus Professor. For many years, he taught a general-education mathematics course on “Math and Politics,” in which he covered voting systems among other topics.

Non-members who wish to come should contact  travelmanm2c@gmail.com for menu choices and cost.

The meeting will begin at the Berger Center at 11 a.m. for social time with the program starting at 11:30. Those interested in joining the Sir Branch may contact johnbarrett@ieee.org or 318 -4633.