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Talk of the Trade: Socious


In this month’s Talk of the Trade, we’re highlighting Socious, an online community software company that is growing and developing in Gilbert.  For more information on Socious, click here.

4 Classes to Kick-start Your Fall Yard Work


If you’re ready to get back outside and do some landscape renovation, we have four classes that can help you have a beautiful, thriving yard… all while using water efficiently.

  • On October 16th, we start things off by exploring the plants that do well in our soil and climate (otherwise known as: beautiful and low maintenance). Why fight with a plant that doesn’t want to be planted here when there are numerous desert-adapted options to choose from?
  • Then, on October 23rd we will tackle drip irrigation design and installation from the backflow prevention device (yeah, you should have one) to the very last drip emitter. Alleviate any confusion with the various parts of a drip irrigation system by attending this class. Demonstrations of real-life irrigation parts will be on hand!
  • Next, on October 30th you will learn how to set your irrigation controller. You will also learn how to adjust your watering with the seasons and to irrigate according to the needs of your specific landscape. We will have irrigation controllers in the classroom so you can learn hands-on by programming it yourself!
  • Finally, to round out the fall residential workshop series, we’ll tackle how to maintain your irrigation system. You will find that with regular maintenance your system lasts longer and saves you money over time. Regular inspections can also help you identify leaks before they run for too long and you see it on your utility bill.

Interested? Register online at gilbertaz.gov/waterworkshops or call (480) 503-6098 and select option 5. You can attend all four classes or pick and choose what you need.

For all of the learning opportunities mentioned above, join us at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234, from 6:30- 9:00 PM. All four workshops will be in the Assembly Room, which is the furthest east room in the library’s lobby. Email us if you have any questions!

Top 10 Things to Include in Your 72 Hour Emergency Kit

September is National Preparedness Month and we are encouraging residents to take action now to prepare. Do you have a 72 hour emergency kit? If not, it’s time to start packing! Here are the top 10 things to include in your emergency kit:

  1. Food – non-perishable including MRE’s, granola or energy bars, and/or dried fruit (3 day supply)
  2. Water – 1 gallon per person per day (3 day supply)
  3. AM/FM Radio (battery-operated or hand crank)
  4. First aid kit
  5. Personal hygiene supplies
  6. Personal documents including medication lists, proof of address, birth certificates, passports, and insurance policies.
  7. Cash
  8. Cell phone with charger (bonus to have crank or solar charging capabilities)
  9. Medications
  10. Multipurpose tool

To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.

Gilbert, Arizona Remembers 9-11

Gilbert, Arizona remembers the fallen in this year’s 9-11 Memorial Ceremony. Gilbert Fire & Rescue Chief Jim Jobusch and Mayor John Lewis spoke at this event.

Manufacturing in Gilbert, AZ

In this Talk of the Trade, Brett Manning, VP of Operations for Silent-Aire discusses the advantages of manufacturing in Gilbert including the commitment to grow businesses and plethora of skilled trades and technical professionals.

Meet Gilbert’s Native American Management Intern

NAInternBrooke Wheeler:
I am working on my Masters of Public Administration degree (nonprofit concentration) and a Museum Studies Certificate at ASU. I received a BA in Anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies at ASU. My interests primarily lay within museum and nonprofit administration, and in federal, state, and local public policy. I have always been committed to working with American Indian communities through either the public or nonprofit sector. When I graduate next fall, I hope to work for National Museum of the American Indian, building collaborative relationships between the Smithsonian and tribal governments and communities, thereby encouraging my people to explore various means of expression through cultural building activities and community collaborative exhibits and events. I believe the aforementioned factors directly contribute to sustainable growth; increase livelihood and cultural pride; and empower people to strengthen their inner capacity, which fosters social and economic progress. As an intern for the town of gilbert, I am looking forward to building the necessary leadership, interpersonal, and public communication skills necessary to work with tribal governments, as well as understanding the dynamics of government relationships between local municipalities, state, federal, and tribal governments.

Prior to working for the Town of Gilbert, I finished a summer internship at the National Museum of the American Indian within the development office as the Native American Initiatives Intern. I have also worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington DC, National Archives and Records Administration in DC and Seattle, Pueblo Grande Museum, and the Salt River Elementary School. Before returning to ASU to pursue my undergraduate degree, I worked in film and theater as a costume designer.

Follow my experiences on my blog Here.

September is National Preparedness Month

ntl preparedness monthFEMA’s 2014 Ready campaign has kicked off and this year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”  I bet you’re thinking, “Arizona doesn’t have disasters- why bother?” As an Emergency Manager working in Arizona I hear this sentiment a lot, but let me share with you why being prepared, even in Arizona, is important.

On August 2, 2014, with little or no warning, Toledo, Ohio encountered a water crisis in which algae bloomed from Lake Erie causing nearly 400,000 people to be unable to use their water to drink, cook with or bathe for 3 days. This incident caused many great difficulties, as you can imagine. Business losses alone were estimated to be approximately $1.5 million. Toledo’s most prevalent local hazards are snow and flooding, and we have our own local hazards including extreme heat and flooding. This one took most of Toledo by surprise. That is the important point to remember. It was not scheduled or planned; it came as a surprise, like most emergencies.

You really don’t know when or where an emergency might strike. Speak to any Toledoan, and they will tell you the same. I am sure that most people could have never imagined their recent local crisis.

Simple preparedness activities like having food and water storage, a family communication plan and teaching your older children how to turn off the utilities to your home, are very simple but useful activities that you can do this month. Ensure you and your family are prepared for local emergencies.

If you want to learn more, visit FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov or follow @GilbertYourTown on Twitter where we will be providing useful tips all month long. Take action now to prepare!

Sheri Gibbons
Emergency Management Coordinator
Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department
Sheri.Gibbons@gilbertaz.gov

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