The following are informational links to the 2019 Niemann St. Engineering and Traffic Survey
The following are informational links to the 2019 Niemann St. Engineering and Traffic Survey
Recently, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig introduced and partnered with Yolo County first responders to implement Vitals™ (www.thevitalsapp.com). Vitals™ offers an invaluable resource to first responders by providing critical information about an individual’s specific needs and conditions in real-time enabling safer interactions and positive outcomes.
Read the Yolo County District Attorney's Office HERE
In conjunction with Vitals™, Winters Police Department is seeking to equip every Winters Police Department patrol vehicle and Winters Fire Department engine with a “Mental Health Toolkit” backpack to assist us in responding to persons with autism or other mental health issues. The backpack was created by Nick Rammer, a behavior analyst in the Sacramento area that works directly with kids effected by autism and mental health. Each backpack contains tools such as visuals, communication boards, stress relief items, distractors, and much more. Each bag costs approximately $50.00.
Returning Home After a Wildfire:
Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. The damage is often unknown until the homeowner returns days or weeks later. Before returning home ALWAYS check with officials before attempting to return to your home. Once home check for the following:
Find out more about what to do on the CalFire web page at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/post-wildfire/after-a-wildfire/
From Solano County:
Starting on Wednesday August 26th, 2020
Solano County residents impacted by wildfire who wish to learn the status of their property can call a new hotline started by the Solano County Office of Emergency Services.
The LNU Lightning Complex Fire has displaced thousands of residents and destroyed approximately 223 structures since it raced into Solano County late on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Since that time, Solano County OES has been working closely with CAL FIRE and PG&E to make areas of the fire zone safe. Many residents are still waiting for their neighborhood to be cleared for re-entry.
In the meantime, residents can call 784-1624. Solano County OES staff will inform residents to the best of their ability what the status of their property is. The hotline will be available until 9 p.m.
Solano County residents can also visit: Solanocountyrecovers.org. This site will provide you with information about the response and recovery efforts related to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire.
(additional information on their web page at (https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20200824/applying-fema-disaster-assistance)
If you were impacted by the on-going wildfires in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo counties, you may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Grants may help eligible survivors with financial assistance that include rent, home repair, home replacement and other disaster-related needs such as childcare, medical and dental expenses.
Before you apply, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage. Take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts related to home repair.
If you have uninsured or underinsured losses, contact FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov, download the FEMA app and register on your smartphone or tablet, or call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
Be prepared with the following information:
Social Security Number
Insurance policy information
Address of the damaged primary dwelling
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
Current mailing address
Current telephone number
Total household annual income
Routing and account number of your checking or savings account (for direct transfer to your bank account)
After registering, create an account to check the status of your application, view messages from FEMA, update your personal information, and upload important documents.
If you are unable to upload your documents, mail them to FEMA at P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD, 20782-8055 or fax them to 800-827-8112.
If you have any questions, you please contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). For TTY call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), please call 800-621-3362.
Donation Information for the City of Winters:
In collaboration with the City of Winters, CA, the Winters Chamber of Commerce as well as several local businesses and community organizations, the Rotary Club of Winters will be collecting cash, check, and gift card donations to be distributed to those in the greater Winters area that were impacted by the fire. All donations are tax deductible.
Physical donation points are set up around town. Locations include: Buckhorn Steakhouse, Pacific Ace Hardware, Steady Eddy’s,Turkovich Wines, Berryessa Gap Tasting Room on Main Street ,and First Northern Bank.
Donations can also be made online from the Rotary Club of Winters Facebook page or in person at any First Northern Bank location.
Checks can also be mailed to Rotary Club of Winters Foundation, P.O. Box 565, Winters, CA 95694 (checks should be made to Rotary Club of Winters Foundation)
The following information can help impacted families keep track of resources, shelter, and local conditions relating to the LNU Lightning complex fires, please see the links/information below:
Emergency Alerts are available from your emergency jurisdictions by email, phone, and text by signing up: To opt-in to receive emergency messages in Yolo County, visit: www.Yolo-Alert.org. If your address is in Solano County (south of Putah Creek) emergency messaging including evacuation warnings or orders will be sent via Alert Solano, visit: www.alertsolano.com.
Information on individual fires, including evacuation orders and shelter locations, can be found on the CALFIRE web page https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/18/lnu-lightning-complex-includes-hennessey-gamble-15-10-spanish-markley-13-4-11-16/ Public Information Line 707-967-4207
In Yolo County For more information, see: https://www.yolocounty.org/current-emergencies.
In Solano County If you have questions related to the LNU Lightning Fire evacuation in Solano County, please call (707) 784-1634 or (707) 784-1635. For more information, see: http://solanocounty.com/depts/oes/evacuation_information.asp
Local Conditions/ Information
Our partners at California Highway Patrol have their radio traffic https://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx, be sure to choose Sacramento or Golden Gate under communication centers.
Road closures and maps can be accessed through CalTrans https://roads.dot.ca.gov/
Keep track of weather conditions that may impact your area including wind and flood events https://www.weather.gov/sto/
Monitor air quality in the area https://www.ysaqmd.org/
Local maps, road closures, and shelter information during an emergency can be tracked locally by following local social media pages such as: City of Winters, Winters Police Department, and Winters Fire Department
In case of an emergency, how will I be notified of evacuation information?
There are currently NO evacuation orders for addresses within the City limits of Winters. Addresses in the City of Winters are in Evacuation Zone 59. Primary evacuation routes are State Highway 128 (Grant Ave) and County Road 89 (Railroad Ave).
Know your evacuation zone in Yolo County by typing in your address at
Know your evacuation zone in Solano County by typing in your address at
What is the difference between an advisory and a mandatory evacuation?
Please remember emergencies are unpredictable and the time frame between an advisory and a mandatory evacuation can change quickly depending on local conditions, and/or if access to the community is compromised. Remember, you do not have to wait for an evacuation notice. If at any time you feel like your family needs to evacuate the area, you may do so.
Emergency notifications will utilize a wide variety of mediums including but not limited to:
Evacuation information regarding animals will be coordinated with the Yolo County Animal Shelter (530) 668-5287. Having your pets micro-chipped with updated contact information and including vaccination certificates for your animals in your disaster kits before an emergency is highly encouraged.
What should I have in an emergency kit?
Emergency kits should be in airtight plastic bags or two easy-to-carry sealed containers such as plastic bins with a locking lid. You can make your own or buy a kit ready-made. Recommended items include but are not limited to:
Pacific Gas and Electric Company sent out a press release that rotating power outages are likely to occur this afternoon and evening.
Rotating Outages in Winters are expected:
EARLIEST OUTAGE START TIME 5:00 pm
ESTIMATED RESTORATION TIME 8:00 pm
Please conserve energy until 10 pm if possible.
Several residents have called to advise of smoke through out Winters.
The #HennesseyFire is near Lake Hennessey which is located at State Highway 128/ Sage Canyon Road and Chiles Pope Valley Road in Napa County. For more information, please follow the CalFire link at https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/17/hennessey-fire/
The #GambleFire: is on the northwest end of Lake Berryessa which is located at Berryessa Knoxville Road, west of Brook. For more information, please follow the Cal Fire link at https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/17/gamble-fire/
For more information on emergency notifications for these fires, please follow the Napa County Sheriff Office and CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit on social media or enable emergency alerts for the area through emergency notification services on Nixle or Everbridge.
Information and resource web pages relating to COVID-19
Information and resources regarding COVID-19 countywide can be found on the Yolo County Health and Human Services dedicated web site HERE. For additional updates and daily briefings follow Yolo County on Facebook HERE or on Twitter HERE. For a press release regarding state testing sites in Yolo County, please click HERE.
Information and resources regarding COVID-19 statewide can be found on the State of California Corona Virus web site HERE
Information and resources regarding COVID-19 nationwide can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page HERE
City of Winters Information
A list of COVID-19 related resources for the Winters Business Community can be found on the City of Winters web page HERE
A list of open businesses can be found on the City of Winters web page HERE
Instructions on how to virtually participate in City Council meetings can be found on the City of Winters web page HERE
Weekly updates (each Friday) from the City Manager can be found on the City of Winters web page HERE
Please note, the following City-run facilities/ public counters are open. Customers must wear masks to enter the facilities and follow social distancing rules.
Public Safety Facility Reception Area
Playground areas in Public Parks
The Bobbi Greenwood Swim Center
1. Please pre-register for your one-hour time slot to swim each day. All swim times are available on the hour. No un-registered swimmers will be permitted inside the pool area. Registration will be available on the City of Winters website (www.cityofwinters.org)
2. Payment will need to be made online, upon registration.
3. Waiver of liability MUST be completed in order to participate.
4. Payment is accepted for each one hour of swim time. Participants will be limited to one lap swim session per day.
5. One person is permitted to swim per lane.
6. Lap swim times are divided by age. The swim time of 2:45-3:45 pm is strictly for ages 12-15 and the rest of the swim times are strictly for ages 16 and older.
7. Please bring your own equipment with you.
8. We ask that you bring your belongings with you to the pool deck and do not leave anything inside the restroom. Baskets will be placed at the end of each lane for swimmers to use for their personal belongings.
9. Restrooms will not be accessible for use as a changing room, and swimmers must come dressed and ready to swim. Only one person will be allowed to use the restroom at a time.
10. Swimmers will enter the pool at opposite ends to maintain as much social distancing as possible.
11. Swimming sessions will end 5 minutes before the end of the reserved hour in order to clear the pool area and allow for staff to clean. All swimmers must exit through the exit gate door by the bleachers.
12. Use of the shallow end by swimmers with reservations must be cleared with the COVID coordinator, and only one person is permitted to use it at a time.
13. All swimmers and staff will be required to wear a face covering when not in the pool or the shower, and to maintain a minimum of six feet of social distancing. If you feel a little off, please stay home that day and return to the pool when you’re better.
Staff have written detailed protocols to meet Yolo County guidance and protocols for lap swim in the age of COVID-19, they are available on the City’s website. Please read the protocols before using the pool. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Tafolla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, the following City-run facilities have been closed until further notice.
Yolo County Shelter in place order has been allowed to expire, County residents still are required to follow the State of California stay at home order
Effective 05-28-2020, Yolo County has issued a new health order in effect until further notice that extinguishes the local Shelter In Place order and:
Since the local Shelter In Place order is terminated, Yolo County residents will still need to comply with the State of California’s Stay At Home order and are prohibited from reopening businesses that have not been approved by the State and local Health Officer. A full press release from Yolo County can be found HERE.
Resources regarding the shelter in place order can be found on the Yolo County Corona Virus shelter in place information page found HERE. The web page includes frequently asked questions, a shelter in place 101 document, translated documents, previous press releases, and information regarding definitions such as “essential business.”
Yolo County has created an interactive shelter in place feedback portal to ask questions or share concerns found HERE
Yolo County Roadmap to Recovery (R2R) (To access click HERE)
The Roadmap to Recovery is “a proposed strategy to chart a path forward through COVID-19 that is fluid and gradual, continues to protect public health, and allows the County and cities to begin reopening various businesses and organizations.” Yolo County has provided a matrix showing which activities/ items have been opened/released (with social distancing and face-covering), low, medium, and high-risk activities.
The latest information regarding activities allowed to resume can be found HERE. Following the acceptance of the attestation submitted by Yolo County; several activities are allowed to resume as long as they 1) follow State and/or County guidelines, 2) adhere to the County’s face covering order; 3) comply with strict social distancing protocols:
Yolo County COVID-19 Dashboard (To access the dashboard click HERE)
The dashboard provides the number of COVID-19 cases in Yolo County along with additional demographic information. The information is available for the county as a whole and also broken down by area. To change the area please choose from the drop-down menu on the right-hand top corner of the dashboard titled filter by area, the information is updated once a day at 5 pm. The numbers for the City of Winters include the unincorporated areas of Yolo County and the populations of communities in Brooks, Capay, Clarksburg, Dunnigan, Esparto, Guinda, Rumsey, Yolo, and Zamora.
Current Health Recommendations
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
The State of California has updated the information regarding the use of face masks which can be found HERE.
From the Yolo County Health Order: the CDC, CDPH, and the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency now believes that wearing a face covering, when combined with the physical distancing of at least 6 feet and frequent hand washing, may reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus when in public and engaged in Essential Activities. And because it is not always possible to maintain at least 6 feet of distance, face coverings are important in many situations, including when in public, at work, while engaging in Essential Activities, and all other times when others are nearby.
For clarity, although wearing a face covering is one tool for reducing the spread of the virus, doing so is not a substitute for sheltering in place, a physical distancing of at least 6 feet, and frequent hand washing.
The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. They should be laundered frequently and discarded when misshapen or damaged.
There is no evidence that shows wearing a face covering will prevent you from getting COVID-19.
To learn more about Cloth Face Coverings and get step by step instructions on how to make them at home, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page HERE
Recently, the City of Winters experienced a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles and a stolen vehicle report. Each of these cases (6 in total) involved unlocked vehicles. Items taken included wallets and assorted cash; all appeared to be crimes of opportunity involving items left in plain sight. The thefts have occurred throughout the city regardless if the vehicle was parked in a driveway or on the street.
One resident was able to provide video from a home security camera (a photo from the video clip of the subject is below). We are asking residents on the following streets to check their cameras for activity between 10 pm on Sunday, February 9th to 6 am on Monday, February 10th: Main St, East Main St, Creekside Way, Red Bud Ln, Anderson Ave, and Riverview Ct. Any information regarding suspicious persons in your neighborhood can be reported anonymously by calling 530-795-4561.
The Winters Police Department reminds residents that leaving vehicles unlocked and items visible in your vehicle provides an opportunity for thieves to enter your vehicle and take your possessions with little effort.
To help prevent theft always:
• Park in a well-lighted area, if possible
• Lock your vehicle always and activate the security system
• Never leave valuables, including firearms, in your vehicle
• Secure all items from view. If it can be seen, it can be stolen
• Report any suspicious activity to Winters Police at 530-795-4561 for non-emergency. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.
Always remembering to “REMOVE IT, LOCK IT, OR LOSE IT” reduces your chance of being the next victim.
Media inquiries: 530-795-2261
I am honored to name Officer Pinette as the Winters Police Department Officer of the Year 2020.
His nomination read in part: Officer Pinette has been an Officer with the Winters Police Department since 2014. He is an FTO, on the Bicycle Enforcement Team, a Cadet Adviser, a Taser Instructor, a Firearms Instructor and the Narcan Liaison with Yolo County Emergency Medical Services.
Officer Pinette oversees the Winters Police Department Cadet program. He volunteers his time to help train and mentor several youth members of our community. He directs the program and schedules the Cadets to assist the Department with special events. Due to Officer Pinette’s selfless gift of his time and resources, Officer Pinette was nominated for the Meritorious Service Ribbon.
On July 21, 2019, Officer Pinette along with two other Officers administered CPR and placed the AED electrodes during a medical emergency. Through the direct actions taken by Officer Pinette and his direction to other Officers on scene, Officer Pinette was nominated for the Lifesaving Award. Officer Pinette comes to work excited to be a member of our organization and is upbeat and happy. His positive attitude contributes well to our Department and his pride comes through when he speaks to members of our community.
Officer Pinette has shown that he is committed to our Department and sets a high example of what all our employees should strive to be.