Email update: Responding to our drought emergency and more
I sent an email update on Wednesday about my recent work in Sacramento County. Join my email updates now so you don't miss any in the future!
Folsom Lake reached its lowest level in history on Saturday. I was in Sacramento County last week to get an update on this situation and to push for a more comprehensive approach to address our drought. My staff and I also attended several local events so I could hear directly from area residents like you.
Here’s a brief update on what we’re up to:
Responding to our drought emergency
Our drought is in its fourth year and Folsom Lake is now at its lowest level on record. Now more than ever, Californians, regardless of region or party, have to come together to respond to our drought emergency.
We need to address our drought in a comprehensive way. That means more water storage, conservation, and help for people who need it.
Please click here to learn more by watching my recent tour of Folsom Lake on CBS 13.
Increasing our water storage capacity is a critical part of addressing our drought. That’s why I support building the Sites reservoir. This will help us store more water in rainy years and take pressure off of Folsom Lake. I’m also supporting the Drought Relief and Resilience Act to ensure more emergency help for people who are being hurt by the drought, more conservation, and additional water storage.
If your family, farm, or small business is being hurt by the drought, please know that my office is here to help you. Our drought is about people, not politics.
Please click here to visit my Drought Relief web page to learn more. You may also call us at (916) 635 0505.
Honoring our Veterans
It was also Veterans Day last Wednesday, an important occasion to make sure we’re honoring our promises to our nation’s heroes.
I was happy to meet with several area Veterans throughout last week and have a chance to hear about the issues impacting them and their families. For instance, I was privileged to present a local Vietnam War Veteran with seven medals he had earned, including the Bronze Star for heroic achievement.
I was also pleased to visit the Atria Assisted Living Facility in Carmichael to see their new wall in honor of our veterans.
As a doctor who’s helped care for veterans, I’ve seen their sacrifices firsthand. Our Veterans deserve so much more than what they’ve been getting.
If you or someone you know is a local Veteran who needs help with benefits, health care, or another federal government problem, please contact my office. We’ve already helped local Veterans recover more than $1 million in backlogged benefits and services they were owed. We’d be honored to help you too.
Please call my office at (916) 635 0505 or visit bera.house.gov/helpforvets to learn more.
Have you gotten your flu shot yet?
It's that time of year again: flu season.
As a doctor and the former Chief Medical Officer of Sacramento County, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get your flu shot. Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect yourself and the ones you love from the flu.
That’s why I stopped by a local pharmacy in Elk Grove last week to get my flu shot and help raise awareness on this issue.
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, there’s still time. And remember - you can also help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands and by staying home if you are sick.
Please click here to learn more and to see where you can get your flu shot.
As always, I’m incredibly humbled and honored to work for you. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress