September 8, 2020

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VIDEO DESCRIPTION:  Deaf Interpreter, Romduol Ngov, a Khmer genderfluid person with short black hair, wearing a dark blue shirt, sitting in front of a black background, looking at the camera.

IMAGE DESCRIPTIONS: [top corner] WHITE TEXT: September 8th, 2020

[bottom corner] WHITE TEXT: This video made possible with the support of: below White text is the GLAD logo in green/blue. GLAD block letters, above is GLAD in fingerspelled white font and next to GLAD is Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.

TRANSCRIPT:

IMAGE DESCRIPTIONS: [top corner]

Picture of Governor Gavin Newsom, a white man with dark grey hair and wearing a black suit and tie with a white shirt. He is standing in front of the American flag and a blue flag with the letters Cal O visible.

Picture of Dr. Mark Ghaly, a bald-headed white man with transparent white glasses. He is standing in front of a tree and is smiling and looking at the camera. Dr. Ghaly is wearing a grey suit, white shirt, and a red and grey tie. Underneath the pictures, white text: Governor Gavin Newsom and Dr. Mark Ghaly

[bottom corner] WHITE TEXT: This video made possible with the support of: below White text is the GLAD logo in green/blue. GLAD block letters, above is GLAD in fingerspelled white font and next to GLAD is Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.

DEAF INTERPRETER: Hello, my name is Romdoul and today’s interpretation will include the information given from both, Governor Newsom and Dr. Ghaly, during the press conference given on September 8th. The press conference covered three things, which are the wildfires, electricity and COVID-19 update.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: There are three images. On the left are burning trees. In the middle is a light bulb with a small tree in the middle. On the right is the coronavirus cell, a grey sphere with red spikes.

 

DEAF INTERPRETER: The press conference covered three things, which are the wildfires, electricity and COVID-19 update.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Multiple trees overwhelmed with large fires.

 

First, the wildfire. It is very, very serious and there are multiple fires that are impacting the entire state of California, in many different areas.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A large plane dumps red fire retardant.

 

Many firefighters have been sent to different areas. They are using water hoses, fire trucks, planes that dump fire deterrents. They are working incredibly hard to keep the fire as contained as possible. Fires continue to grow, and containment is happening but it is difficult. Research has been done into trying to figure out why or how so many fires have started. One major reason it is so difficult to contain the fire is because plants and trees are dry and sun-baked. It is easy for fires to start in areas like that.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A thick bolt of lightning strikes a tree. There is no rain.

 

Other times wildfires start because lightning struck and ignited a flame. Sometimes research has also shown that fires are caused by people’s carelessness, or accidents. For example, one of the causes of a fire was a recent gender reveal party.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A large explosion of blue smoke in a dry field.

 

A gender reveal is where people find out whether the baby is a boy or a girl. At this party, a firework was used. The intention was to create a large puff of blue or pink smoke, but it sparked a fire that raged out of control. Firefighters responded and are working hard to contain the fire. Now we are more aware of how fires start. Scientists have also done additional research.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: clip art image of Earth with a face in the middle. That face has sweat droplets near the eyes on land masses and wavy orange lines radiating from the top of the Earth. It’s tongue is sticking out and in the background is a radiating yellow colored area.

 

Research into global warming. That research says that global warming is indeed real and is having such an impact it is changing our planet. The sun is hotter and temperatures are rising on earth, reaching numbers that have never been seen before.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A grey cloud blows a hard gust of wind onto burning trees. Three red arrows show the fire spreading in the direction of the wind.

 

Another thing that research has shown us is that global warming is causing high speed winds. Those high speed winds are severely impacting our firefighting efforts because the wind is spreading the fire faster than we can put out. These are major concerns and we are constantly making plans and adjusting them according to what is currently happening at those times. We deploy our firefighters, fire retardant spreading planes, and other equipment to fight the fires burning in California.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: White rectangle with clip art image at top hands with soap with orange text: Wash. Second image down is a face with brown hair and blue mask with blue text: Mask. Third image down is the outline of a blue spray bottle with orange text: Clean.  Fourth image at bottom is the image of a woman standing with long dark hair and blue clothes and a light blue arrow in front of her with blue text: 6 Feet

 

Now, with coronavirus, we are also being as cautious as we can – offering support, reminding people to wear their masks, stay home, wash their hands, and to be careful. We are more aware now, and 2020 has been quite a year.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A red, white and blue helicopter airlifts a person.

 

I want to thank the brave pilots who repeatedly flew over and landed in dangerous active fire areas to airlift civilians who were trapped. Thank you so much for saving our people!

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: On the left is the state of California with multiple fires symbols spread over it. In the middle is a large fire. On the right is a ¾ shaped map of America with Delaware magnified.

 

There are many fires that are burning in California, but did you know that if you were to merge all of the fires into one massive fire,  the size of it would be bigger than the state of Delaware! That’s mind-boggling! This year, 2020, holds the historical record for the largest area burned. The year of 2019 was nothing compared to this year. Please be careful! We are doing our best to send firefighters and equipment to control and contain these fires, which will not last forever. We will eventually contain and put out the fires.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A glowing green lightbulb with a small tree in the middle

 

The next topic I want to discuss is electricity. These days with coronavirus and all the smoke in the air causing poor air quality it is more important than ever to stay safe and stay home.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A glowing orange light bulb next to the planet earth, who has arms and legs and is smiling, pointing to a light switch that has the words “On” and “Off”

 

Stay indoors and breathe easy. However, that also leads to an increase in electricity use. The amount of people using electricity by staying home, watching television, using electricity to cook, to charge your mobile phone, varied uses – the amount used is far beyond the norm, day and night. I also urge you to be conscious about how much electricity you use everyday. These actions use up the state’s energy sources and it is important to reduce and conserve electricity usage. For example, turn off the lights when it is daytime or when you leave a room. If you don’t need the lights on in a room, please turn it off. Energy is not infinite and can be maximized. You know, for example when you charge your phone, where does that electricity come from?

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Top image: Rolling brown hills with several large wind turbines. The turbines are extraordinarily tall. It is shaped like a very long straw with three large panels that spin when it is windy.

 

You know those wind turbines, the white columns that have fans on top and spin when the wind is blowing? Those spinning fans create electricity that is then funneled into the ground and into the charging cord that energizes your phone.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Large black rectangles with countless grey lines are low to the ground and slanted. Rolling hills make up the background of this image.

 

Also, you know those long black panels that are solar panels? Those solar panels convert the sun into electricity. That electricity that is then funneled into the ground and into the charging cord that energizes your phone.

 

Bottom image: A large slate colored concrete dam with five openings. Water gushes out of these openings at an incredibly high speeds and crashes into calm blue water.

 

Also you know those spinning wheels in the water, that running water generates electricity as well. That electricity from the running water is then funneled into the charging cord that energizes your phone. Those three things are examples of how we can generate electricity – there are many different ways but when the whole state of California is using energy, that drains our battery quicker than normal, and our battery becomes drained. Those three things I mentioned do energize our battery but at a very slow rate. The wind is not always reliable. When the wind stops blowing, those windmills stop spinning, and our electricity generated from those windmills stops as well. This is also true for the solar panels – when the sun has set and it is night – full dark – there is no electricity generated by those solar panels. Those solar panels could also be blocked by clouds or by smoke from all of our fires. OUr water sources are also not very reliable. The water level could drop and that would lead to a decrease in how much electricity is generated by our water wheels. With those different causes – we need to be aware and conserve what energy we do have currently. At this time we do have a full battery but with our increased usage that battery is being drained and I want to warn everyone – we need to conserve our energy. If we do not conserve our energy, people and cities throughout California could have their power shut off.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A person uses their index finger to turn off the light switch

 

If you don’t want that to happen, please conserve energy. If we all make energy saving efforts, the risk of power shut offs are reduced. There might be a few areas that have their power temporarily shut off for short periods. The whole state of California wouldn’t be at risk of having their power turned off. Be aware and conserve energy.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: The coronavirus cell, a grey sphere with many red spikes

 

Finally, we move onto updates with the COVID-19. I am aware that some of you are still confused by the four color coding system, which are purple, red, orange and yellow.

 

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Four rows of color bars. Top row is purple with images skull/bones  (three) and stop sign with hand in middle (two). Second row is red with an exclamation point (!) inside a triangle (two) and stop sign with hand in middle (one).  Third row is orange with thumbs up sign (two) and exclamation point (!) inside a triangle (one). Fourth row is yellow with happy face sign (two) and thumbs up (one)

 

If you looked up the area where you live, and you see that your county is still assigned the color purple, you might wonder what’s taking so long to move down to red. In Sacramento, where I am now, I looked up my county on Tuesday, which is when the new numbers are entered and information is updated, and saw that Sacramento is still purple. Still hasn’t been moved into the red category – be aware and continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands.

 

Hopefully the following week, my county will move down from purple, which is bad because it means coronavirus is still widespread in the community, to red, which is less often seen in the community. Orange means even less people in the county have coronavirus and yellow means only a few people in the county have coronavirus. It is important to stay patient and wait 1, 2, or even 3 weeks and check the website again to see if the number of coronavirus infected people have gone down. If coronavirus is still widespread, the county stays in the purple. If the coronavirus situation has improved, the county will be moved down to “red”. In another few weeks, hopefully we will get down to orange, which would be good. It takes about 3 weeks to see a change. Sometimes we go from purple to red, which is exciting, but then we get back up to purple, which is disappointing.

 

Some people may be confused because their county is “purple”, which means people need to stay home and quarantine, yet many businesses remain open. This is confusing for some. Allow me to explain. Research has been done and regulations have been established. Businesses such as grocery stores and hair salons have agreed to limit the number of people allowed inside. It cannot be crowded. Businesses must control the number of people indoors at all times and they know how many people can be inside and will evict people if the number is too high. These businesses have agreed to follow the state laws and because they agreed, we’ve allowed them to remain open, even if the county is “purple”. They also must enforce mask-wearing, social distancing, and sanitizing measures. Large crowds are not allowed but if you find yourself in a large crowd, it is important to put on your mask and stay at least six feet away from others whenever possible.

 

Thank you.

 

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