NBC4 Southern California hosted a community event in Riverside at Central Middle School on July 10, 2014to discuss the impact of the drought and fires on the region, issues the station has covered extensively for many years.
NBC4 reporters are on the ground and in the air across Southern California focusing on the dire effect both issues have on the environment, residents, agriculture and public resources.
More than 325 members of the community and public officials attended to discuss ways we can can all conserve water and prepare when fires occur.
NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman and Meteorologist Crystal Egger along with Inland Empire Bureau Chief Tony Shin and Reporter Patrick Healy lead the conversation with the community.
Experts included Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins, Tim Barr from Western Municipal Water District, Andy Wilson from the Riverside County Farm Bureau and several others.
Riverside Mayor Pro Tem Jim Perry presented NBC4 with a Certificate of Acknowledgement for the station's commitment to the local community.
NBC4 donated $5,000 to the Riverside County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Fund to provide support to firefighters and their families during times of need.
In addition, NBC4 also donated $5,000 to Central Middle School's Arts, Innovation and Choices program that integrates technology and the arts in education.