Welcome to Ojai Valley CERT




This blog provides information to those interested in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) activities in The Ojai Valley, CA. CERT works in partnership with OVARC (Ojai Valley Amateur Radio Club) which provides Ham Radio Communications - http://www.ovarc.org/.

http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert is a good place to begin learning about CERT. The fact is, immediately after a major disaster, each of us will be on our own while Emergency Services Personnel (Fire, Hospital, Police, Hospitals, etc) figure out what happened and how to respond. CERT teaches valuable self-preservation skills and empowers each of us to be of service to ourselves, family, neighborhood and community. By integrating CERT with Ham Radio, citizens can effectively communicate actionable information from the field to the Emergency Operations Center -- help will be on the way sooner.

Please check out the CERT Calendar & Map at the bottom of this web-page and sign our Guestbook (top right of page).

Ojai Valley (CERT, Ham Radio, Red Cross)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Decontamination Training at Ojai Hospital

On Friday May 23rd and Thursday August 21st, the Department of Ventura County Public Health will present a Decontamination Training (Mass Casualty/Medical Surge) at The Ojai Valley Community Hospital.

Further details will be made available closer to the event, but the major components will include:
-Incident Command
-START triage
-Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
-Decon Tents

Volunteers are invited to participate (simulating as victims) to aide in the exercise. The organizers will only be simulating decontamination, and the volunteers will not be required to disrobe or get wet. CERT students/graduates are encouraged to participate as it offers first-hand experience during a disaster and supports our First Responders in their training. During an actual disaster, CERT can provide community assistance which reduces the inevitable surge towards the hospital and medical centers.

Nancy Thompson, Operations Coordinator for The Ojai Valley Community Hospital, has been a big supporter of Ojai Valley CERT -- both by graduating from the program and for generously providing meeting space for our group.

Please contact Nancy at 805-640-2205 for more information. The Ojai Valley Community Hospital's web-site is: http://www.ojaihospital.org/