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)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

6th Ojai Valley CERT class begins 9/24/08

On Wednesday 9/24/08, Sean Kellythorne and Paul Garth welcomed the 6th Ojai Valley CERT class (sponsored by Ventura County District Supervisor Steve Bennett) on the first day of their training (6 Wednesday evenings and 1 Saturday morning Final Drill).

The class was PACKED! -- I was really impressed with the turnout.

Capt Steve Lazenby (Santa Paula Fire Department) is the CERT instructor and was busy handing out materials -- I'm sure he was happy not having to lug it home after.

Sean and Paul's introductory remarks included: summary of the 9/17/08 Ojai OK Drill where nearly 700 signs within Ojai Valley were counted and communicated to the Fire Department within 1 hour; the front-page Ojai Valley News Article on 9/24; an appreciation for everyone's time and committment to take CERT class; a heads-up that Ojai Valley Amateur Radio Club will present Radio Communications on the 4th CERT class; and finally that CERT graduates and Ham Radio Operators will be on-hand to assist at the final Saturday Drill.