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, July 31, 2009

In Case of Emergency Blog - worth reviewing

Check out this Blog -- tons of great info within it on Personal Preparedness.


Ojai OK Drill -- Weds, Oct 14th at 7PM

It's on again!!!

The Ojai OK Drill is set for Wednesday, October 14th, starting at 7PM. Counting completes by 8PM with a radio communication completed by 8:30PM. Our goal last year was 250 and we counted 700. This year, the goal is 1400 signs counted.

Please go to: http://okdrill.blogspot.com for more details. Twitter: OKDRILL

If you are a member of CERT and are needing clarification, or to be put in touch with your local coordinator, please reach out to me.

Paul Garth

Head of FEMA commenting on Personal Preparedness

FEMA Head Says Personal Preparedness “Must Be National Priority”; Requires “Considerable National Attention” — “Every Elected And Appointed Official At Every Level of Government Must Make It A Priority”

Pretty clear directive from head of FEMA -- Craig Fugate.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Great Southern California Shakeout (Oct 15th)

Get Ready to ShakeOut!

At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2009, millions of Californians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill ever!

Now is the best time to register, so that you have time to plan your drill. If you participated in the 2008 drill, we hope that you will register again to practice how to be safe during earthquakes, improve your disaster plans, and get prepared. To see which organizations are already participating in your area, visit your county’s web page on http://www.shakeout.org.

Over 5.4 million southern Californians participated in the 2008 ShakeOut. As a statewide drill in 2009, this number could be doubled! But we can only count you as a part of the ShakeOut if you register at www.shakeout.org/register. As of July 15th, nearly 2.7 million participants are registered statewide.

There are many ways to participate in the ShakeOut in 2009. At the least, plan a "drop, cover, and hold on" drill involving everyone in your organization or business. Or you can exercise your full emergency plan. The updated ShakeOut.org is the central source of information for how to participate, regional earthquake hazards, and local events, news, and participant lists for all California counties.

Everyone can participate! Individuals, families, businesses, schools, government agencies and organizations are all invited to register. Your involvement in the ShakeOut insprires many others to register and hold their own drills. Please encourage others to follow your lead.

If you were a registered participant in 2008, you can log in with your access code and simply update your information. You can request your access code if you have forgotten it.

Register today at http://www.shakeout.org!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

VCFD web-site with slick CERT info & video

Take a look at the Ventura County Fire Department web-site. It's displaying a loop of the "People Like You" CERT DVD.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

CERT Supplies - Online Store

At the recent July 4th Ojai Parade, one of our CERT members was sporting a CERT ballcap and t-shirt.

Checkout http://www.cert-kits.com/ for more details.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ojai Valley CERT marches in Ojai July 4th Parade -- and wins a prize!

(Photo Courtesy of Steve Adams)

The Ojai Valley CERT marched in Ojai's July 4th Parade, in series with Ojai Valley Amateur Radio Club and American Red Cross. Everybody had a great time and the numbers were a noticeable increase from last year. We found that twirling the Neighborhood banners was a crowd pleaser, so will continue efforts next year with CERT pom poms. Along with an increase in marchers, we also proudly towed the City of Ojai's Mass Casualty Unit Trailer.

I had placed our entry this year for judging, and... WE WON!!! First Place Category Winners Section (Marching/Walking).

Thank you to all who participated and cheered us on.