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, September 18, 2009

CERT Volunteers needed for Ojai Day -- October 17th, 2009

Mid October is going to be a busy month...

October 14th at 7PM is Ojai OK! Drill -- http://okdrill.org

October 15th at 10:15AM is Great American Shakeout -- http://shakeout.org

October 17th all day is Ojai Day -- http://www.ojaiday.com/index.htm

The Ojai Valley Triad (CERT, Ham Radio and Red Cross) are going to be grouped together for this event.

We are looking for CERT Grads to be willing to spend some time at the booth talking about CERT, and also assisting with Ham Radio and Red Cross.

Please email ojaivalleycert@gmail.com to let me know your availability.



Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Inciweb - Incident Information System

InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. The system was developed with two primary missions:

1. Provide the public a single source of incident related information
2. Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community

A number of supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources. This ensures that the information regarding active incidents is consistent, and the delivery is timely.

Please visit this very informative site at: http://www.inciweb.org/

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Certainly CERT Refresher Training - Sign-up!!!

Certainly CERT Refresher Training

Operation Certainly CERT, our first ever countywide CERT drill, will put 250 Ventura County CERT (including Ojai Valley CERT) members to the test in a full day series of exercises in each of the 4 CERT core competencies: fire suppression; search and rescue; simple triage; and rapid treatment. Several Ojai Valley CERT members have put a considerable amount of effort into the planning of this drill being held by Ventura County. I will be in charge of the "Cribbing & Lifting" exercise and am looking forward to seeing a great turnout.

Register *NOW* to reserve your place in this unprecedented event slated for Saturday, November 7, 2009, at the Ventura County Fire Department Headquarters Training Facility at the Camarillo Airport.

Pre-registration for the first 20 Ojai Valley CERT members is open *NOW* on the VCFD/CERT web page:

Participation will be limited to the first 250 people. To help equalize regional participation, each of the 10 Ventura County CERT regions will be allowed time *NOW* to pre-register up to 20 local participants.

Once our alotted 20 Ojai Valley slots are filled, anyone else who wants to take part will be invited to apply again beginning August 31, when registration will be open to general CERT membership on a first- come- first- served basis to fill any remaining spaces.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can register at any time.

A liability waiver and photo release forms will accompany registration. Please print, sign, and bring them with you to check-in the morning of the event. Instructional handouts, schedule, and a map will also be available from the site soon.

For more information, call Alexander (389-9722) or Ramona Armijo (910-9585) of Ventura County CERT.

Register *NOW* on the VCFD/CERT web page: