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)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ojai Valley CERT (Oak View) hosting guest speaker - Jolene Hoffman

This Monday, March 1, will be the Oak View CERT meeting with Jolene Hoffman, Director of the Ojai Humane Society. She will be speaking to us about "How to be Prepared For Your Pets During an Emergency". Bring yourself, friends or family who might be interested in this subject.

Where: Oak View Park and Resource Center,
555 Mahoney Avenue
Multi-Purpose Room
When: March 1 from 7 - 8PM

There will be a short meeting, for those who are interested, on an update about the triage kit, etc. after the presentation by Jolene Hoffman.

Congratulations to the latest graduating CERT class which occurred today. They were all great sports in participating during the rainy weather.

Welcome to the Oak View CERT!
Pam Edwards
Joanne Roberts
Audrey Herbison
Dana DeYoung

See you there.

Kathy Miller
Oak View CERT Coordinator

Popular Mechanics article - Disasers (Lessons Learned)

Interesting series of articles from Popular Mechanics Magazine.

It's always useful to understand the detail of past disasters so you can learn what to prepare for the future.

Popular Mechanics

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CERT Training Available in Ventura Harbor (April/May 2010)

There will be a CERT Class in Ventura Harbor in April or May. If you are missing one or more sessions from previous CERT Trainings, you are welcome to attend just those sessions or all the sessions.

You will be contacted for a date and time of classes. Please email Scott Miller (smiller@venturaharbor.com). You might also email Scott your preference as to which night of the week is best for you. Classes usually begin at 6:30pm for 3 hrs.

Residents and employees/business owners within Ventura Harbor will be given priority placement in the class if more sign up than there are spaces

We appreciate the efforts of Harbormaster Scott Miller and Fire Marshall Brian Clark for making this possible.

Lynn Mikelatos