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, August 29, 2010

Contribute ideas to DHS on Preparedness


3rd Annual Ojai OK! Drill - Weds Sept 15th 7PM

The 3rd Annual Ojai OK! Drill is happening this year on Wednesday, Sept 15th at 7PM.

Ojai Valley CERT will be distributing yellow OK Signs in the weeks leading up to the drill. You can also get the signs from the Ojai Library and Ojai Valley Fire Stations. Note: If you're having difficulties finding a sign, email to ojaivalleycert@gmail.com.

We're asking Citizens to review the Emergency Preparedness Information on the reverse side and then post the sign in a street-facing window at 7PM. Please leave the sign up overnight.

Ojai Valley CERT and various other groups (Ham Radio, Red Cross) will search throughout the Ojai Valley to locate and count signs.

The objective is to utilize Incident Command Procedures and Ham Radio Operators to aggregate all counts and roll-up the results to the Ojai EOC (Emergency Operations Center at Ojai Police Department)within 1 hour. We look forward to collaborating this year with other CERT Groups within the County and out-of-state.

Please go to http://okdrill.org for more details.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ojai Valley CERT wins a prize from HealthyCityVC

I submitted, on behalf of Ojai Valley CERT, to HealthyCity (www.healthycityvc.org) and won!!! Check out the web-site. This is a great tool for sharing your story and using map overlays to create a visual picture of your project's jurisdiction.

Share and Connect!

Congratulations to the winners of our Tell My Story drawing! Like many of you out there, they have a story to share about the great work they are doing - from building community collaboratives that aim to improve health outcomes to initiatives that tackle statewide issues. Healthy City will provide one-on-one technical assistance to these winning organizations to help them tell their story in the Share & Connect room:

California WALKS - a project that works statewide to improve pedestrian safety by mentoring local groups and working to educate, encourage and empower community residents by providing community-based pedestrian safety skill building and advocacy workshops.

Ojai OK! Drill - a dynamic Communications exercise held annually in the Ojai Valley for Emergency Preparedness.

The South LA Best Babies Collaborative - a collaborative of five agencies, The SLABBC provides Case Management, Health Education and Social Support groups for low-income pregnant and parenting women.

How do I create a Story?
It's not too late for you to tell YOUR story. In our last Healthy City E-blast, we announced the newly available technology on HealthyCity.org that enables you to share your organization's story in a dynamic and visual way to encourage action and strengthen advocacy efforts. You can create a story that describes your project or initiative using any or all of the following elements:

- PDFs and reports
- Maps
- Charts
- Videos, Photo
- Links to resources
- Message boards...and more!

To help get you started...

The Healthy City User Guide: Refer to the updated Healthy City User Guide for step-by-step instructions on telling your story.

Hands-on Training: If you're in the Los Angeles area, attend our Advanced hands-on training at The California Endowment on August 20th from 9:30 am - 2 pm. To register, email SUlrickson@advanceproj.org . Check out a full description of the training session and see other opportunities on our new Training Calendar!

Recorded Webinars: Watch and listen to our recorded webinars. View the Introductory Training webinar if you're just getting started, then check out the Advanced Training webinar and Map like the wind!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fun pictures from 2008 Golden Guardian Exercise

Anne's pet Chihuahua (Izzy) was officially inducted into Red Cross & CERT.

Izzy listening to instructions from the IC (Anne) -- Managing by Objectives:

Izzy performing an end-to-end check on a victim.

Izzy doing one last in-building search before clearing the building.

Izzy in standard canine Search & Rescue PPE (Personal/Pet Protective Equipment):