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 24, 2010

2010 Ojai OK! Drill - Various Pics

Picture take by Ray Smith (KI6VED)at Sarzotti park, at the completion of the OK drill.

Left to right: Virginia Rasch (KJ6BXX), Diana Bailey KI6VCN, Lou Torres, Jade Smith KI6VFQ, Jake Bailey KI6VCO

Lynn Haag standing out Vons Supermarket handing out signs.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Glenda making passionate delivery to Rotary Club

This is Glenda giving a spirited presentation to Rotary Club Ojai West about upcoming Ojai OK! Drill.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Check out Ojai Valley News - Fri 9/10, page 2

Novel way of advertising OK! Drill

This is one idea that Paul in Arbolada/Foothill is doing to advertise the OK! Drill.

We live on a street that has a lot of walkers so I put out this display and
have given away over 25 signs.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Creating Vigilant, Prepared, Resilient Communities for Homeland Security

This information sent to Ojai from Tom Fischer - Antelope Valley CERT.

The Regional Community Policing Institute-California and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department CERT Program is hosting the following Free Training.

Creating Vigilant, Prepared, Resilient Communities for
Homeland Security

October 5 – 6, 2010 (Tuesday & Wednesday)
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex
13000 Clarkdale Avenue, Norwalk, California 90650

Only with strong partnerships, enhanced networking capabilities, and organized
community infrastructures can United States' communities become vigilant,
prepared, and resilient in the war on terrorism and other events of national
significance. Whether security threats involve acts of terrorism or natural or
man-made disasters, a community's ability to become vigilant, prepared, and
resilient depends upon the efforts/partnerships of law enforcement,
governmental and non-governmental organizations, community members, and
tribal members who are adequately trained and equipped. With the continued
threat of terrorist attacks and other events of national significance, now more
than ever, it is incumbent on every U.S. citizen to not become a burden in times
of crisis.
This two-day course is designed to provide individuals, organizations,
communities, businesses, schools and public safety agencies with awarenesslevel
information that leads to creating vigilant, prepared, and resilient
communities for homeland security and events of national significance. This
interactive course includes classroom instruction, problem-based learning
strategies, and practical hands-on activities in topics that include:

The components of homeland security preparedness and response,
including terrorism and fear considerations
The elements of group dynamics, including team building, leadership
principles, and conflict resolution
Community responsibility and action planning

Please register at http://www.rcpi-ca.org/classreg/. For questions, contact the
Regional Community Policing Institute at 1-800-659-8985. There is no fee to
attend this course.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

CalTrans Signs advertising Ojai OK! Drill

Thanks to Ojai's Chief of Police Capt Chris Dunn, we have one of the best forms of advertising for the upcoming Ojai OK! Drill -- September 15th at 7PM.

For the second year in a row, two CalTrans Signs have been positioned at the foot of the Dennison Grade near Carne Road and the other by Casitas as Hwy 33 down-steps to 45 MPH.

The sign is advertising tuning to AM1610, so please do that for more information.