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, June 26, 2011

2011 CERT Invitational (Burbank, CA)

The Burbank Fire Department cordially welcomes your team to compete in the 2011 CERT Invitational.

This September 17, ten teams will execute high-intensity skills challenges based on the Citizen Corps CERT curricula. In this second-annual event, a mix of municipal and industry teams will compete to achieve the highest cumulative score over six distinctive stations:

Fire Suppression
Victim Triage and Casualty Collection Area
Search and Rescue Operations
Cribbing and Victim Extrication
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CERT comprehensive written exam

Each station is designed for six team members. Overall team size may range between a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of ten (10). All competing teams are required to provide an additional person that will be assigned to the overall event to assist with competition administration and logistics. All competing members are required to provide their own Personal Protective Equipment, though all operational materials will be furnished at each station.

General registration is now open and is handled online through the Eventbrite service:

Registration will remain open until all positions are filled. There is an entry fee of $50.00 for CERT teams from a city or county agency; $100.00 for business/industry ERT teams.

Ticket categories on registration page:

Municipal CERT Team
Business/Industry Team

Teams may pay by credit card or check. There is a nominal service fee charged by the registration website for credit card transactions. If your organization chooses to pay by check, when registering please click "show other payment options" under the "order now" button and a new button "pay offline" will appear. Click this option. Teams that withdraw before July 31, 2011 will be given a refund.

Additional information and regulations can be found at:

We'll see you in September!

Erik Day
2011 CERT Invitational Coordinator


Red Cross Class - Psychological First Aid

The Red Cross is offering a Psychological First Aid class - a disaster services class.

The class is free and there is no pre-requisite and is open to all.

It will run from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, July 9th immediately following the regular monthly Ojai Red Cross Meeting -- Arc Enrichment Center, 210 Canada Street, Ojai.

To sign up contact Kris Mannale at 987 1514 ext 320, or emailing him at mannalek@usa.redcross.org

Provide Kris with your address and phone number as he needs that for the signup registration process.