Interested in joining OMVNA CERT?
OMVNA CERT is a volunteer group of over 50 Local Coordinators and Radio People which helps our neighborhood (and ourselves) prepare for and endure local disasters. We show neighbors how to prepare, to put aside 3-5 days of food, water, and key supplies for their household adults, children, & pets. During a disaster we can assist with neighborhood damage assessments, light fire supression, basic search and rescue and communication via GMRS radios. Our HAM radio operators provide a link to MV OES (Office of Emergency Services).
Our mission is preparation and communication, always using common sense. We do NOT hand out food and water. Volunteers only safely provide assistance they are qualified and trained for, and will radio for specialized help as appropriate.
We still need many more responsible and civic-minded local volunteers to properly cover all of Old Mountain View. Graduates of the MV city CERT training are particularly needed, and those with medical, HAM radio, or other disaster-related skills. However, special training is not a prerequisite. If you are interested, we would be happy to talk to you.
Joining OMVNA CERT is an easy 45 minute orientation. After that, a volunteer is considered active if they participate in any two or more CERT activities each year. These can be any of our first Sunday of the month CERT radio checks (8:30 pm sharp, ch 21), meetings, exercises, drills, MV CERT classes, or any other CERT-related activity whether in-person or online. Spouses and partners are welcome so they can help out.
To join, volunteers need their own 22 channel GMRS 2-way radio* and a Go-kit (small emergency backpack). MV CERT class grads get a backpack, helmet, and some other MV items on completion. To that we add a waterproof flashlight, covered clipboard, mini-med kit, a preparation guide, and other disaster materials, and we may be able to provide backpacks and helmets if needed to non-MV CERT grads.
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