2017 Annual Meeting
2017 Annual Meeting
You will now find out the type of people who are involved in your Regional CERT. We come from all walks of life but all feel a need to be prepared.
Regional CERT Officers
Chris: Vice President
Bob: Director of Operations
Craig: Director of Safety
Janet: Corp. Secretary
John: Director of Training
Steve: fire Chief’s Liaison
Regional CERT Board Members
We are lucky
Despite how busy we can imagine these people are
They not only believe in CERT, they are actively supporting us
Scott: Unit Chief overseeing all of Cal Fire in our county
Bob: Chief in charge of training at California Specialized Training Institute which is part of Cal State OES
Local CERT Programs
Estero Bay CERT
Local CERT Influencers
Before I recognize all the current CERT members present, I want to point out a few people here who have helped over the years (Bob Putney, Keith Aggson, Bob lewin).
Finally, I want to have all the SAR members stand up just to show you that, even though they are actively involved in one organization, they are just as concerned about disasters as you and I.
Now, I want all the CERT members stand up. Tell everyone that they will have a chance to talk to them during the social.
Before we get into things, I like to take a step back and describe what CERT is and what it isn’t to anyone here who does not know
What is CERT?
“CERT educates volunteers about disaster preparedness
for the hazards that may impact their area
and trains them in basic disaster response skills
such as fire safety, light search and rescue,
team organization, and disaster medical operations”
This is the official definition of CERT according to FEMA
Instead of reading this, I would rather tell you what CERT means to us in our county.
We all know that in any situation, we like to be responsible for our own safety and we take that responsibility very seriously.
We are not dooms-dayers but we want to be prepared if something does happen.
Yes, we know first responders have our backs but we also know that there are times we could do a little ourselves that could prevent an even bigger problem.
For example, during Katrina, there were hundreds of people on rooftops. If some of them could have done something to help themselves, then the first responders could have gotten to someone who was having a heart attack.
To do this competently, it takes training and teamwork
What can CERT members do?
Work within, as opposed to, working outside…
Large-scale deployment of medicine or medical supplies
What is the Regional CERT?
“The San Luis Obispo Regional CERT
is a nonprofit organization that helps
create, support, and maintain CERT programs
within San Luis Obispo County”
Like everyone here, I hate overhead and unneeded administration
Throughout the years, many CERT organizations have come and gone.
The general consensus is that there was no central organization.
However, we did not want to dictate that each CERT ran a certain way. We realized that each area in our county has specific needs and we did not want to hinder that.
So, we chose these words very carefully. For example, you may notice that we did not list “promote”. We felt that was the job of each CERT organization to promote themselves but in supporting them, we, of course, may need to help promote their team.
Accomplishments of the past year
Onto our plans for next year
Remember - This group has only met 8 times this year!
We cannot claim it as an accomplishment, but the truck sitting outside is the personal accomplishment of one of our officers for parades, events, and he is just proud to show it off
Create multiple CERT organizations
Our goal is to make as many more CERT as possible, but these are the ones we are currently working on.
Notice, no SLO
Catch & release
Need “Spark Plugs”
Work with CSD’s
Q & A
When is the next class?
Fill out the form
Check the website
If I take the class,
do I have to join a team?
Does the training class
Between $35 and $50
How long is the class?
5 evenings, 3 hours each
Ask them for questions...