This flyer is an announcement of general disaster preparedness and home safety training classes that will be conducted by the SCCFD for any Santa Clara County residents during the first half of 2022. Note that these are “geared” for the general public and not specifically targeted/presented for active CERT members. However, with that said, there is good information here for Saratoga CERT members as well.
As most of you are aware, there have been no CERT Academy classes (i.e., in-person or remote) held since the late winter/early spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The only training that has been provided since that time is on-line Zoom CERT refresher training classes for registered/actively credentialed CERT members. Gracie Hernandez (Santa Clara County Fire Department CERT Senior Program Specialist) has now announced that two “hybrid” CERT Academy training classes will be conducted in the spring and fall of CY-2022. Please see Gracie’s “CERT Hybrid 2022 Flyer.”
If it has been many years since you attended the CERT Academy classes and have not been able to stay current with SCCFD refresher classes conducted during 2020 and 2021, then you might consider signing up for one of the two hybrid classes. The classes will incorporate 2019 FEMA-mandated changes to the Medical Ops section of instruction.
K14TG-D Testing Request
We have been requested to monitor our Saratoga CERT radio frequencies for possible interference from TV Channel 14 near Monterey while they are conducting tests from Tuesday October 12 through Friday October 15 from 9AM to 10AM daily.
Those of you in possession of the preprogrammed Baofeng radios please step through each of the channels and note any indication of a signal present by observing the bars in the upper left corner of the display. Those of you with tuneable UHF receivers could check for activity on 466.7, 466.925, 467.275, 467.325 and 469.225 MHz. Try your antennas in both vertical and horizontal orientation.
Do this at your convenience, and preferably at different days and times. Please let me know your results by sometime Friday 10/15/2021 (email@example.com).
TV channel 14 occupies a 6 MHz slot from 470-476 MHz. The five frequencies that Saratoga CERT is licensed for are well spaced from that and one would assume that the channel 14 signal from the Monterey Bay area will not cause interference on any of the Saratoga CERT frequencies, but one test is worth a thousand expert opinions.
For you techies, the transmitter antenna is a horizontal log periodic located about 78 miles ESE of Saratoga at a bearing of 128 degrees and at an elevation of 1243 feet. The antenna main lobe is directional and aimed at 340 degrees (we are at 309 degrees). The ERP is 630 watts. From the antenna (SCALA CL-1469) data I’m guessing that the power sent our way would be about 62 percent of that or down about 2 dB.
The following is a summary of the request from the station engineer:
K14TG-LD holds a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to build a Channel 14 facility. Channel 14 is immediately adjacent to the upper end of the 450 – 470 MHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) band, and there is no guard band between the two allocations to help reduce interference. Therefore, prior to beginning to regularly operate its transmitter on Channel 14, K14TG-D is conducting tests to allow you to determine whether any interference is caused to your operations by the K14TG-D Channel 14 signals. If there is interference, K14TG-D will work with you to eliminate that interference.
Testing is planned to start Tuesday October 12th at 9 AM continuing through Friday October 15th. K14TG-D is planned to be on the air each day for an hour from 9AM to 10AM. The schedule may be changed or extended depending on whether interference is found, what type it is, and how extensive it is. Our objective is to provide as much opportunity as possible for you to check for interference.
Don Steinbach – AE6PM
Colin Tanner, the leader of the Gilroy CERT organization, will ‘reprise’ his incredibly insightful awareness training on ‘crush syndrome.’ Colin provided this training back on June 28th, at which time approximately ten of our Saratoga CERT members were able to participate along with members from both the Gilroy and Morgan Hill CERT organizations. For this session, Colin will be providing the awareness training specifically for members of Saratoga CERT.
This is an incredibly important – and little known and understood – topic. I would venture to say it is probably the most critical presentation a CERT member can attend, with the possible exception of your foundation CERT Academy training and “Stop the Bleed” training. The length of this Zoom session will be approximately 1-1/2 hours (i.e., 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.)
Colin’s presentation will focus on:(1) What is ‘crush syndrome,’ and what are the symptoms associated with this dangerous, life-threatening condition often seen after major-magnitude earthquakes and/or building or other structural collapses.(2) The ‘chain of events’ associated with crush syndrome.(3) The difference between ‘crush syndrome’ and ‘crush injury.'(4) Response protocols for dealing with a victim who has sustained ‘crush syndrome.’ The role tourniquets have in crush syndrome response.
Zoom invitation for the Crush Syndrome Awareness Presentation
Topic: Crush Syndrome Awareness
Time: November 18, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 810 0324 4821
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Presenter: Mr. Colin Tanner, City of Gilroy CERT Program Lead
To all active Saratoga CERT members:
Due to the dynamic and unsettled environment surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Clara County Fire Department CERT Training Team will be continuing to conduct CERT refresher sessions for August to December 2021 using an on-line Zoom format, as employed for past sessions occurring since spring 2020.
The five sessions are as follows:
- 25 August 2021 (Wednesday): Disaster Preparedness
- 6 September 2021 (Thursday): Terrorism and CERT
- 12 October 2021 (Tuesday): Fire Safety and CERT
- 03 November 2021 (Wednesday): CERT Disaster Medical Ops session #1
- 08 December 2021 (Wednesday): CERT Disaster Medical Ops session #2
All sessions run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sign up is via the “click on” links found on the flyer at:
|[From Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Daily Digest Bulletin – 9 September 2021]|
Community- and faith-based organizations can help diversify FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area. It also trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
CERTs are pivotal in building personal and community resilience, so it is essential that all groups feel at ease accessing resources. That’s why a fact sheet about CERTs and Basic Training is available in six languages. In addition to English, these materials are now available in Korean, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese. All are free of charge.
The fact sheet highlights the benefits CERTs bring to the community. Basic Training materials, which include extensive instructor and participant manuals, are also available in multiple languages.
Numerous studies have shown that disasters disproportionately impact historically underserved communities, which often include populations where English is not the primary language. In fact, the latest U.S. Census Bureau American Home Survey shows that 25 million individuals are considered limited English proficient in the U.S. CERT Volunteers who speak languages other than English can be a valuable resource for both first responders and community members.
Organizations can share these new CERT materials with those they work with and serve. Order your free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) materials in multiple languages now! You can get your copies online or through the FEMA publications warehouse online ordering platform.
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Morgan Hill and Gilroy CERT
Training Meetings On Zoom
|Crush Syndrome in Earthquake Country|
Apart from direct trauma, complications of crush syndrome are the most frequent cause of death after earthquakes. Up to 40% of multistory building collapse survivors suffer from crush syndrome.
It is estimated that after an earthquake like a 7.0 on the Hayard fault, that up to 2,250 people could be trapped in buildings or buried in rubble awaiting rescue. Some of those people are sure to have sustained crush injury that could lead to crush syndrome.
Here in earthquake country it’s important to know what causes crush syndrome and ways to address the needs of patients in a disaster when normal emergency medical services like EMTs and Paramedics are not available in the field. Medical professionals can only diagnose crush syndrome with lab tests but we can sometimes take steps in the post disaster environment to lessen the impact of this potentially deadly syndrome.
Join us on: Monday, June 28 at 7:30 pm.
Morgan Hill and Gilroy CERT Zoom Meeting Schedule
Zoom meetings are typically held by MH/G CERT on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
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Topic: Crush Syndrome in Earthquake Country
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Drive Through Safety Fair
Registration is now open for the Saratoga Drive Through Safety Fair on Saturday, June 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Joan Pisani Community Center parking lot. Attendees will have a chance to briefly talk with various organizations about safety-related topics. Each registered vehicle will receive a free bag from the City with 2 reflective vests to improve visibility during nighttime activities. To register and find additional information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/fair
From: J Oberhofer KN6PE
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:06 PM
Subject: [EMA Members] EMA: ShakeAlert Presentation Video, April 2021
Hello EMA Members,
If you missed the April SCC EMA meeting, here is the link to the video of the 40 minute ShakeAlert Presentation:
Jennifer Strauss (UC Berkeley Seismology Lab) starts with a good review of seismology and Bay Area earthquakes before jumping into the ShakeAlert program. This presentation was originally made to the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association on 8 April 2021.
Please feel free to share this with your staff.
Jim Oberhofer | Treasurer | SCC Emergency Managers Association
The following training classes are being offered by the City of Los Altos Office of Emergency Services and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.If interested, please use the links provided below to register for these training sessions.
March 4 – Refresh, Red Cross Shelter Training Fundamentals from 7:30-9:00 p.m.
More info and Link to sign up: https://www.losaltosca.gov/police/page/cert-skills-refresh-training
For those who have already completed the Shelter Fundamentals class—this session will review the concepts and highlight procedural changes. Red Cross Volunteer Neil Katin will join us and answer questions.
March 15- Red Cross Shelter Training Fundamentals from 7:30-9:00 p.m.
More info and Link to sign up www.losaltosca.gov/prepares
Learn how the American Red Cross sets up and runs a disaster shelter, and how you can help. Red Cross Volunteer Jim Mollerus will join us and answer questions.
March 25 webinar on “Secure Your Space.” Mark Benthien will join us to teach us some simple actions we can take to improve our home’s safety in an earthquake. (Mark is the Executive Director, Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) and the Global Coordinator for the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill). Several Los Altos Block Action Team Leaders will tell us how they used ECA “mini-awards” to improve their neighborhood’s earthquake safety. And, we’ll learn a little about the Earthquake Bolt and Brace grants program. This is a great way to get started! 7:30 pm on Thurs March 25, register today.
Best regards to all,
City of Saratoga CERT Volunteer Program Lead (Program Manager)