Traffic Control Training
Annual CERT Drill
October Saratoga CERT Membership Meeting
More Training Opportunities
Division Meeting Minutes:
The Saratoga City Council will recognize September as National Preparedness Month with a Proclamation during the Wednesday, September 19th Council meeting. All CERT members are welcome to attend (wear your CERT shirts) the meeting that begins at 7:00pm and you will be done by 8:00. Join us!
Saturday, 27 October 2018 – County-wide CERT Drill at Moffat Field – details to follow soon. If you have previous CERT drill experience, please consider serving as a mentor for one of the teams on the 27th – formal request to volunteer will be out very soon.
Craig Pietrow will be our new logistics chief. Reshma Hyder will take over our computer/IT operations. Jessica Fullmer will assume membership and events leadership. Brent Hailpern will become overall Saratoga CERT lead. We are still looking for additional volunteers to take leadership positions, especially deputy positions for almost all the existing roles.
We have created a fourth division, the Vineyards and Jim Foley will be the division lead.
Quito/West Valley Division: http://saratogacert.org/2018/09/03/1107/
Cox Division: http://saratogacert.org/2018/08/28/saratoga-cert-cox-cert-division-meeting-minutes-15-august-2018/
Saratoga CERT: http://saratogacert.org/2018/08/27/saratoga-cert-meeting-minutes-23-august-2018/
All Saratoga CERT members are reminded to get their DSW cards, if they dont have them, by making an appointment with Lori McKenna at 408-868-1240 – If your card has expired, you can contact Lori and ask for a new one without going in for a new picture.
DSW Volunteer Program Workshop – September 13th: http://saratogacert.org/2018/08/24/dsw-disaster-service-worker-volunteer-program-workshop/
Santa Clara County – HazMat and Terrorism Refresher – October 17th: http://saratogacert.org/event/refresher-7-haz-mat-terrorism-awareness/
General Storm Awareness Training – Wednesday, October 3th, 2018, 6pm-9pm and Saturday October 6th, 2018, 9am-12pm.
The same class will be offered on both days so either date can be attended. Location: Santa Clara Fire Department Training Center, 1900 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara, CA, 95050. The class is free, but seating is limited so please register in advance. Registration is through Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cert-continuing-education-storm-response-operations-tickets-50249944938
Quito/West Valley Division: September 12th, 6-7:30pm
Cox Division: September 26th, 6-7pm
Argonaut Division: ?
Vineyard Division: ?
Saratoga CERT: October 23rd, 5:30-7pm – http://saratogacert.org/event/saratoga-cert-membership-meeting-october/
We are rebuilding our roster using new technology (thanks Reshma!), but in the mean time, if we need to send announcements out between newsletters, we are still using our Yahoo! group – please sign up at the following URL to get those off-cycle announcements: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/saratoga_cert/info
1) there will be no Saratoga CERT meeting in July, but the Saratoga CERT divisions will hold division meetings this month.
– Quito/West Valley is scheduled for July 19th at 6pm (hosts: Maggie and Bill Church)
– Argonaut is scheduled for July 26 at 6:30pm (host: Davina Morgan-Witts)
– Cox is scheduled for July 18 at 6pm (host: Lori Stafford)
2) We decided to focus on the SCC Fire Department refresher courses for our CERT training – at least through this year. The 3 remaining classes in 2018 are:
3) We need volunteers for the Saratoga Car Show on July 22nd – please contact Jessica to volunteer or to confirm your time slot – email@example.com – we usually have 2 hour shifts between 9:30 and 5:30 to staff the cooling tent, monitor the FRS we share with the Sheriff and pass out info and answer questions about Saratoga CERT
4) If you don’t have a current Disaster Service Worker (DSW) card, it is essential you get yours as soon as you possibly can – please contact Lori McKenna at 408-868-1240 to make an appointment.
5) Minutes from our June meeting can be found at http://saratogacert.org/2018/07/03/minutes-28-june-2018/ – and we urge you all to read them over.
6) If you are missing CERT supplies (e.g., CERT backpack) or think there is some new supply we should order in bulk, please contact Michael Taylor with your suggestions/needs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Summer Saratoga CERT!
First, we would like to welcome the new graduates from Saratoga’s CERT Academy: Antonella Corno, Bradley Silveria, Charles Rader, Peter Commandeur, Fabrizio Corno, Lochan Narvekar, Marion Yager, Uma Challa, Robert Yager, Ron Jones, Sho Kou, Shoba Rao, Stephano Corno, Augustina Hubbard, Vivian Mills, Monica Loke.
At the same time, we would like to thank all the Saratoga CERT members that helped out in the Academy drill/graduation!
Our next membership meeting is 6/28 – agenda is still TBD, but mark your calendars; http://saratogacert.org/event/saratoga-cert-membership-meeting-june/
We will need volunteers to help staff the CERT booth at the Saratagoa Blossom Festival on June 23rd from 10am-4pm in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard – please contact Jessica (email@example.com) to volunteer.
A few upcoming meetings/educational opportunities this month:
Coming up in July will be the Saratoga Car Show on 7/22 (volunteers will be neeeded for the CERT booth) and a Ham Cram class in Hollister on 7/14.
The minutes for the March membership meeting will be posted today on our website blog – comments/updates to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
We are still looking for members to volunteer for leadership positions in logistics, training, and overall planning. Contact Michael Taylor directly or email@example.com.
There will be a meeting of the Saratoga Safety Task Force Social on April 21st that will bring together city, Neighborhood Watch, and CERT participants. Jessica Fullmer will be organizing our Saratoga CERT presence at the meeting. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. Even if you cannot volunteer for our table there, we hope you can attend the meeting.
There will be a Saratoga Safety Fair on May 20th. Jessica Fullmer will be organizing our Saratoga CERT presence at the Fair. Please contact her at email@example.com to volunteer. We will post Saratoga CERT specific details on our calendar.
Santa Clara County OES has a 20 hour course on Disaster Mitigation beginning on April 24th – details are on our calendar.
Santa Clara County Fire has the Saratoga CERT Academy starting on May 8th – details are on our calendar. We will likely need volunteers to help staff their final exam and graduation on May 26th – more details at our April membership meeting.
Palo Alto CERT has shared their Field Operation Guides with us – see our Resources web page for details.
Santa Clara Valley Water District has posted an article on “SUPPORTING COMMUNITY DISASTER RESPONSE WITH CERT”