I am pleased to announce the launch of 9-1-1 texting services throughout Santa Clara County. This new option will help those who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired and anyone who feels unsafe speaking over the phone. The County operates a consolidated (law, fire and medical) emergency communications center that is staffed by 130 employees, including 80 dispatchers who answer approximately 45,562 calls per month, 62 calls per hour, 1,497 calls in a 24-hour period (491 of them considered urgent or emergency calls), and 546,750 calls per year. Dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency is still the preferred way to request help, and the public is reminded to “Call if you can. Text if you can’t.” Texting is not always ideal because it takes longer than a voice call and does not provide the location of the texter. The service is currently available in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County and all local jurisdictions, except for Campbell and Los Gatos, which are scheduled to offer the service by the end of the year.
Hello CERT colleagues. Thanks to Michael Grodin, who is EMT trained and Red Cross certified, Campbell CERT is offering free classes in First Aid (no CPR) and Stop the Bleed. Please invite your members to attend these classes. Details are shown following.
Campbell CERT Program Manager
|Date||Time||Event Description||Cost||Location||Signup Link|
|6:30 pm – 9:30 pm||Red Cross Basic First Aid Class (no CPR)||Free ($22 for Red Cross certificate)||Campbell Community Center, Room E-46||Signup First Aid|
|7:00 pm – 8:30 pm||Stop the Bleed Class||Free||Campbell Community Center, Room E-46||Signup Stop the Bleed|
During the Month of September, we shared tips on Nextdoor, Facebook, and Twitter to raise awareness about National Preparedness Month. Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people do not know where to start, so they may never start at all. You can visit www.saratoga.ca.us/prepareSCC to learn how to prepare for disasters, and here are a few tips to help you get started.
One of the easiest ways to prepare is to sign up for emergency alerts and warnings at www.AlertSCC.org. These free alerts will be sent directly to your cell phone, landline, or email to keep you informed in the midst of a disaster and during recovery.
When disaster strikes, there may be a power outage and gas stations may not. One change you can make immediately is never letting your gas tank go below half full. That way you will always have enough gas to drive to an area with power to get supplies. It is also important to learn how to manually open your garage door so you can access your vehicle.
Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters. Small steps every month can make a big difference, such as making a communication plan or building up food and water supplies. To view their calendar and learn what you can do every month, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/Do1Thing
Please join Mayor Manny Cappello and the City Council for the Saratoga State of the City on Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Joan Pisani Community Center at 19655 Allendale Avenue. Celebrate Saratoga’s recent accomplishments, learn about the current state of affairs in Saratoga, and honor the residents and organizations that make Saratoga wonderful.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or ask questions about the Saratoga State of the City event.
Assistant City Manager
City of Saratoga | City Manager’s Office
13777 Fruitvale Avenue │ Saratoga, CA 95070
408.868.1269 │ email@example.com
The CERT meeting on Thursday, September 26 has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday, October 24. Meeting details will be shared through the October Saratoga CERT newsletter.
Hope to see you next month!
Who: Santa Clara County Operational Area
What: Shelter Fundamentals provided by the American Red Cross
When: This is a four-hour course being held twice in October. The course runs from 0830AM to 1230PM.
Where: County Emergency Operations Center
55 W. Younger Ave., 4th Fl. Ste. 430 San Jose, CA 95110
Why: We are as a community operating in an increasingly dynamic threat environment to include, as necessary, the openingof shelters to avoid threats from potential wildfire under PG&E’snew Community Wildfire Safety Program.
Care and Shelter is a foundational capability in advance of, and in response to, disasters and emergencies of all types. It is with this in the mind that we offer this training opportunity to build greater depth within the Santa Clara County Operational Area.
|Thursday October 10th||https://bit.ly/2Zt1ky5|
|Wednesday October 16th||https://bit.ly/2Pjl6wp|
What a great success, for what will likely be the “First Annual SARA/CERT Family Picnic”. The venue was great, the food was yummy, the weather was pleasant, the activities were interesting and folks seemed to have a good time. Saratoga Area hams, their families and friends, along with CERT graduates, families and friends thoroughly enjoyed the Picnic and spending time with each other.
Thanks to Ron Jones, the venue was at an amazing location, the Warner-Hutton House (next to City Hall), Saturday, August 17, 2019. That was with Crystal’s support from the City of Saratoga, along with her cohorts, Nina, Thomas and Matt. A major ‘shout-out’ to each of you.
Ron also planned at the venue, the Santa Clara County 3Q2019 Emergency Drill for the City of Saratoga and CERTS had the opportunity to experience a real drill (a fascinating) experience. In his Agenda he planned tours of key locations for us to see and learn from, ALL found that very valuable.
As with any effort, the ‘front loading’ to garner inclusion and staying focused on bringing the groups together was Brent, a member of both organizations. He proposed the idea of CERT joining the Picnic of SARA with the Chair of Events, Membership for CERT, Jessica, who worked in creating momentum for the idea and logistics. Brent and other CERTS talked with the Master Orchestrator, Ron Jones, who orchestrated the SARA team for most of the implementation. Those that had questions jumped in and supported the union when we had a mutual meeting between the organizations to see how this would work out.
A HUGE thank you to ALL the SARA and CERT (MANY) people who attended and contributed to the successful ‘First Annual SARA/CERT Family Picnic” A special thank you to folks that spent some, or ALL of their picnic time serving others.
We just held what will likely be the “First Annual SARA/CERT Family Picnic”. The venue was great, the food was yummy, the weather was pleasant, the activities were interesting and folks seemed to have a good time.
We want to recognize those that performed significant tasks in preparation for the event or at the picnic to make sure things went smoothly and everybody had a good time.
Though the “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” list is at the bottom, they are the picnic heroes to me. Make sure you read to the end and forgive me if I missed anyone.
What: SARA/CERT Family Picnic
Santa Clara County 3Q2019 Emergency Drill for City of Saratoga
Who: Saratoga Area hams, their families and friends
Saratoga Area CERTs, their families and friends
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
Venue: Warner-Hutton House (next to City Hall), 13777 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070
Price: Adults – $5.00, Kids 18 and under – Free
- Warner Hutton House
- Saratoga Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
- CERT Emergency Trailer – portable emergency warehouse
- CERT CorpYard Base – 40’ Container – fixed emergency warehouse
- SARA K6SA 2 meter repeater in the City Yard
- 2m mobile rig – Peter
- 2m mobile rig – Jeff
- HF rig – Morris
County Drill: Twenty (20) ham attendees checked into the Resource Travel Net as they were ready to depart home for the event.
- Travel was tracked and, as appropriate, Health and Welfare checks were conducted in route.
- Participants also checked into the Travel Net when they arrived at the site. Data was recorded.
- After arrival, 12 hams performed and documented a simulated emergency task on site. Data was recorded.
- Drill will be reported to Santa Clara County to fulfill Saratoga’s 3Q requirement for a quarterly drill.
Food: Hamburgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, cheese slices and buns, Hot dogs and buns, Mustard, catsup, relish, Tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, Assorted bags of chips, Potato salad, 8 different topping large pizzas, Appetizer trays, Cookies, Soft drinks, water, ice
- Quaint 1890’s Queen Anne style house
- Air conditioned
- Modernized kitchen with fridge/freezer, stove, microwave, generous counter space, convenient serving area
- Dining room with large table and chairs
- Multiple indoor restrooms
- Surrounded by mature shade trees
- Large grassy back lawn and patio
- Outside tables and benches for dining
- Gazebo was used as an outdoor ham shack
- Electrical outlets for AC power
- Nearby free parking
- 56 adults total
- 30 ham only & family
- 15 CERT only & Family
- 11 ham/CERT combo & family
Reservations: 58 RSVP’s prior to event
56 actual attendees . . . most RSVPs showed up. Had a few walk-ins
Above & Beyond the Call of Duty
- Peter Net Control for the Resource Travel Net County drill, set up 2 meter mobile demo, purchased food
- Jeff Net Control for the onsite Event Net, trailered his barbecue to the site and provided cooking tools and propane
- Morris Set up HF mobile demo with low power (QRP) rig, listened to contact in Hawaii and spoke to contacts in other states
- Brent Tour guide
- Jack Barbeque wrangler
- Rick Barbeque wrangler
- Davina Check-in Queen, brought ice chests and ice
- Paul Check-in King
- Robina Last cleanup person at WHH
- Rebecca Photos
- Jessica Food prep and photos
- Chuck Food prep
- Others Food prep and cleanup
- RJ General overseer
City of Saratoga Support
- Crystal Pizza
- Nina Facilities booking and support
- Thomas Facilities manager
- Matt Facilities onsite support
Thanks to everybody for attending and a special thank you to folks that spent some of their picnic time serving others.
See ya’ next year . . . probably before.
Ron Jones, AJ6EG
14355 D Saratoga Avenue | Saratoga, CA 95070
408 872-1301 land | 408 316-0854 cell
by Jessica Fullmer
AGENDA – (no Radio Practice this time)
NEW LOCATION – hosted by Sussane Von Stern, across from West Valley College
19149 Oahu Lane, Saratoga (Allendale, Portus, to Wendy, to Oahu)
Call Jessica cell if any questions (408 348 3201)
Jessica Fullmer (West Valley-Quito Division Leader)
Susanne von Stern -Meeting host
Charles Rader (Cox Division Leader)
Doug McFarlin (West Valley-Quito Division)
CERT had a booth at the Saratoga Classic Car Show on Sunday, July 28th, to promote community awareness of the Saratoga CERT program and recruit new volunteers.
Jessica talked about lessons learned from incidents reports. We are instructed not to use FRS radios in an emergency and instead call 911 for Saratoga. 911 staff will sort the type of response, not CERT team members.
NOTE JOINT PICNIC SARA (RADIOS) AUG 17 12:00-4:00-CERT DETAILS BELOW- DO RSVP- COME AND ENJOY
Active shooter incident led to a recommend by Charles for all CERT members to take “Stop the Bleed” training course prepared by FEMA. Charles will arrange to have Michael Gordonbach(?) provide “Stop the Bleed” training for Saratoga CERT probably late Fall or later.
CERT refresher training courses are scheduled starting in September.
Radio class 8/24 at LG Police Station. There is a YouTube video of the class.
Charles is a member of a group testing a neighborhood damage assessment application for Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Management Services. The application uses ESRI ArcGIS mapping and location software along with maps provided and maintained by the City of Saratoga. The application provides a standardize means for activated CERT team members to enter assessment information using their mobile device that is automatically communicated to the City’s Emergency Operations Center over the cellular network. If the user’s mobile is unable to connect to a cell tower or the cellular network is down, the report is sent when the mobile reconnects to a cell tower. The application is called the Santa Clara Damage Assessment Report Application. Should CERT teams have a FirstAlert capable cellular radio that remains connected to a cell tower during an emergency when devices other than those used by first responders are dropped to alleviate congestion.
Chuck attended the California For All CERT/LISTOS Conference, May 30 – June 1, 2019. The topics covered were CERT Mutual Aid Program, Animal Response and Sheltering, and CERT Emergency Communications.
The concept of mutual aid is gaining traction in CA. It is modeled after the CERT mutual aid program in deployed statewide in Florida (championed by a former governor with state funding). Organizations are harmonized across the state with the same uniforms, equipment, training and procedures, such that a CERT team can be deployed anywhere they are needed in the state and be able to effectively support the local first responder units. CERT has a seat in the Office of Emergency Services to call up and dispatch CERT volunteers. Orange County has a similar mutual aid program for its 38 CERT organizations. To remain in active status all CERT members are required to attend the American Red Cross Shelters Fundamentals course and all CERT refresher training courses. Governor Newsome is supportive of a CERT mutual aid program.
Saratoga has a pact with American Red Cross to provide shelters in the City, where ARC provides equipment and the City provides staffing.j The Tier 1 shelter is located at West Valley Community College, Tier 2 shelter is at Redwood Middle School and Tier 3 shelters are at Joan Pisani Community Center and Friendship Hall in Saratoga Prospect Center. The City will decide which shelters to open in response to an emergency. CERT members should be trained to staff these shelters.
Other shelters in the City are the American Red Cross operated shelter at Saratoga High School and the independent shelter at Prince of Peace Church.
Listos is a parallel organization to CERT in California with communication and training materials in the Spanish language. FEMA is translating CERT training materials in Vietnamese and Chinese.
Animal response and animal sheltering for pets is gaining interest after experiences during recent wildfires where people would not leave their pets to go to shelters. FEMA offers on line training. Shelter layout and understanding animal behavior are key topics covered. Sacramento Fire has CERT trainers specialized in animal sheltering. Charles will arrange animal response training and co-ordinate with SCC CERT in Spring 2020. Meanwhile, he has sent out links to the FEMA training modules:
Animal Response Module I: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/27983
Animal Response Module II: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/27990
As divisional lead for Saratoga Cox CERT division, Charles has written a draft Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for his division. This supplements materials in the FEMA CERT training binder. He handed out sections from the EOP, Section 3.0 “Status as a Recognized State of California Disaster Service Worker Volunteer,” Section 3.1 “Legal Protections for CERT Members…,” Section 5.0 Hazards Assessment,” Section 6.0 Activation of City of Saratoga CERT Members,” Section 6.0.1 “CERT Member Identification, Apparel,…Upon Activation,” Section 6.1 “Specific Actions…After a Major Earthquake,” Section 6.2 “Potential use of Saratoga CERT …,” Section 7.0 “CERT Incident Command,” Section 8.0 “CERT Emergency Response Supplies,” Section 9.0 “CERT Disaster Communications,” Section 10.0 Establishing and Manning a Field Medical Treatment Area,” and Section 12.0 “ CERT and Spontaneous…Volunteers.” He reviewed Section 9.0. at the meeting.
Recommended actions for West Valley – Quito CERT Division:
Recruit and train members to establish a core team to support and sustain the disaster preparation activities
Identify location(s) Field Medical Treatment Areas within the division (West Valley Community College, Gardiner Park?)
Develop disaster communications plan and verify Level 1 communication coverage using FRS radios.
NEXT MEETING–AGENDA AUG 26TH 6:00-7:30 AT SUSANNE’S (ABOVE ADDRESS)
Revisit the following three areas Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) training topics:
(1) Establishing and manning a CERT Field Medical Treatment Area/Site
(2) CERT and Spontaneous Unaffiliated/Untrained Volunteers (SUV’s)
(3) CERT and Vulnerable Populations
(1) Santa Clara County Fire Department (SCCFD) resources in the area / interaction with CERT
(2) FRS radio usage and communications protocol (radiotelephony procedures, radio terminology, phonetic alphabet, etc.)