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March 2010

Welcome to the Volunteer E-Newsletter; your monthly update on activities for the CERT, RACES and Fire Corps programs.
This Month...

March 9:  CERT Meeting from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness. 

March 11: 
ICS Review Class & Testing from 8:00 am - Noon ICS 100, 700; 1:00 - 5:00 pm ICS 200, 800 at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  RSVP required for attendance, (714) 765-6955.

March 20:  Team Captain Training from 8:00 am to Noon at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.
CERT Make-Up Class from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  Modules covered include:  Medical Operations II and Light Search and Rescue.  Registration Form

March 25:  Volunteer Recognition Banquet from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Grove of Anaheim.  RSVP is required to attend.  RSVP to Community Services (714) 765-5191.

March 29CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor Class from 6:00 to 9:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays for six (6) class meetings.  Class ends on Wednesday, April 14.  Class fee is $90.00, payable on the first day of class.  Registration Form

Looking Ahead...

April 3:  CMAP Responder Class from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  This class qualifies volunteers for participation as a CERT Mutual Aid Responder.  Additionally, volunteers must have completed shelter training, CPR/AED and First Aid.

April 6:  RACES Meeting from 6:15 - 8:15 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.

April 13:  CERT Meeting from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.

April 17:  Red Cross CPR Saturday at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  Sign up through the American Red Cross at www.oc-redcross.org.

April 21:  Youth in Government Day.  Students from Anaheim's many high schools will participate in the days activities experiencing life as a City of Anaheim staff member or elected official.

April 22:  Anaheim Farmer's Market - Earth Day event from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm at the Center Street Promenade.  Join us at the Anaheim Citizen Corps and CERT booth to help promote disaster preparedness and volunteerism.
Storm Readiness
Ensure you have the proper equipment!
During a CMAP activation, you will need to report to the location with everything you need to keep you comfortable during your shift.  Some selected items you may wish to put in a Storm Deployment Bag are listed below.

Storm Deployment Bag:
  • Rain Boots
  • Rain Pants/Overalls
  • Rain Jacket
  • Work Gloves
  • Towels or washcloths packed in ziplock bags or a chamois towel
  • Warm clothing:  thermal layering clothing, wool or polar fleece hats, sweaters, etc.
  • Ham Radio, GMRS or FRS
  • CERT vest and hard hat
  • First Aid Kit, medications, etc.
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Food, snacks and water
  • Lighting:  Flashlight, chemical lightstick, etc.
Fire Corps Recruiting
Additional opportunities for volunteering and training
The Fire Corps program, formerly known as the Anaheim Reserve program, is expanding to include CERT and RACES volunteers with an interest in serving the Anaheim Fire department.  The CERT training class will be a prerequisite for volunteering through Fire Corps.  For more information on becoming involved with Fire Corps and the opportunities available, please email cert@anaheim.net or call (714) 765-6955.
Triangle of Life Myths
Help end bad information by not forwarding the "Triangle of Life" email that circulates the internet after most major earthquakes.
For years, an email entitled the Triangle of Life by Doug Copp has circulated the internet forwarded from one person to another.  These emails provide false and unsafe information.  While Doug Copp is indeed a real person, his background and expertise is questionable. 

For accurate information on what to do in an earthquake please visit:  www.shakeout.org.

Additionally, you may read the response from the American Red Cross regarding the false information provided in the triangle of life email:  http://www2.bpaonline.org/Emergencyprep/arc-on-doug-copp.html
ACF Foundation Fundraising for the CERT and RACES Program

As many of you are aware, the City of Anaheim and Fire Department have sustained a number of cuts to help balance the City's budget and eliminate our dependence upon reserve funds.  Next fiscal year will require additional cuts to the budget.

In order to protect the CERT and RACES programs we will be more active in fundraising throughout the year.  Please contact our office if you are interested in joining the fundraising committee.  You can help by forwarding the information below in support of the CERT and RACES programs.

Are you interested in donating to the Anaheim Community Foundation on behalf of the Anaheim Fire-CERT program?  The Anaheim Community Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.  You will be provided with a receipt for tax purposes and receive recognition in our quarterly newsletter.

Please make checks payable to "Anaheim Community Foundation Fire-CERT" and forward to:
Fire Department Office of Disaster Preparedness, 500 E. Broadway Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805

[  ] $250     [  ] $100     [  ] $75     [  ]$50     [  ] $25      [  ] Other $______________

Mary Jo Flynn
City of Anaheim Fire Dept.