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April 2010

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

April 3: CMAP Responder Class from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  Call (714) 765-6955 to register.

April 6:  RACES Meeting from 6:15 - 8:15 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  Training will include Radio Programming Procedures.  Need help/practice programming your radio?  We will have help on hand for anyone needing instruction on how to program all makes of radios.  CERT members are encouraged to attend.  An overview of the April 18 drill will be presented.

April 10Shelter Training from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at the City of Irvine.  Registration Form.

April 10: Repeater Site Cleanup from 9:00 - 11:00 am.  Bring hand tools and weed-eaters for weed abatement up at the repeater site.  Meet at the East Anaheim Police Substation at 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd. at 9:00 am to caravan up to the site.  Pre-work breakfast at Denny's, 7:30 - 9:00 am 22611 Oakcrest Circle in the Savy Ranch shopping center.

April 13:  CERT Meeting from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  Topic:  Food Safety.  Please bring $5.00 to participate in dinner.  RSVP (714) 765-6955.

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 18RACES Drill from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Voluntary participation to test the call out procedures and mobilization of RACES members to a simulated emergency.  Skills to be exercised are those found in the RACES Handbook to include activation procedures, Net check-in, dress and equipment check, use of the ICS 214 activity log, message handling using the Anaheim EOC message forms and radio etiquette.

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.

Looking Ahead...

May 4:  RACES Meeting from 6:15 - 8:15 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.

May 8: 
Citizen Corps Volunteer Activation Drill from 8:00 am - Noon.  Training will review the activation process for volunteers as well as how to set-up a team site, and various volunteer support needs at the site. 

May 8:  CERT Drill the Skills/Recertification from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.  Training will cover basic CERT skills including fire suppression, medical operations and search and rescue.  You should participate if it has been 3 or more years since your original CERT certification. Drill the Skills Registration Form

May 11:  Hotline Team Training from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  Learn how to set-up the hotline room, manage information and prepare reports for the Public Information Officer.

May 11:  CERT Meeting from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  topic:  Traffic safety and direction presented by Don Mendenhall.

May 17:  CPR/AED Class from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the Office of Disaster Preparedness.  You must attend both classes and pass a written exam with 80% or higher for certification.  A $20 fee is due at the first class meeting.  CPR Registration Form
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
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.
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.

The CERT and RACES volunteers 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.