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October 2011

Welcome to the Volunteer E-Update; your monthly update on activities for the CERT, RACES and Fire Corps programs.
This Month...
October 1:  Citizen Preparedness Exercise (Drill) (8:00 AM-3:30 PM)
Join us to participate in this year's Citizen Preparedness Exercise.  We will have a very special guest speaker, Holly Johnson, from Joplin, Mo. who will speak about volunteer activities in the wake of their major tornado disaster.  Exercise training will include:  Team Organization; Search and Rescue; Triage and Treatment; Sandbag Placement; Cone Traffic Lanes; Radio Usage; and much more.   

October 1:  City-County Radio Exercise (9:00 -11:00 AM)
For those not participating in the Citizen Preparedness Exercise, the city will simultaneously be participating the the county-wide radio exercise. 

October 11:  RACES & CERT Meeting (6:30 - 8:30 PM)
Topic: Fire Watch Program Training by Battalion Chief Scott Berg   *Bring a Pound of Pasta to the meeting to continue with our challenge.

October 15CERT Training: Fire Safety & Utility Controls (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)  Volunteers are needed for registration and set-up of class activities.  North Net Training Center, 2400 E. Orangewood Ave.  Please confirm if you are able to volunteer.

October 15Amateur Radio License Testing (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)  Testing for amateur radio licenses will take place at North Net Training Center, 2400 E. Orangewood Ave.  Please call 714-3458-9547 to register for the testing session.

October 20:  Great California Shakeout (10:20 AM)
Participate in the Great California Shakeout by registering at www.shakeout.org and committing to "Drop, Cover and Hold On" at 10:20 AM.

October 21:  Point of Dispensing Exercise (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)  Join us for our third exercise with the Orange County Health Care Agency to disseminate free flu vaccines to the public.  This year's exercise will take place at Sunkist Community Church.  Volunteers are needed for various positions as well as radio communications.

Looking Ahead...

November 1RACES Meeting (6:15 - 8:15 PM)
Topic: TBD *Bring a Pound of Pasta to the meeting to continue with our challenge.

November 8CERT Meeting (6:30 - 8:30 PM)
Topic:  CERT Team Site assignments and calendar planning activity for next year.  Bring your 2012 calendars and join us in planning team site trainings and exercises for next year.

Citizen Preparedness Exercise
CERT Sandbag ArkStorm Flood Exercise
Citizen Corps volunteers from throughout Orange County will participate in the 2011 Citizen Preparedness Exercise on Saturday, October 1, 2011. 

This exercise is sponsored with Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant funding and incorporates all of the county and local jurisdiction Citizen Corps volunteer programs. 
CERT Hospitality Class
Resort Partners Finish CERT Class
In response to the Mayor's Hi Neighbor program, Anaheim Resort Businesses partnered to host a CERT class at hotels within the resort district. 

Thirty members of the resort business community completed CERT training.  A special thanks to Glenn Taylor from the Anaheim Hilton for leading the effort to coordinate the class and host class space at the hotel.  A sincere thank you also to the Sheraton Park Hotel who also hosted one of the class sessions.

The Anaheim Fire and Police Departments worked together to offer this class providing a special emphasis on the unique needs of the hotels within the resort area and providing a different perspective on the end-of-class scenario which included training and a simulation of an active shooter.  Class participants reported they enjoyed the class and a special presentation will be scheduled recognizing those businesses at a future City Council meeting. 
Point of Dispensing Exercise
flu FREE Flu Clinic
Friday, October 21
11:#0 AM - 1:#0 PM
Sunkist Community Church
701 S. Sunkist St., Anaheim

The Anaheim CERT and RACES programs have once again been asked to assist in free flu shot dissemination at one of our planned Point of Dispensing (POD) sites.  The City of Anaheim was responsible for developing eight POD sites throughout the community for a worst-case scenario in the distribution of medical or relief supplies. 

We are able to test our third POD site this year with the help of Sunkist Community Church.  Sunkist has been a fantastic partner in the POD planning process and we look forward to the flu shot clinic towards the end of October.

Volunteers are needed to assist with traffic direction through the POD site as well a radio communications and other functions.  Please contact Mary Jo at cert@anaheim.net if you are able to assist.

There's an APP for that Disaster
app As more technology is available in the palm of our hands, so are resources for preparing for and getting through an emergency or disaster. With enough battery power, your smartphone can be a very useful tool for storing information you may need to access during or immediately after an emergency.  Always keep a hard-copy back-up, but if you have a means of charging your smartphone, you may have resources available at your fingertips that help you through the situation.


Emergency Supply Kit While Traveling
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Vehicle Emergency Kit
Have emergency items with you in your vehicle.  Watch the FEMA video for tips and suggestions on what to pack while traveling.

Mary Jo Flynn
City of Anaheim Fire Dept.