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December 2011

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

This Month...
December 3:  CERT Training Class (8:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Assistance is needed in setting up check-in and registration and assisting the instructors with class set-up. 

December 3FCC Technician License Testing (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)  North Net Training Center, 2400 E. Orangewood Ave.

December 6 RACES Meeting - CANCELLED

December 13CERT & RACES Meeting (6:30 - 8:30 PM)
Topic: Combined Holiday Potluck.  Please bring a food item to share.

Looking Ahead...

January 3RACES Meeting (6:15 -8:15PM)
Topic: TBD

January 10:  CERT Meeting  (6:30 - 8:30 PM)
Topic:  Triage & First Aid refresher
Join us for a review and hands on practice of triage and first aid skills.  Meeting location TBD. 

January 21:
CERT Training Class  (8:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Assistance is needed in setting up check-in and registration and assisting the instructors with class set-up.

What is all this talk about Social Media?
You may have heard a great deal about how social media is being used during disasters.  Maybe you have an account with Twitter or Facebook or you host your own Blog.  After success stories from Joplin and other areas around the country, Emergency Managers are beginning to pay closer attention to how social media is being used by the public and evaluating how they could use it to help disseminate critical information during disasters. 

Video:  Twitter is faster than earthquakes

According to Eric Qualman, author of Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business "If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest country in the world behind only China and India." 

Video: Social Media Revolution 2011

With so many people participating in some way with social media, an increased expectation is developing that we will be listening during a disaster and responding with information via social media networks. 

As a volunteer you can learn more about social media and ways in which you might be willing to help monitor messages and microblogs to report back information during a disaster.  It might be that you use this system to also report information from the field in addition to radio communications.  We need your assistance in communicating that social media should not replace calling 9-1-1 for emergencies, but may supplement the useful information we are able to obtain during emergencies that help improve our response. 

You can practice your social media skills by finding us at our page on Facebook, Twitter and our training videos on YouTube.  Use the links in the left hand bar to connect with our pages.  On Twitter, use the search "#KitUpdate" in order to see our regular posts on suggestions for updating your kit.  Social media is only as useful as the content we create, so if you have suggestions for what we should post in order to make the content relevant and informative, please email cert@anaheim.net. 

CERT/RACES Welcome Committee

As you know, it is a challenging multi-step process to become a volunteer for the CERT or RACES program.  We want to make sure that those who have shown interest in volunteering not only have a friendly face to introduce them to others at the meetings, but also to call and follow up to ensure that background checks, classes, etc. are getting done to successfully become a volunteer.

Please let me know if you are interested in being on the CERT/RACES Welcome Committee.  You will be assigned an interested potential volunteer and will encourage to help them follow up on records processing and meet them at a meeting to introduce them to others as well as their assigned CERT team.  Email cert@anaheim.net for your new volunteer assignment!
CERT Meeting Schedule
The CERT Meeting Schedule is subject to change.  Please confirm in advance of the meeting.

January 10, 2012
Host: Magnolia School District & Schweitzer School Teams
Captain:  Cheryl Blount & Lori Diaz
Topic: Triage & First Aid
Location: TBD

February 14, 2012
Host:  Hampton, Chain, Gain
Captain:  Jack & Allyson Baligad
Topic:  Get to know your neighbors and compass training
Location:  Anaheim CERT Training Room

March 13, 2012
Host: Temple Beth Emet
Captain:  Jerry & Eva Silverman
Topic:  CPR/AED
Location:  Anaheim CERT Training Room

April 10, 2012
Host:  Stoddard Park
Captain:  Barry Gilbert
Topic:  Communications/Radios
Location:  Anaheim CERT Training Room

May 8, 2012
Host:  Ronald Reagan Park
Captain:  Frank Lansner
Topic:  Household Emergency Kit Supplies & Equipment
Location:  Anaheim CERT Training Room

June 12, 2012
Host:  Modjeska Park
Captain:  Russ Farrell
Topic:  Managing Donations & Spontaneous Volunteers
Location:  Modjeska Park

July 10, 2012
Team Host Needed

August 3, 2012
National Night Out

September 11, 2012
Host:  Eucalyptus Park
Captain:  Jim Wainwright
Topic:  Terrorism
Location:  Anaheim CERT Training Room

October 9, 2012
Team Host Needed

November 13, 2012
Team Host Needed

December 11, 2012
Holiday Pot Luck



Mary Jo Flynn
City of Anaheim Fire Dept.