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Add soap and hand sanitizer to your kit.  Flu season is approaching and the best way to stay healthy is to wash your hands.  Soap, water and washing for 20 seconds is your best bet to beat the flu.  When soap and water are unavailable, alcohol based hand sanitizers will do the trick.

Also, visit us on Friday, October 19 for a FREE Flu Shot between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM at Anaheim First Christian Church, 520 W. South Street.
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October 2012

Welcome to the Volunteer E-Update; your monthly update on activities for the CERT, RACES and Fire Corps programs.
This Month...
October 3: CERT Training Class (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM) Assistance is needed in setting up the morning skills areas and final drill scenario for the CERT training class.  It is very important we have a large number of volunteers for the afternoon drill who are willing to serve as role-play victims. RSVP: RSVP CERT Training

October 4: Business Resiliency Workshop (7:30 AM to Noon) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Free parking.  Volunteers are needed to assist with registration and guiding individuals from the Parking lot to the workshop room location.  RSVP: RSVP Business Workshop Assistance

October 6
City County RACES Drill  More information TBA

October 12: Point of Dispensing Training (2:00-4:00 PM) Anaheim First Christian Church, 520 W. South Street.  Please attend this training if you plan on assisting during the October 19 Flu POD exercise.  RSVP:  RSVP Point of Dispensing Volunteer

October 18The Great California ShakeOut
Be sure to register on www.shakeout.org as a participant

October 19Point of Dispensing (POD) Exercise Volunteers needed to assist during the exercise in directing the public through the flu clinic.  Deadline to RSVP to participate is October 8.  Please use the RSVP link above.

Looking Ahead...

November 6: Presidential Election Polling Coverage (8:00 to 11:00 PM)
Assistance is needed for ballot collections traffic control and radio communications at two locations in Anaheim: Canyon Hills Library and Anaheim Police Department.  Please RSVP here to assist:  RSVP Election Ballot Assistance

Depending on selected polling locations, there may be additional need for volunteers at Fire Stations serving as polling sites.  As more information becomes available, we will send out the request.
Point of Dispensing Training
Video Based Training
For those of you willing to assist the POD exercise on October 19, please take a look at the video training provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA)

Point of Dispensing (POD) Overview
Point of Dispensing (POD) Overview

POD General Information
POD General Information

Meeting Schedule Changes
2013 will bring changes to our volunteer meeting schedule

As our volunteer program grows to involve specialized training we will be changing from a monthly meeting format to a new quarterly meeting and training.  Team Captains at each of the team sites will be encouraged to host meetings in non-quarterly meeting months with their local groups.  Additionally, we will host specialized training classes throughout the year, so pay attention to our announcements and City calendar.

This year we will meet as one large group, once a quarter with the following schedule:

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM at North Net Training Center
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Volunteer Recognition and Challenge Coin Ceremony
RACES Coin Save the Date
November 15
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please join us for a recognition of our active volunteers in CERT and RACES.  We wish to honor those who have contributed so much to both programs over the years.  We value your dedication to the program and to the community!  RACES has been providing strong leadership for 60 years and CERT iCERT Coins leading the way in community preparedness with 20 years of service.  Help us recognize these program milestones!

Please save the date for our 2012 Volunteer Recognition and Challenge Coin ceremony commemorating the 60th and 20th anniversaries of our volunteer programs.

Mary Jo Flynn
City of Anaheim Fire Dept.