Bodega Bay CERT Newsletter - April 2022
BB CERT WELCOMES STAN HARKNESS AS TREASURER
Stan Harkness of Bodega Harbour was elected to the BB CERT Board of Directors and accepted the duties of Treasurer, succeeding Linda Marks. The Treasurer serves a crucial role, tasked with keeping the organization’s financial practices in good order. Stan is retired from government service and enjoys a good challenge. Welcome aboard, Stan!
EIGHT RECEIVE FIRST AID TRAINING
Eight local volunteers received First Aid / CPR / AED training on March 12, at the Grange. We are thankful for the firefighters / paramedics from the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District who provided the training and certification by the American Heart Association. BB CERT encourages as many people as possible to learn basic lifesaving skills, such as CPR and “stop the bleed.”
READY AT THE COAST -- MAY 14
Sonoma County Fire District and Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services are partnering with BB CERT to host Sonoma Ready at the Coast, happening at the Bodega Bay Grange from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 14. The event, open to all, aims to promote neighborhood preparedness, provide information and materials for personal and household disaster preparedness, and recruit volunteers for neighborhood disaster response. Displays, speakers, giveaways, and more are planned. Bring your family and neighbors! For more information, see: https://socoemergency.org/event/sonoma-ready-at-the-coast-sonoma-listo-en-las-cosotas/
SHAKE OUT ON APRIL 18
Sonoma County will hold a drill at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 18, to practice what to do in case a massive earthquake hits. Schools, businesses, first responders, radio stations, and government offices will participate, along with other County residents to prepare for “the big one.” Be informed. Be ready. For more information, go to: www.SoCoEmergency.org/Get-Ready
Bodega Bay CERT Stars in Tsunami
George Flores and Dewey Kribs from Bodega Bay CERT are featured in materials about Tsunami awareness produced by Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services. The posters and videos are in both English and Spanish, and are being displayed on the Sonoma County website, at other locations, and at upcoming events. See them here:
BAY FLAT OPEN HOUSE SUCCESS
The Bay Flat neighborhood emergency shed was the focus of an open house held on March 26. Hosted by Patty Flugum and Lee Ritchey, the open house attracted 16 participants, three of whom expressed interest in becoming Ham radio operators. Patty gave an informative presentation on the two-pack system for search and rescue. We look forward to seeing open houses at more neighborhood emergency sheds in the future.
BB CERT AT FISHERMAN’S FESTIVAL
BB CERT will have a booth and display, and Hams will patrol the fair grounds at the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival, April 30 and May 1. CERT team members and Ham radio operators are being asked to volunteer for service. Interested Hams should contact Lee Ritchey, and CERTs should contact George Flores for more information.
BB CERT STILL NEEDS YOU
We are calling on all CERTs, Hams, and shed volunteers in the area to consider serving on the CERT Board. The Board of Directors meets regularly to guide the activities of our non-profit organization. We are also calling on our other good neighbors to become CERT trained, and / or shed volunteers. While most neighborhoods have 3 or more volunteers ready to serve in the event of a disaster, a few neighborhoods currently have none or just one person. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact any CERT Board member, or send a message to: bodegabayCERT94923@gmail.com