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Bodega Bay CERT Newsletter - February 2022

FIRST AID / CPR / AED TRAINING -- NEW DATE

First Aid / CPR / AED training for local CERTs, HAMS, and neighborhood shed volunteers will now take place on Saturday, March 12, at the Grange. This is a hybrid course (combo online and in-person) approved by the American Heart Association. The online portion must be completed before taking the hands-on portion. Course details will be provided to applicants applicants who send an e-mail stating their interest to: bodegabayCERT94923@gmail.com

ANIMALS IN DISASTER PROGRAM

Bodega Bay CERT Director and HALTER Project Founder-Director Julie Atwood presented an online workshop on February 7 on Animals in Disaster. BB CERT thanks Julie for this important and timely presentation. Pets, equines, backyard farm animals, commercial livestock, and wildlife were all discussed. Materials will be placed on our website.


GOODBYE AND THANK YOU, DEWEY AND LINDA

After years of invaluable volunteer service to the Bodega Bay community, BB CERT Board members Dewey Kribs and Linda Mark are moving away. Among his many roles, Dewey has done yeoman work training and coordinating Ham radio operations in Bodega Bay and at Fisherman’s Festival, while Linda has served in various capacities including Secretary and Treasurer of BB CERT. We thank you both for your generous community spirit and wish you all the best.


BB CERT NEEDS YOU

According to the 2020 census, Bodega Bay’s resident population is declining; but the need for disaster preparedness and response is as great as ever. Recent departures have left BB CERT with six Board members, down from nine a year ago. 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. All skills are needed, including accounting, communications, health care, IT, and logistics. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact any CERT Board member, or send a message to: bodegabayCERT94923@gmail.com



DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EVENT IN BODEGA BAY ON MAY 14

Sonoma County Fire District and Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management are partnaost an area-wide event to promote neighborhood preparedness, provide information and materials for personal and household disaster preparedness, and recruit volunteers for neighborhood preparedness and disaster response. Displays, speakers, gind planned for the event, to be held at the Bodega Bay Grange on Saturday, May 14 (NOTE date change).


NUESTRA COMUNIDAD

The BB CERT Board of Directors recently met with Alma Bowen, Executive Director of Nuestra Comunidad, to discuss our interest in disaster preparedness outreach to and involvement with the sizable local Latino community and with others here that encounter barriers to participation. Alma is well known in Bodega Bay, as Nuestra Comunidad has done outreach during the Waves of Compassion food pantry at the Grange, and as a CERT instructor, she helped to train CERTs here last July. We recognize the need for Spanish speakers in our local volunteer corps, and are pleased that Nuestra Comunidad is seeking support to expand their efforts in this area.


NEW CERT LOGO

CERT volunteer Amelie Hutt re-designed the Bodega Bay CERT logo to a more representative silhouette of where we live. It looks great, right? Thank you, Amelie.

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