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Newsletter - September 2022

FORGING A RELATIONSHIP WITH A NEW PARTNER

Sonoma County Fire District took over local fire and emergency medical service operations from Bodega Bay Fire Protection District on July 1, 2022, and designated Bodega Bay as Station 10. A team that includes former BBFPD Chief Sean Grinnell is working to outline how to support and incorporate CERT partners throughout the District. Division Chief / Fire Marshall Cyndi Foreman, and Karen Hancock, Community Outreach Specialist, are now the designated points of contact for BB CERT.


BB CERT MOBILE UNIT

Did you know that BB CERT keeps a trailer stocked by the American Red Cross with emergency supplies to shelter and prepare food for evacuees during a disaster? Recently, Red Cross volunteers demonstrated the trailer’s capabilities to an audience of BB CERT volunteers. The trailer is permanently stationed in Bodega Bay and is reserved for local use.


REVITALIZING BODEGA HARBOUR

Bodega Harbour was the first neighborhood in Bodega Bay to establish teams of disaster volunteers and sheds stocked with emergency supplies. Now, more than 20 years later, the teams of volunteers and the sheds themselves are in need of revitalization. Several sheds are in disrepair, and all need attention to emergency supplies management. Ellen Robb, Chris Stoessel, Tom Petek, Ed Witts, John Rymer, and Rod Moore have been instrumental in the effort. Great work, team!


OPEN HOUSE AT OSPREY SHED SEPTEMBER 10 AT 10:00AM

Anyone interested in learning about CERT and shed operations is invited to stop by. This shed is located near the Short Tail Gulch trail head.


HAMS AT THE READY

Fifteen to 20 local Ham radio operators practice throughout the year every Tuesday evening at 7:00PM in the Bodega Bay CERT Net. This group is ready to perform as a vital emergency communications link during a major disaster that has crippled other means of communications. Experienced local Hams help to prepare volunteers for the FCC Ham exam. Hams, and volunteers interested in becoming HAM radio operators, should contact Lee Ritchey for more information: lritchey49@aol.com


FIRST AID AND CPR PRESENTATION

A one hour presentation on the basics of First Aid and CPR is being offered in Mill Valley at 6:00PM on September 29. This is NOT a certificated course. To register, see: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ejcoqzugd76e1131&oseq=&c=&ch=


PETALUMA ANNUAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR

Sunday, September 25, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at Walnut Park in Petaluma, Boy Scout Troop 9, will be joined by Petaluma Police and Fire, FEMA, Coast Guard, Halter Project, Sonoma County EMS, and others to offer timely information, give demonstrations, emergency supply giveaways, and more, in both English and Spanish.


A PREPAREDNESS STAR!

BB CERT Board Member Julie Atwood penned a timely new article, “Staying Prepared in the Era of the Mega-Event,” for the Sonoma County Gazette. Check it out:

https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/staying-prepared-in-the-era-of-the-mega-event/. In addition, if you have pets or other animals, check out HalterProject.org for emergency preparedness tips and resources.


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 just one or two volunteers. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact any CERT Board member, or send a message to: bodegabayCERT94923@gmail.com


SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

Make a plan. Build a kit. Know your exit routes. Teach youth. For more information:

https://www.ready.gov/september#:~:text=National%20Preparedness%20Month%20is%20an,could%20happen%20at%20any%20time.





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