Since March 2020, the entire world has been impacted by COVID-19. The impact has been felt no less here on the Sonoma Coast. The rate of infection in our local population is among the highest in the county. Mask-less visitors frequent beaches, trails, and businesses. Many locals are at an age or in a group at higher risk for COVID, though there are no medical services and not even a pharmacy. How we prevent COVID, how it is handled, and how we deal with the economic and emotional impacts that COVID has on coastal communities are the topics of CERT’s February meeting.
During this timely Bodega Bay CERT meeting, COVID @ The Coast, local leaders and experts will discuss:
Who and where is most at risk?
How are people getting tested?
How can you protect yourself and your neighbors?
Does everyone need to get the vaccine, and when will it be available?
What about the economic impact COVID has had on the Bodega Bay area, and how to keep each other healthy and safe as we (hopefully) make the slow shift back to a new normal?
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information: February 8, 2021 at 6: 00 pm Join the Meeting with your computer https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85130009882?pwd=bEVMdnpkUXFSMk5jOGYzNUVWQ0pYZz09 Join the meeting with your phone 1-669-900-9128 or 1-253-215-8782 Meeting ID: 851 3000 9882 / Passcode: 201505
MEET OUR NEW PRESIDENT, GEORGE FLORES. Patty Ginochio who has served as CERT’s president for the past year will be transitioning her role to our new president, George Flores.
Here’s some background about George and his goals in his own words: Growing up around LA, I dreamed of living on the coast. Fortunate to have a good education, I enjoyed several careers: as a family practice physician, a public health officer, and in philanthropy. Moving to Carmet helped me ease into an active retirement, while serving as President of Carmet Mutual Water Company, as a new Trustee of Shoreline Unified School District, and as a member of the Bodega Bay CERT Ham network. My wife Tiffany, is an L&D nurse at Marin General, and my son Kevin is an 8th grader at Tomales. I also have three adult children and four grandchildren.
I’m excited to both learn from and to lead Bodega Bay CERT at this crucial time. Trustworthy, understandable risk communications have never been more important. I aim to guide CERT to inform and involve more local residents and visitors in preparing for disasters, preventing harm, and promoting safe and healthy environments. My goal is to have neighbors and organizations working together to build a well-trained, healthy, and resilient community.
CERT IS REQUESTING FUNDING TO COMPLETE THE EOC PICTURE FOR BBFPD AND THE COMMUNITY. Bodega Bay CERT, a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable organization, is seeking year-end donations. This year we are identifying a specific, much-needed item to be used during a disaster, an interactive smart electronic display. The estimated cost is $8,000.00.
A LARGE INTERACTIVE, SMART DISPLAY FOR THE BODEGA BAY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
The Bodega Bay Fire Protection District (BBFPD) has recently acquired (through a Grant) critical incident visualization software-specifically Geographical Information System (GIS), and a ruggedized, very fast, computer to run it. To complete the BBFPD EOC the District needs a large, smart electronic display of the GIS visualizations to allow problem planning, problem solving and decision making.
SHED CAPTAINS & MANAGERS NEEDED: Bodega Bay CERT is a volunteer organization. In order to maximize the value of the emergency sheds, we need volunteers who are willing to get trained and be available if there is an situation where they are needed. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WANT TO JOIN THE BB CERT BOARD? We are still looking someone willing to volunteer for the Secretary position. Position involves taking notes at our General meetings and keeping us on track! If interested, please email us at info@BodegaBayCERT.org. You would get to work with our current volunteer Board of Directors for Bodega Bay CERT.
ARE YOU PREPARED? Do you have a Disaster Kit in your home or Car? Does your Disaster Kit need to be updated? Now would be an important time to put one together or refresh your kits. If you need help organizing your kit, let us know as we can guide you to be prepared.
ARE YOU DISASTER CERT TRAINED? Have some time on your hands? We are working on providing online courses until the Pandemic allows us to get back together.
In the meantime, you can take the online 2 hour Basic FEMA CERT Course as a first step at: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317.a
IS -100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.c
IS -200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response:
IS-366.A Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-366.a