Alaska has more earthquakes than any other state. They recently suffered a 7.0 quake that rocked their infrastructure. Preparation makes a difference.
During the most recent wildfires in California the only reliable means of communication was still via amateur radio. You can take the technician class and get your entry level license to get on the air. Classes are available starting in January through two of our local clubs.
MartinezCERT volunteers were among a diverse community of organizations that attended a workshop on October 23 about the Contra Costa Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD, pronounced VO-ad), one of several county and area VOADs in California. We share some of our meeting notes.
Our October meeting was a treat: a visit to our nearby Station 14 Firehouse, with a tour by Keld Lausten. We learned many amazing things, including the many handy tools behind the multitude of doors on a ladder or pump truck, that a volume of water turns into 1400 times that volume in steam (explosive!), and that cancer is a big problem for firefighters.
We had the opportunity to tour our local Andeavor and Shell Refineries earlier this month.
Our team of faithful volunteers headed off to clean up and restore order to our emergency response and supplies trailers.
Our Stop the Bleed training went very well! Ron Shuman, our main instructor, was pleased at how engaged we were with our questions and our hands-on work.
CERT offers an abbreviated training in Spanish, Preparacion Para Desastres Y Emergencias, called Listos. It's a basic emergency and disaster readiness public education program for Spanish-speaking populations with a grass-roots approach.
This is an exciting time to meet neighbors and encourage their participation by talking with them about safety and disaster preparation. We're at four different locations. Join us?
Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone is injured.