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Left to right:  Brian Kramer, CalFire Engineer Brian Hodo, Pat Landis, Jan Payne, Firefighter Dallas Tinsman, Sheana Fry, Firefighter Anthony Rossetti, Cathy Ozbun, Kathy Payne, Les Turner, Greg Hidley, Ron Ozbun

March 6, 2015 (Julian)—Julian Cuyamaca Fire Department  CERT and RED CROSS have partnered to develop a Disaster Action Team (DAT) to serve San Diego County back country. Disaster Action Team volunteers are the heart of American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. DAT members respond immediately to a disaster when called by emergency dispatch. The eight volunteers in the photo were trained on March 5th how to assess the scope of the damage, meet with the affected family or families to determine their immediate disaster-related needs, and ensure that those needs are met. Depending upon individual requirements, the Red Cross can provide assistance in the form of secure shelter, food, clothing, medical needs and mental health counseling.

Over the past five years Red Cross has trained over 50 local residents from Julian, Shelter Valley and Warner Springs as Shelter Workers and at least half are still active Red Cross volunteers. What this means is:

  1. If there is an incident that damages or destroys a single home (fire, quake, or other natural disaster), a Disaster Action Team will arrive within 3 hours to assist the residents with the needs that may include temporary shelter, food, clothing and money.
  2. If a disaster requires evacuations, Red Cross may establish a Temporary Evacuation Point and provide a Canteen with water and snacks.
  3. When necessary to assist a large number of residents evacuated or displaced from their homes for a day or more, Red Cross will set up a Shelter where food, health and mental health services, and basic needs will be met.
  4. When support is requested by law enforcement or fire services, Red Cross will provide a Canteen and food for first responders and volunteers. This occurred at a recent search and rescue attempt north of Warner Springs.
  5. When communications are affected by a disaster, Red Cross will provide communications that may even include satellite operations. 

In all of these situations, local residents who have become trained Red Cross volunteers will be boots on the ground to assist the Red Cross quickly and efficiently.

If you are interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer, contact: http://www.redcross.org/ca/san-diego/volunteer



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.. the sad news is the OLD CERT Team trained all those Red Cross Volunteers. They were not politically correct so were kicked out in favor of a NEW CERT Team. The good news is the OLD team is still active and part of a new CERT Council formed as the OLD CERT Council, sponsored by County Office of Emergency Services was not as pro active as they wanted. ( I know, you can't believe San Diego County anything is not pro active. I mean it only took them from 1976 till a few years ago to re-form a County Fire Something, and, they are spending a massive $15 million a year on it. How many millions did they spend on that water park in downtown San Diego recently?) Anyway, CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

The Old cert team did not

The Old cert team did not train those Red Cross volunteers, Red Cross trained them as they trained the new DAT Team members that will be serving our community.

"They were not politically correct so were kicked out in favor of a NEW CERT Team." This is not true, they did not follow the rules and were not properly running the CERT group according to proper procedures and they were not kicked out. They quit! They would not follow the rules and choose to quit rather than follow the guidelines for running the program.

The JCFPD CERT program is being run the way it was meant to be ran and is working to prepare our community to better take care of themselves and neighbors in time of disaster.