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Clovis CERT. How the Cadre Was Built. Citizen Volunteers. Quality vs. Quantity Meaningful “Stuff to Do” Capitalizing on Volunteer Interest or innate skills sets It’s not just about disasters It is about partnerships. CERT. Community Benefits: Year round support through volunteer programs

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clovis cert

Clovis CERT

How the Cadre Was Built

citizen volunteers
Citizen Volunteers
  • Quality vs. Quantity
  • Meaningful “Stuff to Do”
  • Capitalizing on Volunteer Interest or innate skills sets
  • It’s not just about disasters
  • It is about partnerships
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CERT
  • Community Benefits:
    • Year round support through volunteer programs
    • Reduces burden on first responder services by promoting mitigation and preparedness measures
    • Creates well trained, better informed, and better prepared citizens to take care of themselves and others during times of crisis -- allowing first responders to address the most critical needs
fire extinguisher training
Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Farmers Market
    • Collaboration with Chamber of Commerce. . FREE!
    • Eight Friday evenings from June – September
    • Public Information re: CERT and fire extinguisher training for kids
heat wave support
Heat Wave Support
  • Staffed for 5 nights from 5 – 10pm in collaboration with Senior Services Division
  • Results
    • Provided relief for 15 people displaced by the extreme heat
    • Made over 160 phone calls to special needs citizens to ensure they had adequate cooling and were staying hydrated
downtown electrical parade 12 03 11
Downtown Electrical Parade 12/03/11
  • 12 Members in collaboration with PD
    • Assignments: Traffic control, parade route crowd control, barricade placement, transport to PD Command Center
sand bagging
Sand Bagging
  • Staffed for two nights in collaboration with Public Utilities
    • 1/3/08 – 19 members
    • 1/4/08 – 12 members
    • 1600 bags created over two nights
    • Assignments: filling, loading, distribution to residents, traffic control
mass care shelter trailer
Mass Care/Shelter Trailer
  • Support for 200
  • Blankets, Cots, Care Kits
  • Supplied consistent with ARC requirements and MOU drafted for deployment out of area by ARC
emergency assistance unit
Emergency Assistance Unit
  • CERT personnel trained in collaboration with ARC
  • On-Scene Victim Support
    • Clothing
    • Child essentials
  • Hydration
  • SCBA bottles
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2008-2009

2010
  • StormReady Certification – 1st in the Valley (1/14/08) in collaboration with NWS
    • 10 CERT members trained as part of certification
  • Station 1 Opening (1/26/08)
    • Public Education Booth
  • Joint MCI Exercise w/ Sacramento CERT (4/19 – 4/20)
  • 22 Presidential Service Awards for members with 1,000 hours of service
  • Victims
    • 12 for an MCI drill October 2007
    • 10 for evacuation drill 3/26/08
  • CERT graduates come back to design and proctor full-scale exercises at the end of every subsequent CERT class
  • Total Volunteer Hours = 8,689
  • Teen CERT program graduated 42 students at CART
  • Responded to 4 house fires with EAU support
  • Graduated 30 basic CERT members
  • 12 personnel certified in CPR/AED
  • Provided $200 scholarship to one Teen CERT graduate
  • Performed 5 training exercises
  • Rehabilitated arson destroyed playground
how why does it work
How/Why does it Work?
  • Strong Leadership Team comprised of volunteers that hold each other accountable
  • Disaster Services Supervisor gets out of the way
  • Sense of Community is already strong in Clovis
  • COLLABORATION WITH OUR LOCAL PARTNERS
    • Be creative
    • Think about joining forces and blurring boundaries
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