SGV PLANNING GROUP DISASTER PREPARATION COMMITTEE
David Fisher, Chair
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO BE PREPARED?
We in the Planning Group are leading the way in reaching out to all Valley residents and asking everyone we know, to put aside Jan 21 & Jan 28 to take part in our community Disaster preparation Training, called CERT. All major Valley Organizations are getting behind this outreach campaign and supporting our families, friends, neighbors and fellow organization members to come out for this exciting event. The preparation training is led by friendly, skilled and caring Marin County Fire Dept. Instructors. A neighbor of mine said there was a real feeling of Community and caring, and lots of practical learning. She is considering taking it again with her Husband! We are planning on having at least 10 residents from each of the four Villages. So Far, Lagunitas leads the way with 8 residents registered. Congratulations. It’s two Saturdays, Jan. 21 and Jan 28 in Nicasio. On the last Saturday, plan to join us at a celebratory community BBQ sponsored by the SGV Planning Group. Invite your neighbors and remember to tell them there is a $30 fee per person.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE
WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR
David Fisher, Chair, SGVPG Disaster Preparedness Committee
Our Planning Group Steering Committee voted in June 2011 to research the Valley’s preparedness in case of a disaster. This action is consistent with one of our Planning Group goals: To empower the Community Plan. Our charge was to assess the present level of preparedness, formulate an action plan, and implement the Plan.
TAKE THE CERT PROGRAM
- We formed a four person committee made up of representatives from each of the Valley Villages.
- We hosted a Valley meeting led by Fire Chief, Ken Massucco and staff. We learned that residents need to support themselves in the 1st hour/days of a disaster and that residents are apathetic and unprepared.
- We designed a program called CERT 40. We intend to have at least ten residents from each of our four villages take the Civilian Emergency Response Training. (See calendar).
- We connected with the CERT officials, Maggie Lang representing Marin Co. and Libby Coleman, the West Marin Disaster Council Coordinator, in order to update the Co. Website, so everyone can now register on line for this really helpful program. www.marincotycert.org
- We reached out to all Valley Organizations who willingly gave access to their email lists to encourage their members to participate in the All Valley Nicasio CERT Training on Jan 21, Jan 28.
- We enrolled 23 people so far. The $30/person fee can be paid online or by mail in checks.
SUPPORT THE PREPAREDNESS LEVEL OF THE 3 VALLEY DISASTER SHELTERS
- We created a working relationship with the volunteer member of the SG Valley Disaster Council responsible for providing supplies to the 3 Valley Shelters: St. Cecelia’s Church, Lagunitas, Presbyterian Church, San Geronimo, and Woodacre Improvement Club, Woodacre.
- We are supporting this volunteer in making site visits, assessing inventory needs, helping to stock the shelters and making sure the protocols are updated and useable.
HOSTING A MEETING TO COORDINATE AND UPDATE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR USE OF THE GYM AS A FOURTH SHELTER IN OUR VALLEY
- We contacted LSD Business Manager, the Director of the SGVCC and staff and determined it would be useful to hold a meeting of all parties to achieve a level of coordination and communication so all in the community can be informed as to where to go and what to do in times of a Disaster.
- We contacted a Red Cross Representative whose job it is to support start up community shelters. He is the Red Cross liaison to FEMA, has extensive experience in setting up shelters and will attend.
- We contacted Woodacre Fire Battalion Capt. Bill Vieira, who provides support to community disaster preparation organizations. Bill Vieira will be attending.
- We contacted Libby Coleman, West Marin Area Disaster Council Coordinator, who will be providing our community advice on community support of a Shelter.
We wish to thank all the volunteers and members of the Disaster Preparation Community for their support in helping us to raise the level of preparedness for all San Geronimo Valley residents… we have more to accomplish before we can declare: We Are Prepared!