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IN THE EVENT OF A CATASTROPHIC DISASTER, THE SAN BERNADINO FIRE DEPARTMENT, EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS  AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL RES PONDERS WILL NOT COME....THEY WILL BE DEPLOYED TO AREAS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. THAT IS WHY YOU CONSTANTLY HEAR,

 "BE PREPARED!"

Next Fundraiser

 You are cordially invited to our first fundraiser this year. A Spaghetti Dinner. We have the most talented chef cooking this year. Her sauce is magnificent. No, she won't give out her recipe. She is saving it just for MBCERT. We are sure you will enjoy the Dinner.


Date and location coming soon



CERT NEWS

We had some company at the Firehouse #35 where we park the Rehab Van. They were not invited they just showed up. What's that saying? "When the cats away the mice will play." Well they did. The rats managed to eat throw the hoses on the Van. However, We had  a couple of nice folks that stepped up to help us get the van running again. 🙂Thank you so much.  Can we fix it? 


The Next piece of NEWS is that we were selected for Two Grants one from the Elks Lodge and one from the Town of Yucca Valley. A big thank you goes out to them. 🙂🙂👍


Don't forget VALENTINES DAY!😍

Annoucements

Our Star volunteer

Our Star Volunteer

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A big congratulations goes out to our two  volunteers. Micheal Lawrence and Barbara Harpster who put in, many hours of selfless dedication,  to CERT and have proven to be voted in as our first "Volunteers of the Year in 2017". This was the first year the board decided to give out an award  and we could not have chosen any better. 

Certifications

signing  for tags

 It was a big event because these Certification tags were a long time coming for some Certs. We celebrated  this joyful event at SIZZLERS restaurant in their conference room. There was a group of Certs that were re-certified too. John Ferdon gave out the tags. He is  our new Office of Emergence Services [OES - for short] John Ferdon and He has been assigned to the CERTS organizations in San Bernadino County. 

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WHO WE ARE!

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WE ARE PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU.

"CERT", as it is called, is short for "Community Emergency Responce Team".  Each CERT person is organized and trained in accordance with standard operating procedures developed by the sponsoring agency which, in our case, is San Bernadino County, the largest county in California. We are located in the "Inland Empire'' section, of the lower south-eastern  part of California. Yes, we are in the desert, it is a sparsely populated area with a cluster of small towns and horse farms.

The CERT Program can provide an effective first-response capability. Acting as individuals first, then later as members of teams.  Being so rural, we have different challenges than the people who live in a big city like Los Angeles. 

Disasters come in all sizes?

When a “Disaster” strikes, such as, damage caused by earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires and/or flooding. The devastation caused by a natural disaster of such magnitude, would probably encompass a large area and, most people would agree that each of these events, would impact every one of us in some way. However, an accident caused by man, such as a gas explosion, oil truck accident, train or plane wreck, would these events affect us?  The answer is yes, remember, disasters come in all sizes. Can we agree that a disaster affects more than just us? Since everyone, in some ways, is affected, from government services to private businesses, to civic activities and to ourselves. Any one of these can weigh heavily on our emergency response resources.This  could create a larger situation, by damaged roads, or train rails, bridges  or disrupted communications can any or all of these restrict the access of emergency responses?  Yes, when communications, or transportation, and/or, utilities are affected, these will compromise the professional emergency resources to many individuals or neighborhoods resulting in them to be cut off from outside support. To have any of these  compromised means someone or a whole neighberhood may be without help for somewhere in the time frame of one to three days. In some cases, it has been recorded that some individuals and neighborhood’s have been without food, water, first-aid, fire protection and shelter for up to three weeks or even longer. It is without question that, an individuals preparedness, planning, knowledge of survival skills, and mutual co-operation  within our neighborhoods and work places will have an affect during this initial period and is essential for coping with the aftermath of a disaster. What you do today, will have a critical impact on the quality of your survival and your ability to help others safely and effectively. Emergency services personnel such as a trained CERT are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies when the professionals are not available. Following a catastrophic disaster you and the community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, and inpassable roads, whether it is caused by a natural event or from something man made. Your CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Your CERT training can make a difference when emergency service personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can. 

                       

What else do Certs do?

The Cert's are also trained to set up what is called a staging area. This is where the fire department and other services will interact with CERTs. Having a centralized contact point makes it possible to communicate damage assessments and allocate volunteer resources more effectively. This is true for all CERTs, whether active in a neighborhood, workplace, school, college/university campus, or other venue.

Damage from disasters may vary considerably from one location to another. ln an actual disaster, Cert members are taught to assess their own needs and the needs of those in their immediate environment first.

CERT members who encounter no need in their immediate area then report to their staging area, where they take on assigned roles based on overall area needs. Members who find themselves in a heavily affected location send runners to staging areas to get help from available resources. Ham and other radio links also may be used to increase communication capabilities and coordination. Certs are also trained to

extinguish small fires, turn off the natural gas lines at a damaged home. They are also taught how to perform a light search and rescue, and render basic medical treatment. CERTs also act as effective "eyes and ears" for uniformed emergency responders. Trained volunteers also offer an important potential workforce to service organizations in non-hazardous functions such as shelter support, crowd control, and evacuation.

lf available, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies. Following a catastrophic disaster, however, you and the community may be on your own for a period of time. Either because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, or unpassable roads. CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. It is because the emergency services personnel may not be able to help everyone immediately. You can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property.  This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and do the greatest good for the greatest number of people in the least amount of time. (our moto)  



 

THE CERT TRAINING ACADEMY

TRAINING AT THE ACADEMY

TRAINING ACADEMY

CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself first and then be able to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster, because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately. You can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property.  This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster.  If you just want to have the knowledge for you, your family and your neighbors That's Great! However, with additional training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and others, in other areas of the community. If you decide to train more and become part of the San Bernadino County, Offices of Emergence Services that training is also offered, after the basic training. After passing those courses you will be given a card to carry from OES. That enables you to become more active in "Fire Corps". Fire Corps is divided into four divisions, one of which is CERT. Fire Corps also has Fire Rehab, Communications and ESS of which you may become apart of.

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SOME OF WHAT IS TAUGHT

Overall Course Objectives in the Basic course


Upon completing this course, the participants will be able to: 

1. Describe the types of hazards 

2. Prepare themselves and their families for a disaster.

3. Describe the functions of Certs 

4. identify and reduce potential fire hazards 

5. Work as a team.

6. Apply techniques for opening airways, controlling excessive bleeding, and treating for shock.

7. Conduct triage under simulated disaster conditions.

8. Perform head{o-toe patient assessments.

9. Select and set up a treatment area.

10. Employ basic treatments for various injuries and apply splints to suspected fractures and sprains.

11. identify planning and size up requirements for potential search and rescue and describe the most common techniques for searching a structure.  12.Work as a team to apply safe techniques for debris removal and victim extrication.

13. Describe ways to protect rescuers during search and rescue operations.

14. Describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that rescuers can take to relieve their own stress and those of disaster survivors.

15. Describe CERT organization and documentation requirements.

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WHY TAKE THE COURSE?

WHY TAKE THE CERT TRAINING? You ask? Well, it’s like paying for insurance. You might never need it, in fact you hope you won’t. But, if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having insurance. Having  CERT Basic Training means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and those in your neighborhood in an emergency situation. Class members receive 30 hours of initial training and it is FREE of charge because we think your safety is so important.  

CERT classes are given by the Certified trainers who are dedicated and believe that the more you are trained the better off you will be. When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your immediate circumstances without needing aid from outside sources. You are encouraged to take CERT training for: Yourself, Your family, Your workplace, and Your neighborhood. It is well worth  your time. And, CERT Classes Are FREE! 

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CAN I GET INVOLVED?

Above are recent graduates taking their oath to serve.


We are a community-based, all volunteer organization focused on helping make our world around us a better and safer place. We teach the Adult Basic Cert Course to individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. The person has to be at least 18 years of age for the Regular Course however, we do offer the Teen Cert course for Teen's between 14 yrs to 17 years of age  If you want to take the course full of valuable information for yourself and your family. That is GREAT! If you decide to become part of the Emergency Services, there are a couple more classes you would have to take and It also requires you take and pass a back round check.


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WHEN ARE THE CLASSES ?

 Above is a student getting his certificate of completion

 

Full Basic training classes are offered  two times a year, usually in the spring and again in the fall.  The classes can run on different schedules depending on the demand. The classes are one day a week or two days a week for up to tweleve weeks. We also offer a weekend classes if the demand is there. Recently, we added a shorten version of the training for small groups such as Senior Living Centers, businesses or perhaps for citizens living in a Mobile Home Park if they can get a group  together of at least eight people.

We also, with the help of our tireless staff, organize fundraisers, exciting community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for our volunteers.  

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HOW CAN I SIGN UP?

Meet Carl Angdahl, he is the training  coordinator. 


 

contact:

Carl Angdahl at crangdahl@earthlink.net  or phone 562.822.4928 or

760.365.4424 



MORE TO COME


  






So, if are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the TEAM!

contact:   SANDY:

MBCERT-sandyball@outlook.com

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SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE

Spring 2018 Weekly Class

 

March 6 FROM 6pm - 9pm ** 

1] Introduction & Disaster Preparedness


March 13 FROM 6pm - 9pm**

2] Fire Safety and Utility Control  


March 20 FROM 6pm - 9pm**

3] Dsaster Medical Operations - Part 1  


March 27 FROM 6pm - 9pm**

4] Disaster Medical Operations - Part 2  


April 3 FROM 6pm-9pm **

3 & 4] Disaster Medical Operations Exercises  


April 10 FROM 6pm - 9pm **

5] Light Search and Rescue  


April 17 FROM 6pm - 9pm **

5] Light Search and Rescue Exercises  


April 24 FROM 6pm - 9pm **

6] CERT Organization & Documentation    


May 1 FROM 6pm - 9pm **

7] Disaster Psychology and Table Exercise  


May 8 FROM 6pm - 9pm **

8] Terrorism Awareness and Review  


May 15 FROM 6pm - 9pm ** All Exam/Practical Exercise/Graduation  


Below are Required for CERT Certification  


May 22 FROM 6pm - 9pm ** IS-100 Incident Command System  


May 29 FROM 6pm - 9pm ** IS-700 National Incident Management System  


June 5 FROM 6pm - 9pm ** OES CERT Swearing In, Certifications  


**Class Location = Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 59077 Yucca Trail Yucca Valley, CA 92284     **Student applications for this class may be obtained on our website @ morongobasincert.org

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OUR STAFF

Our liaison from the San Bernadino Offices of Emergency Services

John Ferdon is new to us. He is going to deal with just the CERTS in San Bernadino County. 

Our liaison from the San Bernadino Fire Department Battalion Chief Micheal Snow

Battalion Chief Michael Snow from the San Bernadino Fire Dept. Station ** in Yucca VAlley. "The Chief" as we lovingly call him as been with CERT since it's inception, somewhere in 2008, 2009, definitely in 2010. And, we have been growing ever since. The Chief is going to be retiring soon. He wants to travel with his wife. It's well deserved, CHIEF. We just want you to know that CERT will be forever grateful. 

Our liaison to the San Bernadino Offices of Emergency Services

Nancy Guinn is our representative to San Bernadino County. She goes to all the County Meetings that incorporate information for the 

CERT program/organization here in the Morongo Basin


The Training Coordiator

About Carl R. Angdahl, Morongo Basin CERT Training Coordinator

Carl lived most of his life in Southern California.He and his wife Anita have four adult children, 11 grandkids and 2 great grandkids. Graduated from Lakewood High School, in Lakewood, CA anf joined the US Navy in 1959, doing a tour of active duty from 1961 until 1963, with 13 months aboard USS Mathews AKA96, 6 of those in Vietnam, and 11 months at Coronado Amphibious Base, San Diego, CA. Carl worked in City of Long Beach as a Draftsman in City Engineer’s Office. Transferring to Long Beach Water Department as Senior Engineering Technician, in charge of water main, water service and fire service designs, survey and inspection until retirement in December 1996. Carl  transferred from US Navy Supply Department as an E5 to US Army Engineering Corps in 1981 as a Cartographer, becoming a Certified Instructor, supervising 11 other instructors in Cartography, Front Line Deployment and Terrorist Awareness with 6th US Army, officially retiring in 2002 as Master Sergeant, E8. In 2007, he built his house and moved to Yucca Valley in 2008. 


Carl has been a Certified CERT since 2011 and Certified CERT Instructor since 2012, trained in many aspects of the program. I’ve been a member of the California Volunteer Disaster Corps since 2012 and a Life Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks as Youth Activities, Dictionary, Hoop Shoot, Scouting and uniformed escort team Chairman. Carl transports US Marines, and their families in his private vehicle from the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center to Palm Springs and Ontario Airports. Also, to the Amtrak and Greyhound Depots and back, under the Soldiers Organized Services (SOS) program. He is on the Board of Management for the Armed Services YMCA on the Marine Corps base.He is a member of the National Rifle Association, California Rifle & Pistol Associations and, the Boy Scouts. Carl describes himself as an intermediate wood worker, and currently building a miniature outdoor railroad in his yard.








OUR INSTRUCTORS

FIRST AID

JOE GERUSA

MEDICAL

DARYAL PAGUE

PRACTICLES

STEVE BALL

ALL SECTIONS

CARL ANGDAHL

DOCUMENTATION

NANCY GUINN

DISASTER PHYCHOLOGY

SANDY BALL

Fire Rehab

Bill Bukley is our Fire Rehabilitation Director

Fire Rehab Van






OUR BOARD

OUR PRESIDENT

STEPHEN T. BALL

VICE PRESIDENT

RICHARD HAYS

OUR TREASURER

BOB RICHES

RECORDING SECRETARY

SHERRY  KENDALL

PUBLIC RELATIONS

MIGUEL ALSOP

SECRETARY / WEBMASTER

SANDRA A BALL

OUR SUPPORTERS

Elks Lodge

Food 4 Less

Southern California Edison

Sizzlers Restaurant

Sunset Rotary

Town of Yucca Valley

Walmart

Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce

Yucca Valley Ford

Donate

We are dedicated to teaching the people in our community  how to prepare for the next disaster that hits our area. Our goal is to improve their chances for survival by preparing ahead of time. But, we cannot do it alone. Your contribution today helps us make a difference. We are a Non-Profit that relies on Grants and Donations to function.  We are strictly a volunteer organization, no one gets paid. All monies are for the organization only.

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you, so feel free to drop us a line. If you have Questions or if you just want to tell us how we're doing. 


If you want to enroll in school

                     write to:  

Carl Angdahl at crangdahl@earthlink.net  or phone 562.822.4928 or

760.365.4424

Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team

57552 29 Palm Hwy., Unit 126, Yucca Valley, California 92284 or

MBCERTsandyball@ outlook.com or call (760) 713-1683