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RBCERTAA Is Ready for A Disaster
RBCERTAA works closely with the Redondo Beach Fire Department, Safety Commission, Citizen Corp Council and the Medical Reserve Corps to ensure the community is prepared for major emergencies.
RBCERTAA Board Member Helps Save a Life
RBCERTAA Board Member Doug Rodriguez recently related his account of an incident a few years ago. It's an inspiring tale. Read it on our Members' Stories page.
RBFD Academy #50 Graduates - Academy #51 Set for August 21
Recently 23 new CERT members graduated from Academy #50. RBCERTAA would like to congratulate these people for understanding how important it is to be prepared for an emergency.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains people in basic disaster response skills. The Redondo Beach Fire Department encourages residents to enroll in the CERT Academy. BE PREPARED! Enhance your level of readiness. For an application click here. For more information about the content of the Academies, see the Training page.
Beach Cities Health District Funds A Communications Hub
The Beach Cities Health District recently gave RBCERTAA a grant of $4,105 to fund a Communications Hub in our Command Vehicle. We formed a Ham Radio Team to carry out Phase One, purchasing equipment, of this project.
The team presented their recommendations to the Board at the april meeting. The equipment list was approved and the team is now in the process of getting quotes for acquisition. This equipment will create a network that amateur operators can use to get information from the field to the Command Vehicle.
The plan includes a portable cross band repeater that will help us communicate over the hill that separates north Redondo from south Redondo. However, we are still looking for a private party that has a repeater and a designated frequency that will give us permission to use it during a disaster. If you know of someone that we could approach please let us know.
If you want to join the RB CERT Ham Radio Team, contact Nancy Nickels at NancyN@rbcertaa.org.
We Are Growing Our Capabilities and Need Your Help
With the recent donation of a Command Vehicle from Raytheon, the Communication Hub grant from the Beach Cities Health District and the upcoming donation of a second emergency supplies trailer from Leadership Redondo, RBCERTAA is becoming more and more prepared for any emergency. We are more than grateful for all of these donations. But we also recognize that we need to maintain all of this new equipment. And that maintenance takes money. Please click on the PayPal Donation Button and make a donation to the RBCERTAA General Fund today. Any amount, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated.
Preparedness Tip: How to Locate Loved Ones During an Emergency
After a disaster, phone lines may get congested. To get in contact with friends and family, use text messaging services and update social media networks.
You can also let your family and friends know you are safe and well after an emergency via https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. This website is designed to help make communication between family members and friends easier.
To register yourself on the site, click on the "List Myself as Safe and Well" button. To search the list of those who have registered themselves, click on the "Search Registrants" button. The successful search results will display a loved one's first name, last name and a brief message.