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IWVCERT NEWS

 

June 30th, 2012 - Community Clean Up Traffic Control

Members of IWVCERT help assist the Ridgecrest Police Department with Traffic Control duties during a community wide clean up and weed abatement program. Kudos to all who participated and helped during this important event in our community.

 

June 22nd, 2012 - Teen CERT Program Introduction to ICS School Board

Sgt O'bergfell and a select few members of IWVCERT met with the school board members of Immanuel Christian School and presented the Teen CERT program and the benefits that this program would bring to the school and the community. It is the hope of IWVCERT to implement a Teen CERT program within all of the schools throughout the community of Ridgecrest. Note: After the inital meeting, the ICS school board had decided to implement the Teen CERT program within their own school and add it to their own school emergency preparedness procedures.

 

June 8th, 2012 - BHS Traffic Control

IWVCERT members helped provide traffic control at Cerro Coso Community College with the assistance of the local Ridgecrest Police Department during this years High School graduation ceremony. No problems were encountered and a hearty job well done.

 

May 11th, 2012 - Cerro Coso Community College Traffic Control

Members of IWVCERT helped provide traffic control at Cerro Coso Community College with the assistance of the local Ridgecrest Police Department during this years graduation ceremony. No problems were encountered and a hearty job well done.

 

April 28th, 2012 - Third Annual Emergency Preparedness Block Party

Members of Indian Wells Valley CERT and the First Reponders of Kern County, the City of Ridgecrest and China Lake NAWS participated in the Third Annual Emergency Preparedness Block Party held downtown on Basalm Street. This annual community outreach is to help make our community aware of being prepared for any unexpected emergency and what actions they can take in advance to be prepared for them should they take place.


 

March 24th, 2012 - Car Wash Fundraiser

Members of IWVCERT all gathered at the local Weinerschnitzel parking lot to participate in a car wash fundraiser. Ridgecrest Police Department's Officer Ryan Marrone generously offered a $300 dollar matching donation should IWVCERT raise a minimum of $300 dollars, which they successfully did and was presented with an additional $300 dollar matching donation.


 

March 9-13th, 2012 - Website Maintenance and Web Host Transition

IWVCERT website is currently undergoing a website upgrade and is transitioning from Microsoft Live Small Business to Microsoft Office 365. During this transition this website will experience short periods of outage and disruption due to the maintenance improvements. Your patience is greatly appreciated.


 

September 10th, 2011 - Annual Parade of 1000 Flags

CERT was on hand to assist our local Ridgecrest Police Department with various traffic control duties alongside members of PACT and the Ridgecrest Police Explorers during this years Annual Parade of 1000 Flags. The annual event transpired with no difficulties and was a great time to solomnly remember the tragic loss of lives during the 9/11/01 World Trade Center (WTC) attack. Benediction was presented at the Kerr McGee Community Center in the Atrium of Freedom Park.


June 10th, 2011 - BHS Graduation
Members of CERT assisted local Ridgecrest Police Department and PACT members with traffic control during the Burroughs High School Graduation Ceremony. Departing traffic flow was more orderly and no verbal abuse was directed towards CERT like it was last year.

June 8th, 2011 - Hazardous Material Training
Some members of CERT participated in a Hazardous Material Training exercise sponsored by Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Members were on hand to assist and participate in the training exercise conducted. This was a great training opportunity for all of the members of CERT who participated.

May 28th, 2011 - DUI Checkpoint
A few members of CERT assisted our local Ridgecrest Police Department with their DUI Checkpoint. CERT's main duties were primarily regulated to traffic control, but this was a great opportunity to expand our current CERT presence and to gain additional experience working with our local law enforcement and emergency services.

May 25th, 2011 - Every 15 Minutes
Members of CERT participated in the 'Every 15 Minutes" event held at Burroughs High School. This event was a way to show High School students and the local community the drastic life changing events of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. CERT, Ridgecrest Law Enforcement and Emergency Services provided professional services during this demonstration of a vehicle accident resulting in fatalities and results of DUI driving. Video link is provided:
http://www.vimeo.com/24079694

May 13th, 2011 - Cerro Coso Community College Graduation
Members of CERT assisted the Ridgecrest Police Department with traffic control during the Cerro Coso Community Colleges Graduation Ceremony. Members worked alongside RPD, PACT and ensured that both pedestrians and vehicles departing from the college area was done in an orderly manner.

May 12th, 2011 - Police Department Open House
CERT members were on hand and a booth setup during the Ridgecrest Police Department open house. Fliers and additional information was distributed to members of our community on Disaster Preparedness.

April 23rd, 2011 - 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Block Party
CERT members were present once again at this years Disaster Preparedness Block Party. CERT assisted RPD and PACT by setting up road closed signs and cones. Our CERT trailer and booth was setup to provide additional information for members of our local community on how to prepare for all disasters and to recruit others to become part of CERT.

April 9th, 2011 - Annual Calvary Church "Bikers Blessing"
Members of CERT assisted our local Ridgecrest Police Department and PACT with this years 'Biker's Blessing" held at Calvary Church. Thousands of bikers attended and received their annual blessing, prior to running their bikes throughout our community. CERT members provided traffic control during this event.

March 12th, 2011 - IWV CERT Instructors Training
Members of IWCERT participated in the Instructors Training Course held at Liberty Ambulance HQ. This was an all day event and five members successfully completed this course. Congratulations to Cathy Banks, Karin Siegle, Doris Van Horn, Danny Jimenez and Ritchie Barrow on becoming new IWVCERT Instructors for Ridgecrest.

December 11th, 2010 - Christmas Parade

The Indian Wells Valley Community Emergency Response Team participated in the annual Christmas Parade. IWVCERT proudly displayed their local CERT trailer, CERT banner and handed out candy canes and emergency preparedness information to the community along the parade route .

October 15th-16th, 2010 - Maturango Junction Days
The Indian Wells Valley Community Emergency Response Team proudly participated in the local Maturango Junction Days event and provided additional traffic control for the cities blocked off streets. This annual event planned by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce with assistance from its co-host, the City of Ridgecrest, featured nearly 80+ vendors, food, family games, face painting, a youth Pow-Wow, chili cook-off, local bands, car sale and as well a chance to meet this years candidates to learn about the issues on Novembers ballot.


September 11th, 2010 - Kerr McGee Community Center - 1000 Flag Parade
The Indian Wells Valley Community Emergency Response Team participated in this years 1000 Flag Parade. Each year Ridgecrest conducts a memorial remembrance parade to remember all those whom lost their lives during the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Towers in NYC. IWVCERT provided additional traffic support for the Ridgecrest Police Department and also had members present whom carried one of the 1000 flags that were proudly displayed during the parade.

August 30-31st, 2010 - NAWS China Lake - Citadel Rumble 2010

The Indian Wells Valley Community Emergency Response Team participated in a joint disaster response with local military base officials to a 7.9 earthquake. IWVCERT members conducted damage assessments and received additional training from military personnel. IWVCERT will continue to work along side the local military base disaster response teams in the future.


April 10th, 2010 - Balsaam Street - Emergency Readiness Block Party

The Indian Wells Valley Community Emergency Response Team participated in an Emergency Readiness Block Party, held on Balsaam Street from 10AM to 3PM. Members of IWVCERT and numerous other emergency first responders and disaster readiness organizations (such as; Ridgecrest Police, Kern County Fire, China Lake Fire, Liberty Ambulance and many, many, more) came out and provided important information for the whole community regarding disaster preparedness and urged personal and individual preparation in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

March 31st, 2010 - James Monroe Middle School - Teen SERT/CERT Presentation
Met with Jr High officials regarding the possibilty of presenting a SERT/CERT training class to all interested students of James Monroe Middle School. Spoke with the students and presented an opportunity for all to become involved with their local IWVCERT organization.

March 25th, 2010 - Immanuel Christian School - Teen SERT/CERT Presentation
Met with Jr High / High School officials regarding the possibility of presenting a SERT/CERT training class to all interested students of Immanuel Christian School. Spoke with the students and presented an opportunity for all to become involved with their local IWVCERT organization.

March 22nd, 2010 - Trona High School - Teen SERT/CERT Presentation
Met with High School officials regarding the possibility of presenting a SERT/CERT training class to all interested students of Trona High School. Spoke with the students and presented an opportunity for all to become involved with their local IWVCERT organization.
February 22nd, 2010 - Mesquite High School - Teen SERT/CERT Presentation
Met with High School officials regarding the possibility of presenting a SERT/CERT training class to all interested students of Mesquite High School . Spoke with the students and presented an opportunity for all to become involved with their local IWVCERT organization.

December 12th, 2009 - Christmas Parade
Indian Wells Valley CERT members were present and provided additional traffic control along with members of PACT in support of this years Christmas Parade. Nine CERT team members volunteered to support this years function at the request of the Ridgecrest Police Department.

November 21st, 2009 - Tehachapi CERT Drill

Members from Indian Wells Valley CERT participated in a full scale exercise involving trained members of CERT from Bear Valley Springs, Golden Hills, Alpine Forest, Kernville, Sand Canyon Stallion Springs, and Tehachapi City. The exercise allowed IWVCERT members to drill and learn with the many other CERT team members around Kern County.

November 10th, 2009 - Las Vegas Earthquake Drill
Members of Indian Wells Valley CERT drove to Las Vegas to participate with members of Las Vegas CERT in the Las Vegas Earthquake Drill. Members practiced 'hot-laps, search and rescue, and basic triage during this great training opportunity.

October 24th, 2009 - 60th Desert Empire Fair Parade
Indian Wells Valley CERT participated in the 60th Annual Desert Empire Fair Parade supporting both traffic control duties and in the parade proudly displaying their CERT Banner, CERT trailer and Quad 4x4 vehicles.

October 15th, 2009 - The Great California Shake Out.
CERT Members participated in this years 'Great California Shake Out' and worked alongside many of Ridgecrest's First Responders, Liberty Ambulance, Ridgecrest Police Department, Fire Department and Hospital personnel. This years drill took place at the local Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

September 6th, 2009 - Thousand Flag Parade
Indian Wells Valley CERT participated in the 'Thousand Flag Parade' to show their support and memorial remembrance of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Members on hand carried the American Flag and provided additional traffic control support with members of PACT and the Ridgecrest Police Department.