Mill Valley CERTs Activate During Storm

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Last week a major storm was predicted to be a major threat to the North Bay counties. In anticipation of high winds and 4-6″ of rain, the Mill Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members were activated Thursday morning by Mill Valley Fire Department.

Following an email and text call-out, 22 CERT members reported to Fire Station 7. After a brief refresher on sand-bagging, safety issues in working around live electrical lines and radio procedures, six teams were sent out into nearby neighborhoods. Teams reported on any storm damage, talked with neighbors, cordoned off live electrical lines and checked on rising creek levels.

CERT leaders set up a Command Post, communicated with teams via hand-held radios and reported any findings to city staff. City Manager Jim McCann, Fire Chief Tom Welch and Police Chief Angel Bernal, all expressed thanks to the CERT volunteers, who remained on call throughout the duration of the storm.

Learn more  about CERT.  The 2015 CERT Basic Training schedule is now available on the Calendar page. You can register via the Calendar, register by mail or call Maggie Lang at 415-485-3409. The next CERT class in Mill Valley will be in April 2015.

Top photo: Battalion Chief Michael St. John reviews sandbagging, working with live electrical lines and radio protocol before sending CERTs out into the field in Mill valley.

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