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The Yellow Vests are Back!

In concert with the Great California Shakeout on Thursday, October 18th, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) will be conducting its Fall emergency communications drill. Focusing on earthquake response, our radio operators – with support from the Santa Rosa Fire Department – will respond to a simulated earthquake on the Hayward/Rodgers Creek faults. Neighborhood radio operators (aka Zone Communicators) will don their yellow emergency vests, take their handheld radios, and walk our streets looking for problems and resident needs for assistance. These issues are reported via our communications network to City and County emergency services personnel. To handle the neighborhood reports, other OEPC volunteers will set up radio communications equipment at each of our recreation centers that will interact with SRFD emergency personnel. If you see our volunteers, please make a point of seeking them out – and perhaps report a simulated issue for them to process. Our goal is to both exercise and stress our communications capabilities.

If you DON’T see one of our volunteers on the 18th, it is likely that your neighborhood is not in our coverage area. (At present, we only have enough volunteers to cover about 50% of Oakmont.) If you fall in one of those areas, please consider helping your neighbors – and yourself – by becoming a Zone Communicator. No experience is necessary, we provide the equipment, and will train you on the procedures we follow. If you are a COPE Leader, consider also becoming a Zone Communicator. You know your neighborhood and what better way to get the help you might need by calling it in on your own radio?

If you might be interested in volunteering, please e-mail us at OakmontERT@gmail.com or call Pat Barclay at 570-7500. The life you save may be your own!

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