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Everyone is invited to attend. Plenty of free parking.

Special Guest: Christy Adair,  LAFD Valley Bureau CERT Volunteer Coordinator
Welcome our new Valley Bureau CERT coordinator Christy Adair.  She previously held the position of Battalion 10 CERT coordinator for 16 years,  and currently works at NBC Universal where she is active with their in-house CERT program.  Christy will update us on CERT plans for the Valley.  We’ll also review and practice working with some of the most-used
FEMA and CERT forms,  valuable in any disaster response or Mass Casualty Incident (MCI).  She’ll also report on the use of CERT volunteers for the Creek and Skirball fires.

Plan for the year and mark all third Tuesdays at 7:00pm as GHNNC EP meeting night.

GHNNC EP meeting Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 pm–Christy Adair, LAFD Valley Bureau CERT Volunteer Coordinator
Welcome our new Valley Bureau CERT coordinator Christy Adair. She previously held the position of Battalion 10 CERT coordinator for 16 years, during which time she conducted well-attended, informational, educational, and frequent practical training CERT community meetings. She works at NBC Universal and is active with their in-house CERT program, and is now a FEMA certified CERT instructor.

Christy will update us on CERT plans for the Valley. We’ll also review and practice working with some of the most-used FEMA and CERT forms, valuable in any disaster response or Mass Casualty Incident (MCI). She’ll also report on the use of CERT volunteers for the Creek and Skirball fires. On most Saturday mornings, you can catch her on the weekly Lake Balboa Emergency Preparedness net. Listen for KM6AES (if you don’t yet have your ham license, you can still listen in).

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CERT Quarterly Refresher in South Bureau–Saturday January 20
In a large-scale disaster, government resources may be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist citizens in their community. Emergency response personnel may be delayed for hours, even days. Preparing the community is vital in preparedness and resiliency. The purpose of this refresher drill is to review and provide hands-on training that will include the incident command system, medical operations (triage, treatment, transport), search and rescue, fire suppression, and disaster alley. Hosted by South Bureau CERT and LAFD.

Open to all CERT graduates 18 and over.

PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT (PPE) is mandatory, no exceptions: Helmet, goggles, dust mask, gloves, appropriate clothing (long pants and closed-toe shoes). Bring your lunch and drinks. Please be prompt! Sign up via eventbrite. A few openings remain, but hurry before the wait list starts forming. For questions, contact South Bureau CERT Coordinator Chin Thammasaengsri at lafdcertsouth@gmail.com.

Location:
Peck Park Community Center
560 N. Western Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90732

Date & Time:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
7:30 am to 1:00 pm

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One-Day Ham Radio Class and Exam in Agoura–Sunday, January 21
Plan Ahead!

Norm (K6YXH) and Naomi (WB6OHW) Goodkin’s next one-day Study & Exam Session for the Technician (entry-level) class will be on Sunday, January 21, 2018. If you’d like to attend, get in touch with Norm soon, as those who prepare ahead of class do better in class. Learning Morse code is no longer required for any ham license, and you can miss up to 9 questions on the 35-question multiple choice Technician exam and still pass. Exams for General and Amateur Extra are also offered in the afternoon (concurrent with the Tech. exam) for just the cost of the exam session ($5).

The $75 Study & Exam fee includes instruction (no book to buy), lunch, the exam fee, and two follow-up sessions on the next two Sunday mornings. The follow-up sessions are held at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.The first covers “What radio do I need?” and the second covers “How do I use and program my radio?” Exams for Tech (and all other levels) are also offered in the early morning of the two Sundays immediately following each quarterly Study & Exam session. If you are looking to upgrade your ham license, General and Extra Class exams are also offered at the same time (pay only the $5 exam fee). Many ham radio clubs and organizations offer the license exam throughout the Valley and the Greater Los Angeles area as well.

Once you have your ticket (license) you can get on the air with a radio that costs as little as $40.

For details and more information, contact Norm at hamclass@goodkin.net, via phone at 818-222-7893, or online at hamclass.goodkin.net.

Location for class and exam:
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Rd.
Agoura, CA 91301

Date/Time:
Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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More Locations to Get Your Ham “Ticket”
Here are some Valley locations where you can take the Amateur Radio license examination.These are “test only” locations so you need to come prepared to take the exam. Attending ham radio club meetings it a great way to learn more about ham radio in general and emergency communications specifically. For other testing locations, dates, and times, visit the Radio License Exam Session pageat arrl.org. From arrl.org, you can also search for licensing classes.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Northwest holds their regular monthly meetings the first Saturday of the month at 8:00am with the exam-only session at 11:00am. Exam fee is $15.00. Contact Jim Laage, cllaage@verizon.net, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.

Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Education Center
15107 Vanowen St.
Van Nuys, CA 91405

San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club, W6SD, holds their monthly meetings the third Friday of each month at 7:30pm. Please do not park at the police station. Instead, park behind or beside the library, which is next door to the station.

LAPD West Valley Station
Community Room
19020 Vanowen St.
Reseda, CA 91335

Exam sessions are held (new location!) on the first Saturday of even numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December) in the Van Nuys FlyAway second floor conference room. Contact Jim Sullivan, jim@wb6tnf.com, for what you need to bring to the exam session and for further information.

Van Nuys Flyaway Bus Terminal
7610 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Registrations begins at 8:00am and doors close at 9:00am. Exam fee is $5.00 (exact change, please). This is the same location where Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council holds their Emergency Preparedness meeting on the second Saturday of each month, starting at 9:00am.

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Training Classes at SOS Survival Products
Check out all the great free and fee classes offered in the C. Denise Edwards Training Center at SOS Survival Products, Inc. Many are free to attend.
Details here.

Location:
SOS Survival Products, Inc.
15705 Strathern St., Unit 11
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Lost Hiker Training Exercise. Generally conducted the second Saturday of the month in Griffith Park, the exercise is designed to train CERT and other personnel in the techniques of search and rescue in mountainous areas of Los Angeles.

Contact Tom Wirth at paratom@dslextreme.com.

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CERT Community Meetings
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Community meetings are open to all. You do not have to be a trained CERT responder to attend these meetings. Meetings are held throughout Los Angeles. Information on these meetings and much more is available at cert-la.com.

If you have a ham radio license and your call sign doesn’t appear here: ________, please let me know what it is. Licensed amateurs are encouraged to check in on our Lake Balboa Emergency Preparedness simplex net each Sunday morning, 9:00 am, on 145.570 mHz.
FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service/General Mobile Radio Service) radio operators may check in on our FRS/GMRS EP net the second Sunday of the month, 9:45 am, on channel 5.

Neighborhood Council Valley Village FRS/GMRS net meets the last Sunday of the month, 10:00 am, on channel 5.