Newport Beach CERT volunteers,
Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and are excited for another productive year with the Newport Beach CERT program. This year is the 20th year anniversary of the Newport Beach CERT program and we are excited about what we have accomplished over the last 20 years and about the current direction of our CERT program. If you are planning on attending the 11th annual State of CERT awards banquet please register to attend as soon as possible but no later than January 18. The annual banquet is open to all Newport Beach CERT volunteers, their friends, family, neighbors and anyone interested in community preparedness. Also, as a reminder, all Newport Beach CERT volunteers that would like to remain active with the program must attend one of the five CERT mandatory re-certification classes listed below in 2019, you must register to attend one of the classes, please try to register via the on-line system prior to emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for each class will close 10 days prior to the class. If you have emailed email@example.com and have not received an automated confirmation, please try to register on-line. In addition to the 11th annual State of CERT awards banquet and the mandatory CERT re-certification classes, we also have all four of our 2019 CERT programs scheduled, please encourage anyone that is interested to apply. On behalf of the Newport Beach Fire Department, we thank you for your continued involvement with our CERT program, we hope to see you all at the annual banquet and in one of the five mandatory re-certification classes in 2019.
11th Annual State of CERT Awards Banquet- Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Oasis Senior Center
We are trying a new on-line registration system for the 11th Annual State of CERT Awards banquet. All CERT volunteers and other interested participants are encouraged to register to attend the banquet as soon as possible. If you have problems registering through the registration link and would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This year, we will be celebrating the 20th year of the Newport Beach CERT program.
If you would like to assist with the planning and logistics for the State of CERT banquet, please email email@example.com. We are in need of CERT volunteers that would like to assist with the planning of the event and all aspects of event preparation.
In 2017, the Fire Department held mandatory CERT re-certification classes for all Newport Beach CERT volunteers that wanted to remain active with the program. If you received an annual letter in the mail then you are one of those active CERT volunteers. All Newport Beach CERT volunteers that would like to remain active with the program must register and attend one of the mandatory re-certification classes listed below in 2019. Similar to the State of CERT awards banquet, we have set-up on-line registration for the 2019 Mandatory Re-Certification classes. All Newport Beach CERT volunteers are encouraged to register for one of the mandatory re-certification classes listed below. Please note that CERT volunteers only need to attend one of the classes listed below. If you have any questions about the mandatory CERT re-certification classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Monday, February 11 (9:30 am-11:30 am)- Central Library Friends Room
2. Tuesday, March 26 (6:00-8:00 pm)- Central Library Friends Room
3. Wednesday, April 17 (9:30 am-11:30 am)- Central Library Friends Room
4. Wednesday, May 15 (3:00-5:00 pm)- Central Library Friends Room
5. Tuesday, June 11 (9:30 am-11:30 am)- LAST CLASS- Central Library Friends Room
The spring 2019 and fall 2019 CERT program schedules have been finalized. This spring the fire department will host a Thursday day program that starts on February 7 and an all-day Saturday program that starts on March 2 and this fall the fire department will host a Tuesday-Thursday evening program that starts on September 17 and an all-day Saturday program that begins on September 21. If you would like CERT class postcards for to distribute at neighborhood events, please email nbcert@nbfd,net. Interested participants are encouraged to apply by completing and mailing in a CERT program application to reserve their space.
Community Preparedness Outreach Presentations
If your home owner's association, business, school or civic group are interested in a fire department presentation in 2019 or if you are having a CERT neighborhood event that you would like for us to attend please schedule as early as possible for all of 2019. The fire department offers one hour community preparedness presentations on disaster preparedness, hands-only CPR and how to stop the bleed to Newport Beach home owner's associations, civic groups, businesses and schools. A minimum of 15 participants are required. If your group is interested in a community preparedness presentation please email email@example.com with the date, time, location and the estimated number of participants. Please provide as much advanced notice as possible for dates in 2019.
The City of Newport Beach is hosting a blood drive on Monday, January 14 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Newport Beach Civic Center Community Room. Any CERT volunteer or community member that is interested in donating is encourage to register. If interested, you can schedule a donation appointment on-line at: www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: NBCivicCenter. American Red Cross Blood Drive flyer