Happy Holidays from Saratoga CERT!

CERT Refresher Training

The last Santa Clara County Fire Department CERT Refresher course is scheduled for December 5th – please see Davina’s blog post for details: http://saratogacert.org/2018/11/20/the-most-important-cert-refresher-class-of-2018/

FRS Radio Distribution (and backpack check ups)

There will be no Saratoga-wide CERT meeting this month (though divisions may have their own meetings scheduled), but we will have our first FRS radio distribution on Saturday, December 15th from 11am-noon. It will be in conjunction with the regular Ham Radio VE test session. Radios will be distributed at the Saratoga/Prospect Community Center (either in the Grace building or at the CERT trailer in the back corner of the parking lot) – 19848 Prospect Rd, Saratoga, CA 95070. Craig advises that you should also bring your CERT backpack and he will help fill in some of the gaps in equipment you might have. You must bring your valid Saratoga CERT DSW card to get a radio.

Saratoga CERT DSW Cards

If you do not have a valid DSW card, the two Fridays that city hall is open this month are December 7th and 21st – please make an appointment with Lori McKenna at 408-868-1240 – If your card has expired, you can contact Lori and ask for a new one without going in for a new picture. DSW cards are processed between 2:00 and 4:00 on City “on-Fridays.”

Ham Radio VE Test Sessions

The regular Ham test sessions have new times (10am to noon) and a new location (Saratoga/Prospect Community Center) through December and the first session in January. Please see Ron’s blog for details: http://saratogacert.org/2018/11/28/1393/


We are still looking for a new lead for CERT IT (Information Technology) and assistants for most of the positions in our org chart: http://saratogacert.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/org-chart-111318.pdf
You can reach out to Michael Taylor or Brent Hailpern for info.
Best wishes for 2019 – we will begin CERT meetings again in January – look for the announcement of dates, times and agendas. Lots of exciting business to discuss, including the possible purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), CERT Academy 2019, and more! Mark your calendars now.