Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District CERT Program Update.

To the CERT members in the Julian Cuyamaca area covered by the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District. 

The past few months have been a very confusing time for all Julian CERT members, including myself, Sheana Fry and Brian Kramer, former Julian Cuyamaca CERT & Julian Cuyamaca Resource Center (JCRC) Board members.

During the past several months, the Julian Cuyamaca CERT organization has undergone significant changes which have caused much concern and turmoil among its members. Hopefully, this email will help to clarify the confusion and answer any lingering questions about the current status of CERT in Julian.

We are writing this email as the newly appointed Julian CERT Program Managers for the Julian/Cuyamaca area under the sponsorship of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) lead by Chief Rick Marinelli and the only recognized CERT program in Julian.

New Program Managers? What happened to the Hakes the former Program Manager and the former Volunteer Coordinator for Julian CERT? 

They dissolved their sponsorship relationship with the JCFPD and now the former program manager is trying to continue to operate their CERT program without being recognized by any government agency or being sponsored by any emergency response agency.

1. The  the former Program Manager and the former Volunteer Coordinator are no longer the program manager or volunteer coordinator for the CERT Program sponsored by the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District.

2. Per the FEMA CERT guidelines, the Julian Cuyamaca Resource Center CERT Program does not have a recognized partnership with a “local government, emergency management and response agencies”, and is therefore not acknowledged as an official CERT Program.  (http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams/frequently-asked-questions)

3. CERT activations, exercises, and trainings conducted by the former Program Manager and the former Volunteer Coordinator are not authorized and are not covered under the State of California Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program (DSWVP). Members participating in theHake’s CERT program are not eligible for the benefits and protections of the DSWVP.

Chief Marinelli and Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection Board would very much like to legitimately reestablish the Julian CERT program serving the Julian and Cuyamaca communities, once again focusing on disaster preparedness and community involvement.

So this is the call out to all CERT members in the Julian/Cuyamaca area to step up and once again get involved in your community Julian CERT program, to make it the best that it can be. We will be starting a program of refresher courses and hands-on workshops in the following months to not only get our members trained, but to give them all the skills and confidence they will need to help themselves and their community in time of need.

So please contact us through the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District  (www.jcfpd.com) website or respond to this email with comments or questions. The Julian CERT website (www.juliancert.com and www.jcfpd-cert.org) will soon be back online with information and event updates.

   Sincerely,

          Sheana Fry, Brian Kramer,         Co-Program Managers, Julian CERT

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