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Dec 03

Citizen Corps Status Report Dec 5, 2012

Dear Valued Citizen Corps Members and Friends of Jurupa Citizen Corps,

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! Due to the holiday, we will meet on Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00pm at the JCSD Board Room 11201 Harrel Street, Jurupa Valley, CA 91752. An agenda will be forthcoming.

On a personal note…For the past six years it has been my honor and pleasure to work with you as chair/co-chair of Jurupa Citizen Corps in our common quest to better prepare the people of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley to better survive, respond to, and recover from both local emergencies and wide area disasters. As many of you know I will be stepping down and not seeking (or accepting) re-election on December 5th. Sincerest thanks to my co-chair, Anne Hughes, to all our officers, and to each and every one of you for your selfless dedication to community emergency preparedness and improving our disaster response-ability.

Though there is still much work to be done, this is a good time to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished together these past six years (below).

In gratitude,
Irene

Organizational Credibility and Viability

  • Actively participate in RivCo OES COMM Group meetings (2005-present)
  • Applied for and received recognition by FEMA and California Volunteers as a Citizen Corps (2006)
  • Sought and received permission to used F.E.A.T.H.E.R. as an umbrella 501(c)(3) under which Jurupa Citizen Corps could accept donations (2009)
  • Sought and received CIDS funding from Supervisor Tavaglione to support community outreach, education and preparedness efforts (2010, 2012)
  • Actively participate in RivCo VOAD meetings (2011 – present)
  • Helped establish and became a member of the Jurupa Valley Community Foundation as the umbrella 501(c)(3) under which Jurupa Citizen Corps can accept donations (2012)

Volunteer Emergency Responder Education

  • Successfully lobbied RivCo OES to inaugurate CERT training and graduated the county’s first CERT class (2007) and first Spanish CERT class (2010) in the area we serve. Continue to promote and graduate CERT volunteers (to present).
  • Met with newly-appointed California Secretary Karen Baker of California Volunteers to present community preparedness ideas and suggestions (2008)
  • In preparation for establishing an emergency communications network trained members in Emergency FRS, GMRS, and Amateur (HAM) radio communications (2008-present)
  • Members participated in RivCo Public Health Point of Dispensing (POD) training (2008)
  • Members participated in American Medical Association Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support (including CBRNE) training (2010)

Community Response-ability

  • Participate in Jurupa Unified School District Safe Schools quarterly meetings (2007-present)
  • Present community preparedness information, disaster skills demonstrations, and training opportunities at Eastvale Town Hall meetings (2009-present)
  • Conducted Disaster Survival kit and Disaster prepareBEDness kit fundraiser (2009-2010)
  • Integrate ShakeOut messaging and materials into community outreach efforts (2008-present)
  • Conducted Mira Loma Middle School on-site preparedness survey (2009)
  • Assisted JUSD In applying for REMS grants (2009, 2010)
  • Observed and provided feedback to JUSD on Active Shooter exercise (2011)
  • Procured supplies for and deployed six Disaster Response Supply PODs for CERT post-disaster use (2011-2012)
  • Piloted the Map Your Neighborhood program in Eastvale and at Country Village 55+ community in Jurupa Valley– with a “Super Saturday” event at which more than 360 households developed neighborhood preparedness plans (2012)
  • Convinced Rubidoux High School Administration and AFJROTC leadership to implement annual disaster skills training for JROTC cadets (2012)
  • Reviewed and provided feedback and/or input to Emergency Operations Plans for:
    • Jurupa Community Services District (202
    • Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District (2010, 2012)
    • City of Jurupa Valley (21012)
    • City of Eastvale (2012)

Community Outreach and Education

  • Eastvale Picnic in the Park (2005)
  • Pathfinder Scouts Camporee (2008)
  • Rubidoux Community Resource Fair (2008-2010)
  • Teen Expo (2008-2011)
  • Moms groups – Corona-Eastvale (2008), Norco (2010)
  • National Night Out – Eastvale (2009, 2010), Country Village (2011, 2012)
  • Eastvale Neighborhood Watch Information Meeting (2009)
  • Kiwanis (12 groups 2010-2011)
  • Rotary (2009, 2012)
  • Chamber of Commerce – Jurupa (2008, 2012), Eastvale (2012)
  • Girl Scouts B.I.G. Expo (2010)
  • Eastvale Inauguration Celebration (2010)
  • Jurupa Family Fun Day (2010-2011)
  • Loma Lind University Disaster Fair (2011)
  • Jurupa Seniors Health and Services Fair – Country Village (2011-2012)
  • July 3rd/4th Celebration – Jurupa Area Recreation and Parks District (2010), Country Village (2012)

——- The best is yet to come! ——–