Oceana Senior Emergency Response Team, OSERT, was organized in March of 2011 after we witnessed the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We realized that Oceana, as a community, was not prepared for a natural or man-made event. We would very likely be on our own during the early stages after a catastrophic event for days or even weeks. Because we are a senior community, many of our residents may need assistance.
The purpose of OSERT is to help our neighbors prepare to be as self-reliant as possible. We stress individual preparedness, planning, survival skills and mutual aid. Our model is a National program originally created in 1985 by the Los Angeles Fire Department and later adopted by FEMA called CERT, Community Emergency Response Team. This program provides basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills for citizens to survive until emergency response agencies can arrive.
We meet on the third Wednesday each month at 6:30 pm in the Clubhouse Computer Room for training and planning sessions. For more information call Sondra at 760-712-2737 or click to email. Everyone is welcome.