The San Ramon Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program along with local amateur radio operators participated in a mock communications drill on Saturday. Volunteers placed hundreds of stuffed "CERT green" frogs placed throughout the community to help simulate victims of a major disaster.
"This drill is unique because it will exercise both the CERT volunteers and amateur radio operators," said Danielle Bell, CERT Coordinator for San Ramon Valley Fire. "It is vital that both of these groups work together seamlessly during an actual emergency."
Attached to each frog was a tag listing their injuries; CERT volunteers triage the frogs, gather damage assessments from each of the six drill neighborhoods and then report all their findings to the emergency operations center, utilizing the amateur radio operators.
"Practicing this relay of information and the triaging skill will help the Valley be ready for the next big emergency," said Ray Riordan, emergency manager for the city of San Ramon.
The CERT program educates community members on disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills while amateur radio operators prepare to organize communication and bridge the information gap during an emergency.