SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento’s California Emergency Response Team’s (CERT’s) graduation drill took place on Saturday, September 1 from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Northern California Regional Public Safety Academy in McClellan Park. The community participated and explored their inner actors as volunteer victims with broken arms or legs or other injuries for the day’s free event.
The drills tested the program’s graduates on practical skills including sizing up a building to determine if it is safe to enter; search and rescue; transport; and triage and treatment. They assessed situations simulating burning buildings and locating victims in dense smoke and at night. Graduates radioed transport crews, practiced victim transport before another group assessed injuries, bandaged, and prepared victims for transport to a medical facility said Robert Ross, Chief, Operations, Sacramento CERT, CERT 22.
“Watching, you don’t get to see as much,” he said, adding that the role of victim teaches more to the community who wants to understand what happens during an emergency such as a fire.
Ross explained that most people see only the end result.
“It’s a good way to see them in action and experience it without being in a collapsed building,” he said.
The Basic CERT course, Level 3, is sanctioned by FEMA and was developed by Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) after the Mexico City and Kobe earthquakes. The course, Ross explained, is for everyday citizens with no previous training or particular skills who want to learn how to prepare for a disaster and is offered at no charge.
“Civilians will be on their own for the first 72 hours,” said Ross, and will learn about disaster psychology and how to prepare bags with the necessities to assist in their immediate neighborhoods. Ross said that people don’t often think about bringing items like pet toys when they need to evacuate. Trained civilians can put out small fires and even triage in their neighborhoods if the need arises, but they need to practice, and that’s where the graduation drill comes in.
Graduates learn about fire behavior, which has been especially bad in California this summer, identification of hazardous materials, including those being transported, and terrorism. Upon graduation, CERT trained civilians can assist locally and can transfer their CERT training to other cities or states if they move. Since the Sacramento region is prone to flooding, this would also be covered in local training.
This level is required in order to continue with advanced courses to be certified as a Disaster Service Worker or a First Responder. Additionally, graduates may pursue training to join one of the special teams – Urban Search & Rescue, Animal Response, or Radio Communications.
“During a disaster cell phones won’t work, satellite phones are few and far between,” said Ross. “Ham operators during Hurricane Katrina passed messages. We can talk to Japan if we need to,” he said.
One legally blind team member who used a motorized wheelchair ran the ham radio and was one of the best in Sacramento.
“There are no limitations on who can participate. There are many ways to be involved, with a job for everyone.”
For additional information, visit www.sfdcert.org. Look for them at many local public events. The next academy will be held in spring of 2019.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The memorial service for Deputy Mark Stasyuk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Bayside Church Adventure Campus in Roseville, located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Road in Roseville. A multi-agency fly-over will take place at the conclusion of the memorial service. All other law enforcement honors will be performed at a private graveside service.
Stasyuk was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 17 after responding to a call in Rancho Cordova. He leaves behind a wife, mother, father and sister.
Source: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - HOPE (Healthy Outcomes for Personal Enrichment) is a local nonprofit organization that offers affordable counseling services to the community. They rely on fees for services as well as community donations to keep costs low for their clients. HOPE is hosting their second annual Hops for HOPE fundraiser, which will be held at River City Brewing Company on October 4, 2018. The event is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include appetizers and two drink tickets. River City Brewing Company (which is located in Milagro Center at 6241 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael) generously donates wine, beer, and staff for the event.
Community donations are especially important because HOPE’s mission is to offer affordable sessions to those in need. Darlene Davis, executive director of HOPE, explained that there is a group of people who do not qualify for Medi-Cal but also do not have access to affordable counseling through traditional insurance. The goal of HOPE is to serve this segment of the community by offering counseling on a sliding scale depending on what the client is able to pay. Typically, $40 per session is the lowest rate, but HOPE does occasionally offer sessions for $20 to those in the greatest need.
The experienced licensed therapists of HOPE not only work with clients to improve their well-being, but they also work in a supervisory capacity to train new therapists. To become a licensed therapist, it requires a master’s degree and 3,000 hours of supervised therapy sessions. It is an extremely intensive process, and HOPE is proud to support the next generation of therapists who will serve the community.
One of the reasons HOPE is able to offer such affordable rates is because graduate students who are working toward becoming licensed therapists volunteer as trainees. As part of the training process, HOPE offers clients an eight-week counseling program known as the One-Way Mirror. During this program, trainees conduct counseling sessions in a room with a one-way mirror that allows supervising therapists and other trainees to watch the session in real time. The trainee wears an ear-piece so the supervising therapist can offer immediate feedback and suggestions. Davis explained that it is like having eight therapists at once. The cost is only $25 per session, and clients sign up for this program knowing that they are getting the help they need while also giving the trainee valuable hands-on experience.
The supervising therapists at HOPE work hard to train people with integrity who are eager to serve the community. Davis takes great pride in the work they do and in their dedicated trainees and associates. Davis said, “We all work in our communities, and it’s so important to us that we’re building healthier communities by building healthier families.”
To better serve all those in need, HOPE offers many specialized forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps people understand and address harmful thoughts and actions; Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), which offers strategies to accept, destigmatize, and live with mental illness; Active Parenting of Teens (APT), which teaches parents how to talk to their teens and to watch for signs of high-risk behavior; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which addresses how the brain accesses and reacts to traumatic memories.
Donations to HOPE help pay for standard operating costs as well as to purchase needed equipment for specialized therapeutic techniques. Davis first began operating HOPE as a nonprofit in 2008. She said, “I just wanted to give back to the community and give back to the profession, and it’s grown into what it is today.”
HOPE has offices in mid-town Sacramento, Roseville, and Folsom. For more information, visit their website at www.hope-counselingcenter.org.
Calling Kids, Canines and the Young-at-Heart…
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Plans are afoot for the Midtown Association to present the crowd-favorite Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Marshall Park (915 27th Street). Sponsored by the Sutter District – with restaurants that include BarWest, Biba, Blue Cue, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s, INK Eats & Drinks, Paragary’s Midtown & Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar – the canine-friendly event is highlighted by the much-anticipated “pooch parade” scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. that day. Four-legged friends will strut by on stage while competing in an entertaining costume contest that will include playful prizes for the winning pooches.
The playful Midtown Mascot will be on-site as will the ever-popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” to encourage canine-friendly communication for pooches 30 pounds or less (due to the structural limits of the fencing). Plus, a variety of free family-friendly activities will be available that include the following: face painting by Fancy Figments; a deluxe rainbow castle jump house with a basketball hoop; hands-on arts and crafts; and entertaining live music from The Hoots that is sponsored by Republic Services. Also, photo-friendly pet backdrops will be available along with a fun pop-up portrait board.
Early that day, special and spirited activities will be available at the Midtown Farmers Market that takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 20th at J Street and extends beyond K Street. Costumes are encouraged and children of all ages are invited to join the fun. Then, many business near J, K and 24th Streets will participate in “Midtown Trick-or-Treat” by providing goodies for children in costume from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.
“All year long, we’re excited to offer an inspired variety of creative and fun events in Midtown that are both family and pet friendly,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Association. “And we’re especially thrilled to showcase our four-legged friends for this Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade that is so incredibly popular with the Midtown community.”
The Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade, Pop-Up Dog Park and the Midtown Farmers Market are presented and supported by the Midtown Association, which is committed to ensuring Midtown remains a thriving center for culture, creativity and vibrancy. Midtown is both walkable and bike-friendly with parking available in nearby garages located at 1801 L Street or the East End Garage on 17th Street between L & Capitol plus various lots throughout Midtown. For more information about Midtown Sacramento, how to get around, special events and the Midtown Association, please visit www.exploremidtown.org or follow on social media – Facebook at www.facebook.com/exploremidtown/ and @ExploreMidtown on Instagram and Twitter.
The mission of the Midtown Association (MA) is to create a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core. For more information about MA, please, call 916-442-1500 or visit www.exploremidtown.org
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Utility poles covered with signs and notices for political candidates, lost animals, yard sales and events present serious hazards for utility workers. This is a particular problem during election season.
Nails, staples, tacks, and screws used to post signs can cause serious injury to lineworkers who climb the wooden utility power poles every day. These items are especially hazardous when the poles are climbed during bad weather to restore power during storms and at night.
When the signs fall off or are removed, the fasteners often remain in the pole, causing lineworkers to get cut or injured. Nails and staples can obstruct climbing gear, which can cause workers to slip or fall as they climb. Even the tiniest puncture in lineworkers’ rubber gloves can expose them to severe shock from power lines.
When advertising for a political candidate, lost pet, garage sale or other event, please do not post signs on utility poles.
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - As part of its commitment to the community, SMUD is hosting a free community resource fair to ensure the success of seniors in the community. Seniors and their families are invited to learn about caregiving resources; accident prevention; fraud prevention; legal assistance; health and wellness; financial assistance; and, home modifications. Register today for free breakfast and resources.
WHAT: Community Resource Fair Celebrating Seniors
WHERE: SMUD Customer Service Center: 6301 S Street, Sacramento
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 8 a.m.—Noon
REGISTER: SMUD.org/Learn or 916-732-6738
FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce named Keith Wright honorary mayor for 2018-19 at its 40th annual Dignitary Reception on Wednesday evening, September 13 at the North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks. Before a crowd of more than 100 attendees, Kimberly Pitillo, Executive Director of the Chamber, announced this year’s mayor’s race was the closest ever and broke all previous fundraising records.
Both candidates and their campaign team donated hundreds of volunteer hours during the six-month mayoral race. Beginning each year in April and continuing through mid-September, candidates compete to raise the most funds for their nonprofit organization of choice Honorary mayor candidates and their teams make phone calls, staff special events, such as the Fair Oaks Summer Concert series, and plan numerous other creative activities to win the title and the sash.
Regardless of who won the contest, everyone and their respective non-profit organizations are winners. The campaign teams enjoy their community service time and supporting their teammates. Charities receive half the funds raise during the race. The other half is donated to the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce to support membership, local businesses and community activities.
Wright said his team “left no stone unturned” during his campaign. His team raised a total of $28,031.05. He received a check for $14,015.53 to give to the Orangevale Food Bank. Wright’s team held 15 community events, activities around the community and asked individuals to make donations. “We focused right away on outreach. My team knew people I didn’t know, so that expanded who we reached and what we accomplished.” Jim Cralle raised $23,254.04 and gave $11,627.02 to the Fair Oaks Rotary Foundation, supporting local nonprofit organizations with grant funding.
The mayor race was so close that at one point during the campaign, Pitillo noted the total dollars raised from each candidate was less than $200 apart. No one knew who would eventually finish as the mayor until the night before the reception.
Many past Honorary Mayors gathered to celebrate the new leadership. The Chamber also recognized their Citizen of the Year, Ray "Digger" Young who retired in January this year after a 20-year career as the Fair Oaks Cemetery District manager. The Kendall sisters, Cassie and Delanie, were recognized for their individual commitment to community service as youth ambassadors to Fair Oaks. Csssie Kendall was crowned as the new Miss Fair Oaks for 2018-19. The new Junior Honorary Mayor is Cassie’s sister, Delanie.
The Junior Honorary Mayor and Miss Fair Oaks are selected by a committee based on their volunteer experience in service to the community, a series of interviews, and “on the job” performance assisting candidates during summer fundraising activities. Both roles serve as youth ambassadors and community volunteers for the Fair Oaks Chamber and intended to build youth leadership and communication skills.
The opportunity to enter a raffle to win a selection of fine food and wine gift baskets, potted plants, or t-shirts for the Chicken Festival added to the evening’s excitement. For more information about the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce activities, visit their website at www.fairoakschamber.com or call (916) 967-2903.