Joint Enc/DM/SB General Membership Meeting Wed April 19 2017

Encinitas, Solana Beach, and Del Mar CERT members,

Please join us on Wednesday April 19 2017 at 6:30 PM for a joint general membership meeting at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Drive (nearest cross-street: Encinitas Blvd and Balour Drive).

Encinitas and Solana Beach CERT will provide a light meal from Firehouse Subs to open the meeting. A short program update will follow, and starting about 7 PM we will have a training presentation covering material from the CERT program Disaster Psychology lesson by Wendy Thayer of Solana Beach CERT. The program is expected to last until about 9 PM.

The presentation focuses on empathy training for CERT members who may encounter individuals and groups affected emotionally at a time of crisis. The training provides an overview of the range of emotional responses to disaster events and outlines strategies for CERT teams to utilize to cope with one’s own stress and to reach out to others in effective ways. Members will learn practical “dos and don’ts,” focusing on CERT principles of teamwork and efficiency. Related topics are management of people with special needs and mental illness as well as children and seniors. Finally, we will cover the importance of psychological resilience and critical incident debriefing.

Note: This presentation will NOT satisfy the DSW Renewal annual training requirement. If you need to satisfy the training requirement to renew your DSW card, please attend one of the following upcoming events:
April 22 Countywide Drill.
May 13 Academy final drill.

An RSVP to would be appreciated so we can determine how much food to provide.