In May 2003, the Town Council of the Town of Apple Valley approved the creation of an Apple Valley Citizen Corps Council in response to the recommendations of President Bush and the Department of Homeland Security. The objective is to encourage the community to be self-reliant during a disaster, and to help others in need. The Citizen Corps Council (as the Apple Valley Disaster Council) meets quarterly to report on local disaster preparedness efforts, as well as to measure the affects of the Apple Valley Citizen Corps programs C.E.R.T., Citizens on Patrol, and Neighborhood Watch.
See how Apple Valley could use your help:
- CERT (Community Emergency Response Team): CERT is a 20-hour training class that includes Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety & Utility Controls, Disaster Medical Operations Part 1 & 2, Light Search & Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, and Terrorism & CERT. Training is conducted by certified FEMA instructors and is available to residents and local businesses that are located in the Town of Apple Valley. Apple Valley CERT has been in existence for over ten years. Volunteers from the CERT program that become Disaster Service Workers are able to assist in various forms in the event of a disaster. Call 760-247-7618 or 760-240-7000 ex 7791 for updated information.
- Citizens on Patrol and Neighborhood Watch: These programs are managed by the Apple Valley Police Department. Please call 760-240-7400 for additional information.
- ECS (Emergency Communication Services): The Apple Valley ECS Team has been in existence for over twenty years. They are one of the most active ECS groups in the County of San Bernardino, achieving the distinguished honor as the 2003 County Fire Chiefs Organization of the Year. ECS members are ham radio operators who are tasked with providing communications during an emergency, and are activated any time day or night. Interested volunteers should call 760-247-7618 or 760-240-7000 ex 7791 for additional information.
- FADD (Friends of Animals During Disasters): This volunteer group in Apple Valley is tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of helping the Town of Apple Valley Animal Control Department with evacuations and emergency shelter care during a disaster. Call 760-247-7618 or 760-240-7000 ex 7791 for additional information.