Meeting Minutes – June 2020

BBV-CERT General Membership Meeting

June 29, 2020 via Zoom

Meeting called to order at 6:10 pm.

General Membership Meeting

Attendees: Eric Steele, Susan Elliott, Laura Brown, Glenn Anders, Cecilia Rohrdanz, David Rohrdanz, Nancy Karlson, Marie Smith, Norma Grimes, Yomar Cleary

President – Eric Steele


No other nominations were made for President and Treasurer.  Eric has made decisions to table elections for another month because of tonight’s small attendance.

Nothing to report from Nick Bruinsma, our fire liaison.

John Ferdon/OES

OES is taking over COVID-19 testing.  Testing takes a week to ten days for results to be released.  No additional dates announced for Big Bear as of now.

National CERT Association

National CERT association is being discussed.  That will be available to us on July 9th.  Susan has already registered.  You can sign up based on your expertise, ie medic, firefighter, rn.  Members will be called up based on credentials and availability.  May also be a statewide association too.  Laura and Susan are researching and will report back.

CERT Training

U of Utah developing a hybrid online CERT training.  Should be available later this year.

CERT registration portal also being developed.

Eric’s Daughter, a physician Sarah Nobbit discusses COVID-19

COVID-19 testing, potential surges.  % of positives will stay consistent if we’re not surging.  They are currently increasing slightly in LA county which causes concern.

Masks:  No need in car unless you’re with someone you haven’t quarantined with.  Minimal risk when cycling, brief outdoor encounters.

  • Be outside
  • 6’
  • Mask
  • Keep encounter short (passing someone briefly while walking, minimal risk)

Disease is survivable, especially younger and healthy.  Diabetes and obesity in addition to immunocompromised and elderly. About a 5 day window of symptoms showing up.

Summertime Activities and Safety

Hiking Safety

REI has 10 essential items for hiking safety:

  • Navigation
  • Light, extra batteries
  • Sun protection
  • First aid kit
  • Knife
  • Matches, lighter
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes


Most common in western US is Western Diamondback which is venomous.  Be aware when poking around bushes and porches.

Dogs can be vaccinated and rattlesnake aversion trained.

A snake bite is very survivable – stay calm, don’t suck out the venom.

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Heat stroke is an emergency. Symptoms: dry skin, flush face, confused or irritable demeanor.  Immediate aid:  cool person down, remove clothing, fan victim.

Heat Exhaustion not quite as dire but needs to be treated immediately. Symptoms: cool, moist skin. Possible headache, cramping, vomiting.  Treat:  find or make shade, electrolytes, cool victim.

Don’t forget about your dog’s well-being on the trail too.

Vice President – Susan Elliott

Keep a watch for fire danger, especially this weekend. Make sure you have defensible space around your home.

Treasurer – Dede Hermon

Dede has shirts that were ordered, but not hats yet.  They can contact Dede via email to make arrangements for pick up.

Yomar Cleary – Activated, working with food pantries. More and more people using pantries for SB county.  Also providing PPE to volunteers working at pantries.

Jim Smith is home and recovering.

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm.

Next meeting July 27th.