The Bolinas Disaster Council
Example of an Emergency Operation Center
CERT trained members moving a simulated patient
The Bolinas Disaster Council is organized and led by the Bolinas Fire Department. The Disaster Council’s volunteers are a vital portion of our town's Emergency Preparedness.These community members are trained and organized to assist the local First Responders.
We know that in a large scale disaster, the fire department will be overwhelmed and many county services might take a while to get here.
The town is devided up into 12 Areas. Each Area has an Area Coordinator. During an emergency, Area Coordinators are the immediate “eyes and ears” to alert First Responders to changing conditions (e.g., neighbor or house in trouble, downed trees, power lines, flooding, etc.). They convey essential information via a two-way radio network to the fire station to help the firefighters prioritize their response.
We encourage residents to volunteer for this community role. You'll receive training and practice.
No special expertise is required.
Prepared volunteers also make up the Specialist Disaster Teams for other specific tasks such as Shelter Management, Medical Response and Emergency Operations Center.