The Sebastopol CERT program relies on sponsors to support our efforts to help residents be more prepared. Even with our local Fire Fighters and first responders teaching the classes for free, the class fees do not cover the cost of course materials, supplies used during the simulation and equipment presented to graduates. Sebastopol CERT has been very fortunate to have the attention and support of a small group of sponsors over the years.
A key sponsor for our CERT program is the Sebastopol Hardware Center. Mark Sell made a commitment in the very beginning of Sebastopol CERT (2006) to offer CERT graduates a $50.00 gift certificate for preparedness supplies. Mark, and his crew of employees, have also promoted our classes and the Map Your Neighborhood project with in-store promotion, use of their space for meetings and presentations, and providing "donation" containers at their check-out counters. Sebastopol Hardware Center is a unique community member in Sebastopol and we are very grateful for the role they play in assisting us in providing disaster preparedness classes.
Sebastopol CERT has also been very fortunate to have consistent and generous support from the Rotary Club of Sebastopol and the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise and the Sebastopol Kiwanis Club. Together with Dorothy Rodella at Exchange Bank, these groups and businesses have helped us to continue our efforts over the last 6 years. As we have expanded our reach into the Map Your Neighborhood project, radio communications and shelter organization, we have found the necessary financial backing from these local supporters. Their support has allowed us to provide needed materials for neighborhoods to collaborate and prepare, have required supplies to open our local shelters with Red Cross, and purchase our own HAM radio station that is housed at the Fire Department. Critical elements that connect various aspects of the CERT effort in Sebastopol could not happen without the attention and help of these groups and businesses.
A recent addition to our sponsor list is Design Orbit, owned by Buffie Harris, who has taken on the challenge to design. set up and deliver the web site you are currently viewing. Buffie Harris is a graduate of the CERT class and has taken additional Advanced CERT Trainings to be more prepared and involved as a resident of Sebastopol. Her willingness to apply her design skills to move our project forward "online" is timely in our growth and very much appreciated.
If you see value in preparedness for yourself and others in Sebastopol, and are interested to discuss how you or your business might contribute to the Sebastopol CERT preparedness effort, please email any member of the CERT Advisory Board. (Contacts)
Sebastopol CERT is honored to have the following sponsors:
Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise
Rotary Club Sunrise
720 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
P. O. Box 2028, Sebastopol, CA 95473