Walnut Creek CERT DSWVP Policy

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program (DSWVP) web page:
https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/administrative-services/disaster-service-worker-volunteer-program


Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program (DSWVP) Policy

Walnut Creek CERT members are sworn is as Disaster Service Workers for the City of Walnut Creek. This is effective for two years; the CERT may renew DSW status by participating in any approved CERT activity (see list below). To learn more, click here [PDF].

In addition to activity, CERT members are required to submit a new DSW registration form in the month before their DSW registration expires. (New requirement as of June 2019.) New DSW registration forms are required every two years to remain a member of Walnut Creek CERT.

After two years of inactivity, members of CERT are allowed an extra 2 month grace period in which to participate in an approved activity before they are removed from CERT membership. The same time limits apply to receipt of a new DSW form by the CERT Program Manager or CERT Administrator.

 

Qualified Activities for DSWVP Registration Renewal 

To renew the expiration date for your DSW registration and remain a member of Walnut Creek CERT, do one of the following and submit the completion certificate to cert@walnut-creek.org or ask the sponsor of an activity to send email confirmation to cert@walnut-creek.org.

 

Note that only pre-approved activities qualify for DSW registration renewal and an attendance list is required as proof of participation. Written pre-approval must be given by the Walnut Creek CERT Program Manager, Megan Stephenson.

  • Participate in a CERT training class or drill, attend a CERT meeting (see list below), or participate in a weekly CERT radio net
  • Take an online FEMA course  at https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
    • IS-100, -200, -700, -10, -11 are acceptable courses to complete, for example.
    • Pick a course that you have not already taken
    • Obtain written pre-approval for courses not listed above.
  • Train with the Red Cross or similar NGO, or deploy for disaster response - provide certificate of completion
  • Participate in a pre-approved FEMA-, CalOES-, or Red Cross-sponsored deployment. Request approval from Megan Stephenson before deployment.

The recurring CERT meetings listed below qualify for DSW renewal provided that a sign-in sheet is preserved to show individual attendance:

  • Monthly or quarterly CERT area meetings - Area Coordinators must archive sign-in sheets.
  • Weekly radio nets - CERT amateur radio group & net control must record and archive participation records. 
  • CERT bi-monthly city-wide refresher meetings.

    BLANK DSW FORM

    Form must be endorsed at bottom of page by a CERT volunteer authorized to administer loyalty oath 

     

    Report errors on this page to cert@walnut-creek.org

     

    Updated on 2019-06-13.