The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio Needs You!!

The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio Needs You!!

The American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio is a volunteer-based humanitarian organization that addresses the needs of the community in times of disasters. These disasters range from natural events to house fires. When people are in need, the Red Cross is there. In order to fulfill our mission, volunteers are critical. Our volunteers are individuals like you and I that want to do good for others. Many of our volunteers have been trained by other organizations such as community-based responders, emergency management organizations, and CERTs. The Red Cross is an excellent supplement to these other organizations if one desires to be a little more active to community response. To become a Red Cross volunteer, all you need to do is apply online at or call your local Red Cross chapter’s disaster service office at 216-361-2365. We’ll even visit you at your next group activity or meeting.

Spring has Sprung, Ways to Deal with Natural Disasters

Spring has Sprung, Ways to Deal with Natural Disasters

Thunderstorms & Lightning

Lightning storm at night
All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long term, debilitating symptoms.
Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.

To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
Postpone outdoor activities.
Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.
During Thunderstorms and Lightning

If thunderstorm and lightning are occurring in your area, you should:

Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
Avoid contact with corded phones and devices including those plugged into electric for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are OK to use.
Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

Before A Tornado

To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
Look for the following danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Some

Quick facts you should know about tornadoes:

They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 mph, but may vary from stationary to 70 mph.
Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.
Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 pm and 9 pm, but can occur at any time.

During A Tornado:

If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately! Most injuries associated with high winds are from flying debris, so remember to protect your head.
If you are in a structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building):
Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
Put on sturdy shoes.
Do not open windows.
A manufactured home or office:
Get out immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
The outside with no shelter:
If you are not in a sturdy building, there is no single research-based recommendation for what last-resort action to take because many factors can affect your decision. Possible actions include:
Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
In all situations:
Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

After A Tornado:

Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
If you are trapped, do not move about or kick up dust. Tap on a pipe or wall or use a whistle, if you have one, so that rescuers can locate you.
Stay out of damaged buildings and homes until local authorities indicate it is safe.
Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
If your home is without power, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns rather than candles to prevent accidental fires.

What to do in case of flood?



Steps to Take:

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

Before a Flood (when flooding is forecast):

  • Be alert.
  • Monitor your surroundings.
  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, local television and radio stations, or go to
  • If a flash flood warning is issued for your area: Climb to safety immediately.
  • Flash floods develop quickly. Do not wait until you see rising water.
  • Get out of low areas subject to flooding.
  • If driving, do not drive through flooded roadways!
  • Assemble disaster supplies:
  • Drinking water – Fill clean containers.
  • Food that requires no refrigeration or cooking.
  • Cash.
  • Medications and first aid supplies.
  • Clothing, toiletries.
  • Battery-powered radio.
  • Flashlights.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Important documents: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers.
  • Be prepared to evacuate.
  • Identify places to go.
  • Identify alternative travel routes that are not prone to flooding.
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • If told to leave, do so quickly.
  • Review your Family Disaster Plan.
  • Discuss flood plans with your family.
  • Decide where you will meet if separated.
  • Designate a contact person who can be reached if family members get separated. Make sure every family member has the contact information.
  • Protect your property.
  • Move valuables and furniture to higher levels.
  • Move hazardous materials (such as paint, oil, pesticides, and cleaning supplies) to higher locations.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch them if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Bring outside possessions indoors or tie them down securely. This includes lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other movable objects.
  • Seal vents to basements to prevent flooding.

During a Flood:

  • Be alert.
  • Monitor your surroundings.
  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, local television and radio stations, or go to
  • Don’t drive unless you have to.
  • If you must drive, travel with care.
  • Make sure your vehicle has enough fuel.
  • Follow recommended routes. DO NOT sightsee.
  • Avoid disaster areas. Your presence might hamper rescue or other emergency operations and put you at further risk.
  • Watch for washed out roads, earth slides, and downed trees or power lines.
  • Be especially cautious at night, when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • If the vehicle stalls, abandon it.
  • If water rises around your car, leave the vehicle immediately. Climb to higher ground as quickly as possible.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways. STOP! Turn Around Don’t Drown.
  • The roadbed may be washed out.
  • You can lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water.
  • Your car may float. Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Turn around and go another way!
  • Get to high ground – Climb to safety!
  • Get out of low areas that may be subject to flooding.
  • Avoid already-flooded areas and do not attempt to cross flowing water.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
  • Evacuate immediately, if you think you are at risk or are advised to do so!
  • Act quickly. Save yourself, not your belongings.
  • Move to a safe area before access is cut off by rising water.
  • Families should use only one vehicle to avoid getting separated and reduce traffic jams.
  • Shut off water, gas, and electrical services before leaving.
  • Secure your home: lock all doors and windows.
  • If directed to a specific location, go there.
  • Never try to walk or swim through flowing water.
  • If flowing water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way.
  • If it is moving swiftly, water 6 inches deep can knock you off your feet.
  • Be aware that people have been swept away wading through flood waters.
  • NEVER allow children to play around high water, storm drains, creeks, or rivers.
  • Shut off the electricity at the circuit breakers.
  • If someone falls in or is trapped in flood water:
  • Do not go after the victim!
  • Use a floatation device. If possible throw the victim something to help them float, such as a spare tire, large ball, or foam ice chest.
  • Call 911. Call for assistance and give the correct location information.

After a Flood:

  • Wait until it is safe to return.
  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or local television and radio stations.
  • Do not return to flooded areas until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
  • Do not visit disaster areas following a flood. Your presence may hamper urgent emergency response and rescue operations.
  • Travel with care.
  • Follow recommended routes. DO NOT sightsee.
  • Watch for washed out roads, earth slides, and downed trees or power lines.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • If a building was flooded, check for safety before entering.
  • Do not enter a building if it is still flooded or surrounded by floodwater.
  • Check for structural damage. Inspect foundations for cracks or other damage.
  • Turn off any outside gas lines at the meter tank.
  • Do not enter a building that has flooded until local building officials have inspected it for safety.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. The most common injury following a disaster is cut feet.
  • Use ONLY battery-powered lighting. Flammable material may be present.
  • Look for fire hazards (such as damaged gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, or submerged furnaces).
  • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. If possible turn off the gas at the outside main valve. Call the gas company.
  • Report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
  • Check for electrical system damage (sparks, broken or frayed wires, or the smell of burning insulation). Turn off the electricity at the main circuit breaker if you can reach it without stepping in water.
  • Examine walls, floors, doors, windows, and ceilings for risk of collapsing.
  • Watch out for animals that might have entered with the floodwaters.
  • Let the building air out to remove foul odors or escaping gas.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Get professional help.
  • Seek necessary medical care. Do not neglect minor wounds or illnesses.
  • Food, clothing, shelter, and first aid are available from the American Red Cross.
  • If the gas has been turned off for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Have an electrician check the electrical system and appliances.
  • Wells should be pumped out and the water tested for purity before drinking.
  • Your home is no longer a safe place.
  • Throw away medicine, food, or water that had contact with floodwaters (including canned goods).
  • If water is of questionable purity, boil drinking water for 10 minutes.
  • Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
  • Keep windows and doors open for ventilation.
  • Pump out flooded basements gradually (removing about 1/3 of the water volume each day) to avoid structural damage.
  • Keep the power off until an electrician has inspected the system for safety. All electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.
  • Service damaged sewage systems as soon as possible.
  • When making repairs, protect your property from future flood damage.
  • Follow local building codes.
  • Use flood-resistant materials and techniques.
  • Elevate electrical components above the potential flood height.
  • Elevate utilities (washer, dryer, furnace, and water heater) above the level of anticipated flooding.
  • Consider elevation of the entire structure.
  • Install a backflow valve in the sewer system.


Quarterly General Meeting Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Quarterly General Meeting Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Quarterly General Meeting
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Please join us this Wednesday 03/15/2017 at the Independence Civic Center at 7:00 pm. The next general meeting will be:
June 14, 2017
Please mark your calendars

The speaker at the Spring meeting will be Chief Joe from Brooklyn Hts will do a presentation on AED/CPR and basic first aid.

With spring arriving, people will be setting out on walks, bicycling and hiking. Do you remember what you need to do if a family member gets an injury? How about if you are on a walk and that bicyclist hits a pothole and takes a nasty spill. Be prepared for incidents like this.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

To provide assistance to our community Fire Departments in times of need. To help them provide the “greatest good for the greatest number of people” in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Non-profit organization

Non-profit organization

Quad City CERT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Employer Identification Number: 26-2192213. All donations can be considered a tax-exempt, charitable contribution.

By Laws

By Laws

June 5, 2007
Revised July, 2010



  1. The name of this organization is the Quad City Cert, formed June
    3, 2003 for the communities of Seven Hills, Independence, Brooklyn
    Hts., and Valley View (Ohio).
  2. CERT as used in the name of this organization stands for
    Community Emergency Response Team .



  1. The aims and objectives of this organization is to assist Local
    Emergency Services in any and all emergencies, and to assist the
    general public in such emergencies as trained.
  2. To train, educate, and inform the public regarding Emergency



  1. Quad City CERT area is defined as:
    • Brooklyn Hts., Independence, Seven Hills, and Valley View
  2. The location of business and general meeting shall be at the
    discretion of the Executive Board.
  3. The Executive Board may recess to Executive Session whenever



  1. Entry into the Quad City CERT program requires that each person
    fill out and sign both an Application and Waiver. Submitting an
    Application does not guarantee admittance to the next scheduled
    class. If the persons Application is accepted, they will be entered
    into the Quad City CERT database and informed of the upcoming

  2. A Quad City CERT “Member” is defined as:
    • A person currently residing in one of the Quad City CERT
      communities (Brooklyn Hts., Independence, Seven Hills, or Valley
      View, Ohio).
    • A person that has completed the 20 hour CERT Training, as
      required by FEMA
    • • Having met these two obligations, the member will receive a
      Certificate of Completion, I.D. Tag (designating trained), and
      CERT Kit.
    • Proof of residency in the form of a Drivers License may be
      required at any time.
    • CERT supplies and equipment are issued on the basis of
      participation in the Quad City CERT area and remains the
      property of your local safety forces. Should the member move out
      of the area of these four communities, the member may keep their
      Certificate of Completion for the training only, all other
      equipment must be returned to the community in good condition.
    • The approval and termination of a Quad City member is under
      the authority of the Fire Chief of that community. (Added July
      8, 2010)
  3. A Quad City CERT “Reserve” member is defined as:
    • A person currently residing in one of the Quad City CERT
      communities (Brooklyn Hts., Independence, Seven Hills, or Valley
      View, Ohio).
    • A person that is in the database, but has not completed the
      20 hour CERT Training, as required by FEMA.
    • Reserve members are not eligible to receive a CERT Kit, or
      Certificate of Completion
    • A CERT I.D. Tag will be issued designating Reserve level of
    • Proof of residency in the form of a Driver License may be
      required at any time.
    • CERT supplies and equipment are issued on the basis of
      participation in the Quad City CERT area and remains the
      property of your local safety forces. Should the member move out
      of the area of these four communities, the member may keep their
      Certificate of Completion for the training only, all other
      equipment must be returned to the community in good condition.



    1. The government shall be by the Executive Board placing
      business on the agenda by the use of motion, and a simple 2/3
      majority vote, of those members present, will be needed to
      approve or disapprove motions.
    2. Monthly meetings are public, and shall be posted on the website. The Executive Board Chairperson or, in
      their absence, another Executive Board member chairing the
      meeting, shall have sole discretion over the agenda, and content
      of the proceedings. Quad City CERT members interested in
      attending to observe proceedings are welcome to do so. Quad City
      CERT members interested in introducing information to the
      Executive Board must contact the Chairperson prior to the
      meeting to be put on the agenda.
    1. The Board shall be established to direct activities of the
      Quad City CERT program for Seven Hills, Independence, Brooklyn
      Hts., and Valley View Ohio, to control its finances, and to
      maintain a trained membership.
    2. The Executive Board shall consist of two (2) members from
      each community. One (1) of those members from each community
      shall be the Fire Chief. The other member representing his/her
      community shall be chosen by that community’s Fire Chief. The
      Executive Board shall appoint an Executive Director, who will
      also serve as the ninth (9) member of the Executive Board.
    3. The Executive Committee is empowered to appropriate and spend
      money with a maximum of $250.00 for Quad City CERT. Any amount
      over $250.00 shall be subject to approval by a majority vote of
      those members present at a regular Executive Board meeting.
    4. The Executive Board shall appoint a Chairperson, and Vice
      Chairperson in the month of September each year. The Chairman,
      Vice Chairman and Executive Director shall serve at the
      discretion of the Executive Board.
      1. This person is the Quad City CERT Director over the
        Coordinators from each City.
      2. To act as an liaison to the Executive Board of the Quad
        City CERT and it’s committees.
      3. To hold all rights as a voting member to the Executive
        Board and the Committees.
      4. To attend regular meetings with the local coordinators to
        convey the wishes of the Executive Board and relay
        information from the team to the Executive Board.
      1. To act as the Chairperson for the Quad City CERT.
      2. To coordinate all activities directly over Quad City CERT
      3. Conduct all Quad City CERT and Executive Board meetings
        and agendas for such meetings..
      4. Work closely with the Quad City CERT Coordinators and to
        attend their monthly planning meeting when possible.
      1. To assist the Chairperson with all Quad City CERT direct
      2. To act as Chairperson in the absence of the elected
        Chairperson in full capacity of that position.
      3. To act in behalf of any Sub Committee Director in their
        absence to ensure a consistent continuity of the
      1. To take minutes of all Executive Board meetings and
        Coordinators Meetings.
      2. Maintain a Data Base of all Quad City CERT training,
        instructors, and resources of any kind, etc.
      1. Be responsible for all Quad City CERT funds and maintain
        an accurate record of those funds.
      2. Disburse all funds as directed by the Quad City CERT
        Committees and Executive Board recommendations.
      3. Be subject to an audit of all financial records annually,
        and as necessary upon request of the Board of Directors.
      4. Liaison between Cuyahoga County EMA and Quad City CERT.
      5. An Audit committee shall be established by the Executive
        Board to perform a annual audit.
      6. An annual assessment will be established and sent to each
        Community annually
      1. Reports directly to the Quad City CERT Executive
      2. All local coordinators to meet regularly for the purpose
        of coordinating regular operational needs among the four
      3. Attend as necessary committee meetings for the
        dissemination of information to and from the Executive
      4. Maintain open line of communication and consistency
        between all committees of the four communities.
      5. Local Coordinators as a group shall appoint committees to
        assist in any and all emergencies.



  1. As an organization formed to assist and train the general public,
    and to serve Local Emergency Services, the membership of this
    organization will so conduct themselves in a professional manner,
    and will not discredit this or any other organization intentionally.

    1. Any member discrediting this organization or any other
      organization intentionally will become subject to an internal
      hearing by the Executive Board on the charges made against them.
      Any criminal charges brought upon the member shall be handled in
      accordance with the laws of the State, County, or City.
    2. Any member found guilty of charges of misconduct shall be
      expelled from this organization without any recourse, and the
      organization or any of its members will not be held liable for
      any of the charges of the one being expelled.



  1. Conduct of the Business of this Organization shall be vested in
    the Executive Board.



  1. When, and if these By-Laws are changed or added to in any way the
    changes or additions are made by the Executive Board.



  1. There are three levels of “Activation”
    1. County – Initiated by Cuyahoga County Emergency Management
      Agency (CCEMA)
    2. Quad City CERT – Initiated by one of the four Fire
      Departments Chiefs.
    3. Community Non-Emergency Events – Initiated by the
      Coordinator, with Fire Departmental approval.

In the event of an Emergency, as defined by numbers 1,2, & 3
above, Quad City CERT must be activated by a Fire Chief, or their

  1. The Fire Chief activating CERT should notify the other three Fire
    Chiefs. (Regardless of why, the initiating Fire Chief, or
    representative, should contact the other three Fire Departments,
    trying the Fire Chief, or representative first, then the Fire
  2. The initiating Fire Chief, or representative, will also be
    responsible for contacting the Executive Director for Quad City
  3. The Executive Director, having received “specific needs of
    deployment” from the initiating Fire Chief, will be responsible for
    contacting the Chairperson for the Executive Board and the four City
  4. From the Executive Director’s instruction, (by the Fire
    Department), Coordinators will determine if a specific group should
    be activated (ex: Search & Rescue only). And/or if an automated
    call should go out.
  5. The Chairperson will contact the other members of the Executive
Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions


Maps & Directions

Brooklyn Heights, 44131

Fire Department, 345 Tuxedo Avenue
Brooklyn Heights, 44131

Community Center, 225 Tuxedo Avenue
Brooklyn Heights, 44131

Independence, 44131

Fire Department, 6305 Selig Drive
Independence, 44131

Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive
Independence, 44131

High School, 6001 Archwood Drive
Independence, 44131

Former Middle School, 6565 Brecksville Road
Independence, 44131

Seven Hills, 44131

Fire Department, 7195 Broadview Road
Seven Hills, 44131

Community Center, 7777 Summit View Drive
Seven Hills, 44131

Valley View, 44125

Fire Department, 6895 Hathaway Road
Valley View, 44125

Community Center, 6828 Hathaway Road
Valley View, 44125

Valley View Woods Park, 13005 Shreiber Road
Valley View, 44125