The Central Aid Agency recently adopted a formal Primary Operating Philosophy that codifies how our organization functions when it comes to operations.
The Primary Operating Philosophy of the Central Aid Agency is for the agency to be a well-trained deployable resource for governmental and nongovernmental organizations alike, able to assist and support, especially when their own resources are insufficient. Provide capability in difficult or hard to reach areas. Fill community needs that may otherwise be left unmet. And supplement, rather than supplant, the capabilities of existing governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
The recently activated Central Aid Agency Chaplain Corps is gearing up to add this critical capability to the C.A.A. repertoire and deployable resources. Under the experienced guidance of Lt. Jim Fields, Branch Director of the Chaplain Corps and retired Master Chaplain, the Chaplain Corps already has operating policies and a training curriculum ready to go. The next step will be to recruit people interested in becoming C.A.A. Chaplains. C.A.A. Chaplains will provide spiritual and emotional support to C.A.A. personnel and the public alike, and Chaplains can be deployed alongside other C.A.A. resources during response operations for critical incidents and disasters.
During most of last week the Central Aid Agency, including members of Central Aid Agency CERT, deployed alongside Lane Community College Campus CERT to support ongoing COVID-19 vaccination clinics. During the 7 days of deployment, almost 2,500 people received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. As emergency responders, all of our personnel in attendance were also given the opportunity to receive the vaccine if they wanted it.
Our CERT program Central Aid Agency CERT was featured as a "CERT Snapshot" in the FEMA Region 10 Individual & Community Preparedness quarterly newsletter for our deployment related to the Holiday Farm Fire!