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Mountain CERT volunteers have not only been trained to help in the event of an emergency, but they are dedicated to bringing preparedness information to the community.
Very soon, a CERT member may be knocking on your door, handing out vital information packets about emergency preparations. The information is free, and there is no obligation on your part. The only thing that CERT asks, is that you begin to make some preparations, so that you know how to take care of yourself and your family in any situation.
You Are Not Alone
YANA is sponsored by the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s station and is manned by the Citizens On Patrol (COP) volunteers. This is a safe, secure, confidential service to provide communication with senior citizens who do not have daily contact with friends, family members, or neighbors.
YANA was developed to address the needs of seniors who otherwise have no daily contact with others. A simple fall that prevents a person from reaching the phone to call for help can be compounded if the person is trapped and cannot get medical assistance. Active people who don’t have frequent visitors can also benefit from the program.
For years, communities have had phone tree groups, which call and check on isolated seniors. Now, some of these groups are working with the Sheriff’s Department as volunteers.
Every morning, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, a volunteer will call seniors who have registered with YANA. The phone call lasts just a few minutes. If the volunteer is unable to reach the senior, they will keep trying, just in case the person being called is unable to get to the phone in time. After trying for 30 minutes with no response, a patrol deputy will be sent to the
residence to conduct a welfare check on the person. YANA does not provide transportation, run errands, or come by and visit. Yana simply provides a line to the outside world.
The biggest obstacle for people signing up for the program is that they think it’s an indication they can no longer take care of themselves. That simply is not true. We have all heard the stories of an isolated person who had an accident and lay for days before anyone summoned help. This program was designed to be in touch with people every 24 hours.
Another obstacle is the concern about the confidentiality and security of information. Senior safety demands that information about who is elderly and living alone be held in the strictest security. That’s why this program is run and maintained by the Sheriff’s Department. Only authorized personnel have access to YANA participant information, and only on a “need to know” basis.
If you are a senior living alone, or if you know of a senior who could benefit from the YANA program, contact Citizens On Patrol at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Twin Peaks Station at: