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The Thousand Oaks Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is a well-organized group of trained, local citizen volunteers. Members volunteer their time and energy in being prepared to assist local government and public safety agencies in serving the Conejo Valley and Ventura County of Southern California.

DART receives funding from the City of Thousand Oaks and is administered by the Thousand Oaks Police Department. DART is called upon by the Police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments to assist in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Learn more by looking at our Volunteer page!

DART to support Thousand Oaks Host Town Athletes

10644166_1509165629321767_8558706512263843094_oThousand Oaks DART is proud to be asked to fulfill the first aid and missing persons requirements for the Special Olympics World Games Host Town athletes.

The Special Olympics Host Town Program is a very special 3-day program that takes place prior to the Special Olympics World Games held in Los Angeles in July 2015. The Special Olympics World Games is the largest humanitarian and athletic event Los Angeles has seen since the 1984 Olympics. Over 7,000 athletes are expected to participate in the games.

As a “Host Town,” the City will roll out the red carpet for approximately 100 of these athletes in Thousand Oaks from July 21st through July 24, 2015.  While here, the athletes will get to know community members, be able to take part in unique activities, and train for the games.

The City will be responsible for 100% of the costs associated, such as lodging and food for the athletes.  In order to pay for the expenses, the City will be working with several service organizations, and seeking financial contributions and in-kind donations.

Please be involved!  This is not just a City event, but a community event and requires the participation of many in our community.  To keep up with the latest information, be sure to “Like” the Thousand Oaks host town facebook page.

Business Continuity

We spend a LOT of our time talking about Disaster Preparedness and Disaster Avoidance, but here, the Sheriff demonstrates Business Continuity. With 911 and dispatch being upgraded in the Ventura city-center, our IT staff was able to completely relocate these key services within hours to our Thousand Oaks location.

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Conejo Valley Days 2015

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Setup is almost complete.

We will be providing the following services:

  • First Aid – All our members and First Aid / AED / CPR certified. We will have a full blown medical tent available along with 7 member EMT’s that are on staff throughout the event.
  • Missing Persons – Whether it is a missing child or a missing adult, all DART members have been trained on grid search techniques to find that missing (or hiding) person.
  • Lost Child Wristbands – A team of members will welcome you at the gate. If you are accompanying a minor, they will ask you if you want to give your child an emergency bracelet with your name and phone number on it. When they come to the tent, we can then make a call to re-unite the group.
  • Bike Team – Throughout periods of high attendance, we will have our bike team circulating the park for optimal response time to emergencies.
  • Community Education – One side of the CVD ‘DART campus’ is dedicated to community education including, disaster preparedness, emergency communications (Nixel, VCAlert and Nextdoor), and various aspects of the Thousand Oaks DART team. Come by and get a dart carabiner.
  • Demonstrations – On demand demonstrations of various life saving techniques such as CPR, AED use.
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