Community Emergency Response Team Training

Be trained in Community Emergency Response.
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  • When: Three Saturdays, April 2, 9, and 16
  • Where: Town Hall (930 East 54th Street)
  • Cost: Free — 21-hour time committment

Presented by the Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security and
Rocky Ripple Emergency Management (RREM), the Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) provides basic training in
disaster preparedness for residents, which increases the ability
of citizens to manage an extreme situation until first responders or
other assistance arrives.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises,
CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or
workplace following an event where professional responders are
not immediately available to help. You will be trained to provide
services such as supply distribution, fire safety, damage
assessment, neighbor well-checks, light search and rescue, and
disaster medical operations.

The full CERT curriculum is a 21-hour FEMA-based training
module comprised of eight classes, and completed over three Saturdays.
Fully-trained CERT members graduate with a certificate of
completion and are eligible for additional training. The last session
of the training is followed by a hands-on practical simulation.

If you want to join the course or have questions, contact Andy
Hazel at ajhaze77@gmail.com. Learn more at DHS online via
Twitter, Facebook or their website at www.indy.gov/dhs.

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Coyotes

Within the past few days numerous residents have reported seeing coyotes in Town. No reports have been made in Town of them attacking pets or being aggressive in nature but residents do need to be proactive in helping to prevent and discourage the coyotes.

The DNR has provided these tips in dealing with coyotes.

Prevention and Control

Feed pets indoors whenever possible; pick up leftovers if feeding outdoors and store pet and livestock feed where it’s inaccessible to wildlife
Eliminate water bowls and other artificial water sources (if possible).
Position bird feeders in a location that is less likely to attract small animals or bring the feeders in at night (to keep coyotes from feeding on the bird food or the other animals).
Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it. Secure garbage containers
Trim and clean shrubbery near ground level to reduce hiding cover for coyotes or their prey
Do not allow pets to run free and provide secure nighttime housing for them
If you start seeing coyotes around your home, discourage them by shouting, making loud noises or throwing rocks but NEVER corner a coyote – always give the coyote a free escape route.

For more information visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2351.htm

Michael Kiefer, Marshal
Rocky Ripple Police Department
930 W. 54th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317)257-7962

Town Council Updates

– Town Council election results
– ALERT: House break-in Tuesday


Town Council election (unofficial) results

The unofficial results for three candidates receiving the most votes for the race for Rocky Ripple Town Council at-large are:
  • Brad Barcom
  • Carla Gaff-Clark
  • Robert Tomey
Cathy Hurt ran unopposed, therefore she will continue on as Clerk Treasurer.

Election results are finalized when they are certified by the Marion County Election Board. All terms begin January 1, 2012.

Congratulations to all of the candidates for your willingness to serve our community.


House break-in Tuesday

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, someone reportedly attempted to break into a home on Riverview Drive at 53rd Street. Witnesses observed a mid-90s black Chevrolet Impala near the scene. Apparently a baseball bat was used to bash a hole in the door so the intruder could reach in to unlock the door. Several witnesses later observed three white males apparently casing other properties, even entering the property of a home. It is unknown at this time if the incidents are connected.

Remember to keep your doors locked–to your house, your garage, your vehicles, and your storage sheds. Keep valuables out of site, away from your windows.

Also, if you hire anyone to do work in or around your house, make sure you know and trust them.

The Indianapolis Marion County Police Department has prepared a tip-sheet to help you better protect your property.

http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPS/IMPD/Documents/CrimePreventionTips.pdf

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door

  • Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a neighbor’s phone to call police. Dial 911.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
  • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.

DIAL 911 for police assistance.

RREM/CERT

The next meeting of the Rocky Ripple Emergency Management/Community Emergency Response Team is Saturday May 14, 10 a.m. at the Town Hall. RREM/CERT meetings and trainings are open to all residents who have an interest in the community’s public safety. Do you have ideas on encouraging more residents to participate? If so, the RREM/CERT meeting is the place to be to share your ideas.

A training is also being planned, details forthcoming.

Rocky Ripple is unique in that it has its own RREM/CERT effort and needs your participation.

“Spring cleaning” along roadways and in alleys

Rocky Ripple Town ordinances require residents to keep roadways clear of trees and flora.

From the Town Ordinances, 2-3-3 Sec. 11:

Duties of Property Owner (a) The owner of any private property in Rocky Ripple which borders or lies adjacent any public street, alley, right-of-way, place or park and upon which any trees or flora may be standing shall trim or cause such trees or flora to be trimmed, either at the property line, or to a clear height of at least eight (8) feet above the surface of any abutting right-or-way or place, and fourteen (14) feet above any public street or alley. No person shall plant or maintain any tree or flora so close to any property line as to obstruct the vision or free passage of pedestrians or motorists along the streets or public right-of-way. Rocky Ripple or its contractual agents may enter upon private property to do such cutting or trimming as may be necessary to remove any offending and obstructing tree or flora that is prohibited by the provisions hereof.

(b) An owner shall, and Rocky Ripple may, remove from flora all dead, decayed, broken or dangerous limbs, branches or parts thereof or any that overhang or are close to any public street, alley, right-of-way, or place, and, when any such flora is dead, the owner shall completely remove the same, or after notice to and failure of the owner so to do, the Town of Rocky Ripple or its lawful agents may cause such removal and charge the cost thereof to the owner.

“A little proactive trimming now will be appreciated by your neighbors in the summer time,” said Mike Kiefer, Town Marshal.

Revised flood wall plan comments due Friday March 4

Comments in response to the Army Corps of Engineers 2011 Environmental Assessment of the Indianapolis, White River (North), IN Flood Damage Reduction Project are due Friday March 4, 2011. Attempts to increase the comment period by 90 days have failed.

This proposed plan includes substantial modifications, some of which may have an impact on Rocky Ripple and the Central Canal water supply for 600,000 Indianapolis residents.

The minutes from the February 28 special meeting held at the Riviera Club are available for review.