The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a nationwide effort at preparing individuals and communities to be better prepared in disasters. In some areas, the focus may be more on terrorist threats, and in others, natural hazards such as earthquakes, fire, tornadoes, tsunamis, flooding etc. Los Gatos and Monte Sereno have received funding and CERT has been getting rolled out here. Last night in my area, Belwood (one of 13 CERT communities), there was a meeting about safety generally and CERT in particular, and I believe these meetings are happening or will happen in the various CERT areas.
On July 13, there will be a CERT event at the Los Gatos Civic Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,for a CERT Fire extinguisher training, unveiling of the new Civic Center Neighborhood Incident Command Post (NICP) and a B.B.Q. All are welcome! You can register for this event on the Eventbrite page.
Learn more about CERT – wonderful video produced by FEMA. The opening segment has to do with the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989.
Looking to get trained as a CERT volunteer? You can sign up here for the course, which begins in October.
Los Gatos and Monte Sereno provide opportunities to volunteer in case of disaster through a program overseen by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. It’s called CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is one of the most visible Town emergency preparedness programs, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This 20-hour course offers training in disaster preparation response and recovery skills. (From the CERT page on the town’s website.)
A new series of training events begins on April 30th, 2019, so if you are interested in getting involved, this is the perfect time to check it out. The cost is $35.
There are a number of topics covered, such as disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, damage assessment, and much more. You can see the details on the town’s page for the CERT Training.
The police department has grouped neighborhoods into 13 sets (part of the map is below – click on it to go to the page, or click this link to go to the LGMS Cert Map):
- Almond Grove / Downtown
- Blossom Hill / Shannon
- Civic Center
- Kennedy East
- Kennedy North
- Los Gatos-Almaden
- Monte Sereno West
- N Santa Cruz
- Santa Rosa Hicks
- Vista del Monte
The white or gray areas are either county pockets not served by the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department or are nearby cities: San Jose, Campbell, or Saratoga.
I’m hoping that the effort is not overly rigid in these boundaries as some of them don’t really make sense to my way of thinking. Part of the Santa Rosa Hicks area can only be driven to from Belwood, for instance. And there are some areas that are San Jose parcels with a Los Gatos mailing address that can only be accessed from Los Gatos – hopefully they would be included even if they aren’t technically in town.