While the weather is cool and wet, our Firewise champion Marta is starting the 2020 fire season planning early with talks to members of the local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. Her presentations will focus on defensible space and how neighbors can work together to ensure greater fire prevention in neighborhoods.Read More
Join Martinez Area CERT as we host an outstanding psychologist and educator, Dr. Jon Kayne in a two-day training on Basic Group Crisis Intervention Training. This is a rare opportunity, and attendance is limited!Read More
FEMA’s fascinating PrepTalks “are given by subject-matter experts and thought leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership. In this PrepTalk, Amanda Ripley combines the inspiring stories of disaster survivors with research into how the brain works when confronted with unusual events. She explains why our instinctive response may be the worst possible reaction, unless we have had the experience and/or the training to help us act quickly.Read More
This hour-long video about the Camp Fire illustrates how the best and most thorough planning may not be enough. For personal planning, any preparation is better than none. Your first Go bag? Water, medicines, and a flash drive with important documents is a good start.Read More
A lot of us take BART to the many places we need to go. Some of us have wondered what would happen if we’re on the tracks, in a tunnel, or under the bay when a big quake happens. We know there are geological fault lines that would affect our ride. The people at BART have wondered that too. BART carries about 415,000 travelers every day, and this isn’t a new issue for them.Read More
On November 16, 2019, from 09:00 – 12:00, Martinez CERT will be part of a county-wide exercise to test our radio communication links all the way from local CERT teams to the CoCo County Emergency Operations Center. This exercise will give all of us an opportunity to practice how we would organize in a major event and how well we can communicate up and down the chain. If you would like to participate, please contact one of the coordinators listed in this post.Read More
Our final CERT Training exercise was held at the lovely and spacious Community Center in Brentwood on Saturday, 26 October. Everyone who needed help were rescued and treated with our first aid skills. Fires were extinguished, cribbing was built and bodies moved to safety, and paperwork was completed.
Well done, new CERT volunteers!
The fire was very close to our barn of 19 horses. We had plans in place, our barn had talked about disaster preparation, and we had CCCART (Contra Costa County Animal Response Team) put together a presentation on how to prepare for disasters. However, planning and preparation is good; proper execution is better.Read More
The Board of Supervisors’ presentation recognizing Contra Costa County Cities Citizen Corp CERT Committee (C-8) for their award from the State of California Office of Volunteers, Office of the Governor of California.Read More
We’re joining other local CERT programs for our final Disaster Training Exercise at the Brentwood Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 7am. All CERT-trained volunteers are welcome to participate!Read More