The Martinez News-Gazette reported that Martinez Area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is the proud recipient of multiple donations from supportive community companies.

Andeavor Refinery of Martinez notified CERT that they are donating $12,500 for its emergency response equipment, training gear, and upgrades to the existing communication trailer. In addition, Chevron donated $1000, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) donated $500 for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities, and PG&E donated $350 to Martinez Area CERT.

Martinez has one of the more active CERT communities in the bay area, and these funds will help build our training and preparedness capacity.

“We have a duty to build a Culture of Preparedness in which our neighbors, families and friends are ready for any disaster event, to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared. Each one of us has a responsibility to understand the risks, both natural and man-made, that disasters pose to our communities and to recognize we have a role in preparing for these events,” said Gwenda Webster, CERT’s new volunteer Class and Training Manager.