Author: Martinez CERT

You Never Know When CERT Training Will Be Needed

A story of emergency response and basic first aid from our friend Rusty, an early Martinez CERT member who recently moved away. “What a Friday night! We were finishing up after dinner when a frantic ring at our door bell caused me to rush out. A lady from next door was yelling for help!”

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Crisis and Critical Incident Stress Management Follow-up

Our two-day Critical Incident Stress Management class was great. We learned a set of procedures that can help de-stress the first responders in emergency or disaster situations. As always, the first step is to observe and listen to what’s going on. This is called “developing situational awareness.” We hope to be using these tools and techniques with others in the future.

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Basic Home Fire Safety Meeting

Join us on Aug 4 at 7pm in the small parking lot at Las Juntas Elementary School for a basic primer on Home Fire Safety. Our District 5 Coordinator Milagros Juan-Ojermark will host Julie Ormerod, from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District at this event.

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Martinez, CA: A Case Study

Our CERT Instructor and District 10 Coordinator has written a research paper in which she uses Martinez as a study in fire safety measures and practices. The west side of town is in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (according to Cal Fire). What does this mean for the residents of the area?

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Log Your Hours

Firewise Links

Martinez hillside emergency evacuation routes (map)

What is Defensible Space? CCCFPD offers a great self-assessment survey.

We're a Firewise community! Read about our journey and our updates.

A new online reporting form for weed abatement concerns and violations.

Contra Costa County maps viewer for finding property reference numbers.


The USGS has published several outstanding papers that describe our situation, should a serious (6.7 or greater) earthquake happen along the Hayward Fault.

Important Resources

Listos California links

Earthquake resources: 7 Step Guide and After Earthquake Guide

Contra Costa Emergency Radio: Martinez residents listen to KQED 88.3 FM.

Safety Tips for Wildfire + COVID-19 (6 page PDF) in English, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese

Disaster Ready Guide and en EspaƱol (PDF)

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