Events


Coronavirus Update

Please note:
Due to the potential for transmission of the coronavirus, the Santa Cruz County CERT Auxiliary is suspending in-person group activities indefinitely. We will reschedule in-person CERT courses and classes when it is again considered safe for group activity. In the meantime, we will be conducting classes online using the Zoom platform.
You are welcome to register for in-person Basic CERT courses and Continuing Education classes if we schedule them, but recognize that they may be postponed until a later date. We will contact you if the class is postponed, and you will be given top priority when the class is rescheduled.

Here are some upcoming events of interest to CERT participants. (See the Calendar for a full schedule.)

For online classes on the Zoom platform, you will be sent the Zoom link to use several days before the class.

Information about meetings of the CERT Auxiliary Working Group can be found here.

  • June 18: Continuing Education — MURS Radio Intermediate Class
    Presenter — Bob Fike, Emergency Coordinator, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), San Lorenzo Valley
    CERT radio communication allows for information to be gathered quickly and passed on to help make decisions on priority of response. In this intermediate class the discussion centers on radio wave propagation, making calls, CERT and ARES radio structure and radio accessories (possibilities of increasing range). Zoom class, 7–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • June 23: Continuing Education — Utility Safety and Handling Emergencies
    Presenter — Stew Roth, PG&E Community Representative
    Are you ready for power shut-offs and possible utility emergencies? PG&E representative Stew Roth presents an informative and engaging discussion dealing with gas and electric infrastructure, identifying utility hazards and risks, and recognizing emergencies and what to do about them. Zoom class, 7–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • June 30: Continuing Education — Wildfire Evacuation – How to Plan
    Presenter — John Collins, Team Leader Scotts Valley/Branciforte CERT
    You have just received a fire evacuation order and have 5 minutes before leaving your home. Are you ready? This class reviews what planning is necessary so that you are. Zoom class, 6:30–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • July 1: Continuing Education — Active Shooter — What to Do!
    Presenter — Marsha Hovey, Emergency Management Consultant
    Prepare for an Active Shooter scenario. Learn a survival mindset, planning ahead, decision making and run, hide and fight strategies. Zoom class, 7–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • July 9: Continuing Education — Risk Management for the CERT Squad
    Presenter — John Collins, Team Leader Scotts Valley/Branciforte CERT
    How do CERTs size-up disaster situations? What are the risks involved? This class will take you through possible scenarios and outline steps to keeping your squad and survivors safe. Zoom class, 6:30–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • July 13: Continuing Education — MURS Radio Intermediate Class
    Presenter — Bob Fike, Emergency Coordinator, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), San Lorenzo Valley
    CERT radio communication allows for information to be gathered quickly and passed on to help make decisions on priority of response. In this intermediate class the discussion centers on radio wave propagation, making calls, CERT and ARES radio structure and radio accessories (possibilities of increasing range). Zoom class, 7–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • July 24 and 25: Continuing Education — CERT Crowd and Traffic Management
    Presenter — Mark Sheldon, Safety Institute, nonprofit providing safety education nationwide
    Historically, traffic management is the number one reason CERTs are activated. Recent safety issues created requirements for breakaway and retroreflective vests, plus traffic management certification for CERTs to perform the task. The CERT Auxiliary is now collaborating with the Safety Institute, another nonprofit, developing a specific CERT course. The subjects included are intersection (including people crossing on highways), right of way, road closure, unexpected breakdowns and crowd monitoring events. This would be for both day- and night-time. Course graduates will receive Traffic Management Certification and a Caltrans-compliant safety vest. Space is limited.There is a Zoom class on Friday, July 24, 9–11:45 am, followed by a hands-on training on Saturday, July 25. There are two hands-on sessions, 9–10:30 am and 11 am–12:30 pm. Pick one.The hands-on sessions will be at a location TBD, with masks and physical distancing. You must be able to attend both the Zoom session and one of the hands-on sessions. (Register)

    Note: Those previously enrolled in the advertised course cancelled because of coronavirus, and those who were on the wait list, will have enrollment priority.

  • September 10: Continuing Education — Utility Safety and Handling Emergencies
    Presenter — Stew Roth, PG&E Community Representative
    Are you ready for power shut-offs and possible utility emergencies? PG&E representative Stew Roth presents an informative and engaging discussion dealing with gas and electric infrastructure, identifying utility hazards and risks, and recognizing emergencies and what to do about them. Zoom class, 7–8:30 pm. (Register)

 

2020 events
  • January 24-26: CERT “Train the Trainer” Class

 

2019 events
  • November 12: Continuing Education — Gilroy CERT Team Debrief, Santa Cruz
  • October 16: Basic CERT Training, Felton (Outline)
  • October 1: Basic CERT Training, Live Oak (Outline)
  • September 10-11: Continuing Education — Utility Safety and Handling Emergencies, Santa Cruz & Felton
  • July 13-14: Continuing Education — Pet Care, Felton & Aptos
  • June 25-26: Continuing Education — Complex Splinting Techniques, Aptos & Ben Lomond
  • May 22: Continuing Education — Map Your Neighborhood, Aptos
  • April 24: Basic CERT Training, Watsonville (Outline)
  • April 17: Emergency Response Family Training, Watsonville (Flyer – English | español)
  • April 9: Continuing Education — Extraction Techniques and Carries, Aptos
  • April 4: Basic CERT Training, Zayante (Outline)
  • March 13: Basic CERT Training, Live Oak (Outline)
  • February 21: Basic CERT Training, Bonny Doon (Outline)
  • February 19: Continuing Education — Head to Toe Examination, Aptos
  • January 22: Basic CERT Training, Cabrillo College (Outline)

 

2018 events
  • November 1: Basic CERT Training, Santa Cruz (Outline)
  • October 4,25: Advanced Training, Map Your Neighborhood workshop, Felton and Aptos
  • October 3: Basic CERT Training, Live Oak (Outline)
  • September 6,25: Advanced Training, Utility Management for First Responders, Felton and Aptos
  • September 5: Basic CERT Training, Aptos (Outline)
  • August 2: Basic CERT Training, Boulder Creek (Outline)
  • May 15,16: Advanced Training, Moving Victims, Recovery Position, and Advanced Splinting, Aptos and Felton
  • May 3: Basic CERT Training, Scotts Valley (Outline)
  • April 6–8: Train the Trainer (Flyer)
  • April 4: Basic CERT Training, Watsonville (Outline)
  • March 7,14: Advanced Incident Management System (ICS) Training, Felton and Aptos
  • February 27: Basic CERT Training, Live Oak (Outline)
  • February 13,15: Advanced Training on The 3 Killers, Head-to-Toe Assessment, and Head Injuries, Aptos and Felton
  • February 8: Basic CERT Training, Boulder Creek (Outline)
  • January 23: Aptos Branch Team Leader Meeting

 

2017 events
  • December 5,6: Advanced Training on Disaster Psychology, Aptos and Felton
  • November 21: Sandbag Training, Watsonville
  • November 9: Basic CERT Training, Santa Cruz (Outline)
  • October 4: Utility Safety Training, Felton
  • September 21: Basic CERT Training, Watsonville (Outline)
  • September 16-17: Mountain CERT Disaster Training Exercise (Description)
  • August 26: Search and Rescue training
  • August 22: Basic CERT Training, Live Oak (Outline)
  • August 17: Incident Command System (ICS) Exercise
  • August 12: Red Cross Shelter Operations training
  • July 27: Incident Command Structure (ICS) Exercise
  • July 19: NIMS/SEMS Combined training
  • June 14,15: Medical Review Advanced Training, Felton and Aptos
  • May 18: Basic CERT Training, Santa Cruz (Outline )
  • May 3: Basic CERT Training, Watsonville (Outline)
  • Apr 6: Basic CERT Training, Felton (Outline)
  • March 15: DSW badge recertification
  • March 15: Map Your Neighborhood workshop
  • February 21: Basic CERT Training, Aptos
  • February 11: Basic CERT Training, Bonny Doon

 

2016 events
  • November 15: Advanced Training on Utility Safety
  • October 15: Basic CERT Training, Ben Lomond (Outline)
  • October 11: Basic CERT Training, Santa Cruz (Outline)
  • October 2: Dangers in Paradise
  • September 20: Basic CERT Training, Aptos
  • August 18: Basic CERT Training, Boulder Creek
  • May 4: Basic CERT Training, Aptos
  • May 3: Basic CERT Training, Santa Cruz
  • April 30: Formidable Footprint solar storm training session, Felton
  • April 25: Talk on Climate Change and Zika Virus
  • April 7: Basic CERT Training, Felton
  • February 2: Basic CERT Training, Aptos
  • January 30: Formidable Footprint earthquake training session, Felton and Aptos
  • January 25: Amateur Radio Class, Ben Lomond
  • January 6: Basic CERT Training, Felton

 

2015 events
  • November 21: El Niño Winter Preparation Fair
  • November 4: Traffic Control and Electrical Hazards (CERT Refresher Training)
  • October 31: Formidable Footprint Tornado training session, San Lorenzo Valley
  • October 13: Basic CERT Training, Aptos
  • September 26: Formidable Footprint Wildland Fire training session, Bonny Doon
  • September 13: Dangers in Paradise
  • September 12: Disaster by the Bay. Monterey (Description | Recap)
  • September 9: Webinar about American Red Cross and CERT
  • August 2015 – Waldorf School CERT Class, Bonny Doon