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.


  • September 10: Continuing Education — Utility Safety and Handling Emergencies — Postponed
    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.
    Note: this class has been postponed because of the fires. It will be rescheduled.
  • October 20: Continuing Education — Beginning MURS Radios (Multi Radio Service)
    Presenter — Dawn Mackey, Registrar, ARES, Team Bonny Doon
    Now that you have a new MURS radio, attend an online class on how to use it. Provides basic information for radio maintenance, operation, etiquette and protocols. Zoom class, 7–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • October 22: Continuing Education — Activation
    Presenters — Rosemary Anderson, Office of Emergency Services and Mary Edmund, CERT Auxiliary Executive Director
    How do the many pieces of the activation puzzle fit together? How CERTs are activated and requirements for activation, the role of Team Leaders, what to expect from the Office of Emergency Services, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and where the CERT Auxiliary fits in. Have your questions answered. Zoom class, 7–8:30 pm. (Register)
  • November 6 and 7: 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, November 6, 9–11:45 am, followed by a hands-on training on Saturday, November 7. 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.


2020 events
  • September 16: Continuing Education — Map Your Neighbor (MYN) Workshop
  • August 17: Continuing Education — Equine Evacuation
  • August 11: Continuing Education — Fire Safe Council, Zoom
  • August 5: Continuing Education — Search and Rescue (SAR), Zoom
  • July 25: Continuing Education — CERT Crowd and Traffic Management, Zoom
  • July 13: Continuing Education — Intermediate MURS Radio, Zoom
  • July 9: Continuing Education — Risk Management for the CERT Squad, Zoom
  • July 1: Continuing Education — Active Shooter — What to Do!, Zoom
  • June 30: Continuing Education — Wildfire Evacuation — How to Plan, Zoom
  • June 23: Continuing Education — Utility Safety and Handling Emergencies, Zoom
  • June 18: Continuing Education — Intermediate MURS Radio, Zoom
  • June 2: Continuing Education — Beginning MURS Radio, Zoom
  • 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