In a large-scale disaster, professional emergency responders are likely to be overwhelmed for hours, days, or even longer. This may leave communities on their own for an extended period of time. CERT Teams works to educate our community about disaster preparedness, how to stay safe during an actual disaster, and how to come together safely and efficiently in the aftermath of a large scale emergency. If called upon, we are also trained to assist professional emergency responders on an as-needed basis.
Although this website covers CERT for Santa Cruz County, it is in local neighborhoods and communities where CERT will be called on. Here are local branches and teams that have given us information:
- Bonny Doon CERT
- Team Seacliff CERT
- City of Santa Cruz CERT
- Felton Area CERT
- Aptos/La Selva CERT BranchThe Aptos/La Selva CERT Branch meets quarterly. Currently, meetings are virtual. Meeting agendas include guest speakers, discussions and activities focused on how to prepare for future activation events (disasters and community supports), and reports from past activations. In the event of an emergency, the command post will be at the Aptos Central Fire Station 1, 6934 Soquel Dr, Aptos. Branch Leader — Doreen O’Donovan aptoslaselvacert[at]gmail.com or (303) 931-4680.
- Boulder Creek CERTMeets 7–8:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month at Boulder Creek Fire Dept, 13230 Highway 9 (Currently meeting on Zoom due to COVID). Contact: Bill Monroe, wkmunro[at]comcast.net for the Zoom link.
- Scotts Valley/Branciforte CERTMeets second Wednesday of every month at Scotts Valley Fire District Station #1, 7 Erba Ln. Contact: John Collins, ScottsValleyandBranciforteCERT[at]gmail.com, phone (831) 325-6171
- Live Oak CERTWe meet the second Wednesday of every odd month (Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sep/Nov) at 7:00 pm via Zoom until COVID restrictions are lifted, when we can return to meeting at Central Fire Station, 930 – 17th Av, Santa Cruz. Zoom information is sent to our mailing list. Email LO-CERT+owner[at]groups.io to contact us. CERT members can sign up for our mailing list at groups.io/g/LO-CERT or by emailing LO-CERT+subscribe[at]groups.io
- La Selva Beach CERTLa Selva Beach CERT Team meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CERT members and La Selva Beach community are invited to join our meetings with discussions on safety, emergency preparedness skills, and communications. Zoom video conference is the current venue during the pandemic. La Selva Beach CERT Leader — Susan Marx, laselvabeachCERT[at]gmail.com
- Seascape CERTOur Seascape CERT team grew from streets of neighbors into a trained team of neighborhood friends. We continue to train and practice our CERT disaster survival response skills. Website: seascapecert.org. Contact: Jean Anderson, jmanderson123a[at]gmail.com, phone (831) 685-1041
- Watsonville Area CERTTo join a CERT team in Watsonville, or to get more information about CERT or Map Your Neighborhood, contact Branch Leader Laura Miyazaki, laura.miyazaki[at]gmail.com
- South Skyline CERTThe South Skyline Emergency Preparedness Organization (SSEPO) has created the South Skyline CERT Group. It is based at the Saratoga-Summit Cal Fire Station about one mile north of Hwy 9 on Skyline Blvd. We currently number 21 members, most of whom have been sworn in Santa Cruz County. Since our geographic area straddles Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo Counties, a number of us are also sworn in San Mateo County. We share CERT Trainers and training exercises with the South Coast CERT Group based at the La Honda Fire Brigade. Our geographic area covers the Skyline Blvd area between La Honda Rd to the north and Bear Creek Rd to the south. Contacts: Jerry Parsons (jstanley7[at]aol.com), SSEPO President; Peggy Wargo (peggywargo.wargo1[at]gmail.com), South Skyline CERT Branch Leader
- Rio Del Mar Flats CERTFor information about the CERT team in Rio Del Mar Flats, contact Team Leaders Lori Nielsen, lorinielsen2000[at]yahoo.com, phone (510) 376-9097, or Jerry Cannella, jerrycannella[at]me.com, phone (831) 251-5061.
- Loma Prieta CERTFor information about Loma Prieta CERT, contact Branch Leader Ron Morin, ronaldr.morin[at]gmail.com, phone (408) 391-9264.
- Sunset Beach CERT TeamThe Sunset Beach CERT team meets 3-4 times each year for information sharing, planning, and training focused on preparing the team and the community for emergencies. These meetings are attended by the CERT team; however, CERT-trained neighbors and others in the community interested in disaster preparedness are also welcome. For more information about Sunset CERT or the meeting schedule, please contact sunsetcertteam[at]gmail.com.
- Waldorf School CERT TeamEmphasis is on CERT education and skills as they relate to keeping children safe. Also meet periodically with their Cave Gulch neighbors to ensure mutual aid in times of disasters.Team Leader — Deborah Lindsay, Waldorf School Administrative Director, admindirector[at]santacruzwaldorf.org or (831) 425-0519