Local CERT teams and team members can take advantage of resources as we learn of them.
If you know of additional resources we should list here, please let us know.
- CERT Operating Procedures and Activation Policy (Approved by the CERT Council 05/2023)
- Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Guidelines
- Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery & Resilience (OR3)
- CERT Re-certification
- CERT Auxiliary Ready Kit SuggestionsWhen you complete the Basic CERT Course, you receive a backpack with some basic supplies, like hardhat, gloves, reflective vest, etc. However, to be properly prepared, you should add additional supplies to your pack. This list, prepared by the CERT Auxiliary, suggests important add-ons and additional recommended add-ons to have a pack that is truly ready.
- Additional Training — FEMA, NIMS, Red Cross
- Ham RadioWhen normal communications are impacted, ham radio (amateur radio) is an important resource. Amateur radio operators can communicate with each other and with the county’s emergency services office.To operate an amateur radio, you need to pass an exam and get an FCC license. Basic information about getting licensed. Find when exams are going to be given (most exams are being given online currently). And classes to prepare for the exam are given occasionally. Find classes. Amateur radio operators preparing for use in emergencies are organized in ARES, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Local groups in ARES hold regular meetings. More information.
- Checklists for Emergency Preparation
- Santa Cruz County El Niño Preparation Guide
- KAZU El Niño Preparedness Report, featuring Bonny Doon CERT
- Map Your Neighborhood
- Guest Speakers
- Red Cross [Become a Volunteer]
- Mesothelioma Center — Emergency Plan — Asbestos Concerns after a Disaster
Resource Materials for Teams and Trainers
Basic CERT Training
- Unit 1 — Disaster Preparedness (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
- Unit 2 — CERT Organization (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
- Unit 3 — Disaster Medical Operations, Part 1 (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
- Unit 4 — Disaster Medical Operations, Part 2 (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
- Unit 5 — Disaster Psychology (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
- Unit 6 — Fire Safety & Utility Controls (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
- Unit 7 — Light Search & Rescue Operations (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
- Unit 8 — Terrorism and CERT (Fall 2023) (PowerPoint)
Basic CERT Zoom Training
Additional Training and Resources
- How to Start and Maintain a CERT Program (PDF) (from the Corporation for National & Community Service)
- Training module for Triage (PowerPoint)
- Training module for Traffic Management (PowerPoint)
- Seacliff CERT July 2016 exercise featuring ICS and communication (PDF)
- Seacliff CERT July 2017 ICS exercise (PDF)
- Volunteer Time Log when activated through OES (PDF | Word)
CERT Activation Binder (in development)Insurance Claims Reporting Procedure
REPORT CLAIMS IMMEDIATELY!
There is no negative impact on our policy for reporting an incident. When in doubt report it!
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN AN INCIDENT REQUIRES A CLAIM TO BE REPORTED?
1. There’s been an accident.
2. Someone has been hurt.
3. Property has been damaged.
4. You think someone ought to know “just in case.”
IF YOU NEED TO REPORT A CLAIM:
Complete the Incident Report Form — for everything.
***Note: The CERT Auxiliary does not carry motor vehicle insurance, therefore, motor vehicle accidents are not covered. If there is a motor vehicle accident, one should report to their own insurance carrier.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Mary Edmund at [email protected].
- Linda Masterson, Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life (A Handbook for Homeowners)