Guest Speakers

Below is a list of potential guest speakers to invite to your CERT Team meetings to increase knowledge, enhance team member skills, and gain a better understanding of available community emergency resources:

Disaster Response Family Training

Speaker: Greig Rose, CERT Instructor
Phone: 408.515.5693
Email: greigrose[at]

  • Are you ready to help your family, friends & neighbors when there is a storm, earthquake, or other emergency?
  • How would you respond at home? At school? At work? What supplies would you need? Any people with special needs?
  • 1-1/2 hour presentation with questions; evening or weekend afternoon.
  • Handouts provided for reference; demo supply items for display.
  • Use room at your facility; need electrical for PowerPoint slides.

Greig Rose has over 30 years experience as a college biology professor, Fire District Hazardous Materials Officer, and Army officer. He also has served as a church Safety Officer and Disaster Response Coordinator for eight years. He well remembers being in a “rock and roll” mobile home during the Loma Prieta earthquake! He also teaches the CERT Basic Course in Aptos.

PG&E Emergency Preparedness and Public Awareness

Speaker: Stew Roth, Senior Public Safety Specialist
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Phone: 831.521.3267
Email: S6R1[at]

Comment: He is an excellent presenter and gives sound useful information about how electric and gas work in our homes and business, how and when to shut off utilities, underground utility concerns, downed power lines and much more. This information is designed to keep your community, neighborhood, family safe.

Pet First Aid and Safe & Sound: Before, During and After a Disaster Presentations

Speaker: Jen Walker, Programs & Development Manager
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
2200 7th Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062
580 Airport Blvd, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: 831.454.7235
Email: jen.walker[at]

Large Animal Rescue

Speaker Liaison: Donna Stidolph
Santa Cruz County Equine Evacuation Unit, Coordinator/OES Liaison
Phone: 831.419.0835
Email: donna[at]


Speaker: Chris Gordon
Phone: 831.469.4438
Email: cgordon[at]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had predicted a 95% percent chance of an El Niño winter. It may give some relief from our 4-year drought, but also bring with it flooding, coastal erosion, and landslides in our County. For 15 years, Chris has worked with realtors and property owners to better understand potential natural hazards on their property. Chris has an informative presentation and is available afterwards to answer your questions about what you can do to make your home and property safer from earthquakes, landslides, erosion and floods.

Active Shooter

Speaker: Kary Bisagno
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Community Service Officer
Phone: 831.454.7689
Email: kary.bisagno[at]

Officer Bisagno is the resource for Active Shooter defense training in county areas. Within city boundaries, the local police department should be contacted for such training.

If you have any comments about our guest speakers you’d like to share or know of other groups or individuals we should add to this list, please let us know.