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Welcome to Brisbane CERT!

WHAT IS CERT?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates citizens about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. The purpose is to provide a group of trained citizens when called upon to support the City of Brisbane's first responders, assist with implementation of its Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), and encourage emergency preparedness in the community. As a volunteer organization closely affiliated with the City of Brisbane, members may serve as a temporary resource to the city during emergency situations when professional responders could be overwhelmed.

CERT training follows the FEMA-developed CERT curriculum, an 8-module series of two-hour classes teaching CERT Organization, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Medical Operations, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, and Brisbane specific Damage Assessment.  Training culminates with a disaster exercise allowing students to demonstrate their new skills. Additional CPR/AED/First Aid training is encouraged as a CERT member, but that training is not included in the CERT class. 

During a catastrophic emergency and after confirming safety for their own family, CERTs will walk their assigned residential routes and act as "eyes and ears" of the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) so that situation status updates and priority assignment of resources can be completed. Their training in utility shutoff, first aid, and light urban search and rescue will help to mitigate further property damage and assist with first aid for injured citizens. CERTs are also trained in shelter operations and can work in a shelter or assist with the distribution of critical supplies.

During less catastrophic emergencies, CERTs could be called upon to assist with traffic control, fill sandbags for flood control efforts during heavy rain events, and aid City Staff as needed.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Are you interested in becoming a CERT member and learning essential training to help your family, neighbors, and community in times of disaster? Become a part of a long-standing volunteer organization that works closely with the City of Brisbane in disaster preparedness and response.  For membership application and general information, contact the City's Office of Ememrgency Service (OES):

Amy Listmann (415) 508-2128 or alistmann@brisbaneca.org

CERT BLOCK CAPTAINS

The CERT Block Captain is responsible for a "block" or "route". Each route contains approximately 15 residences that are geographically mapped throughout the city's residential neighborhoods. To become and maintain "Block Captain" status, the volunteer must maintain certifications in CPR and First Aid and be trained in Damage Assessment. In the event of an obvious disaster, block captains will automatically commence walking their routes to perform damage assessment.

If you want the CERTs and your Block Captain to have essential information on your residence, complete the Residential Survey Form and mail, fax, or email to Amy Listmann at the City of Brisbane OES Department: FAX (415) 467-5547, alistmann@brisbaneca.org 

Preparedness BROCHURES available from City Hall:

Are you Ready for the "Big One?"; Citizen's Basic Checklist for Earthquake Preparedness
Brisbane CERTs Have Got the Right Stuff!
Citizen's Basic Guide to Emergency Water Storage and Preparation
Do you have a Family Disaster Plan?
Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Children and Pets
Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Elderly and Physically Challenged
Guidelines for Handling Suspicious Mail
Pocket Shelter Guidelines
Safety Tips for Power Outages
Tips for Coping with Traumatic Events
Is Your House Number Visible?

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Brochures
Earthquake, Ready to Ride it out?
Be Winter Wise! Before, During, and After the Storm
10 Ways You can be Disaster Prepared

San Mateo County Health Department Brochures
The Pocket Guide to Emergency Preparedness

North County Fire Authority Brochures
Operation Wildfire, Community of Brisbane

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Brochures
Your Family Disaster Plan

PG&E Brochures:
Storms and Natural Disasters, Prepare It's Energy Well Spent