Tag Archive: CERT

Jun 19

Disaster Preparedness: No Lunch

[Translate] The Alameda County Department of Public Health staged its third annual Emergency Preparedness Fair in the concourse of the Oakland Coliseum this morning.  Many dozens of concerned folks from various parts of the county gathered to take workshops, check out the vendors, and network. I got the most out of a workshop on the …

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Apr 28

Emergency Neighborhood Drill

[Translate] The photo shows something we almost certainly WON’T see in a real emergency: the Berkeley Fire Department. Saturday (4/27) was the Citywide Emergency Drill, and I joined other neighbors from this block and the next in a dry run of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) procedures.  The neighbors a block away, who had …

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Sep 20

Organizing amid chaos

[Translate] These are my class notes from the CERT class on Organization, Sunday morning Sept. 16. Thanks to Emily Kenyon for reviewing and adding good stuff. Disaster brings chaos. Survival and recovery spring from organization. The CERT class this past Sunday morning at the Berkeley Fire Department taught a full room of participants the elements …

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Sep 09

Preparing for the Big One: Light Search & Rescue

[Translate] CERT Light Search and Rescue Class 9/8/12 In normal times, the Berkeley Fire Department may be able to reach any location in the city inside of four minutes.  In a major quake on the Hayward Fault, the Department’s response time to any particular call may stretch to four days.  Or longer.  The CERT organization …

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