Coastside CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is an emergency preparedness volunteer organization focused on creating a ready and resilient community along the San Francisco Bay Area coast from the southern side of the Tom Lantos Tunnel (Devil’s Slide) to Tunitas Creek Road.

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Contact Coastside CERT: coastsidecert@gmail.com

"There is likely no better local example of how a little public investment coupled with a spirit of community service can make an incalculable difference in the lives of real people."
Clay Lambert, Editor, Half Moon Bay Review

Op-Ed article on Coastside CERT, 11/11/2020

CERT Basic Training is offered both In-Person and Online.

Register now for upcoming classes in Spring & Fall 2023.


Coastside CERT Calendar


Stay tuned! We are pleased to present a whole year of CERT training opportunities & events. This is the current plan but life happens and everything is subject to change. We'll keep you updated right here. All classes are offered free of charge.

Have it your way! CERT Basic Training is offered twice a year, Spring and Fall. For both sessions, you may choose online coursework leading to an in-person Training Day & Graduation or in-person training that dovetails into the same Training Day & Graduation.

Advanced CERT Training (ACT) classes (5) will be offered for all of you awesome certificated CERTs (currently, there are 363 Coastside CERTs ). It's an a la carte menu of topical classes usually held at Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St, Half Moon Bay, 2023 ACT training topics: Neighborhood Organizers Forum, Commodity Point of Distribution (C-POD), Disaster Pet Care, Damage Assessment, Neighborhood Command Post + Great Coastside ShakeOut Prep.

Coastside CERT Neighborhood Action - Please scroll down to see what's happening where you live. Neighborhood Leads, want your neighborhood events, radio practices, and drills listed on this calendar? Happy to post them! Please send a brief description to coastsidecert@gmail.com

2022

December Holiday pause - no training or meetings except events organized by neighborhoods

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2023

January


February


15 ACT 1 Neighborhood Organizers Forum. In-person. 6:30-8:30 PM Wednesday evening. Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St, HMB


Everyone with an interest in organizing their neighborhoods is invited. We will answer your questions and welcome your shared

lessons learned from trying to organize your own neighborhoods. How is Coastside CERT organized? Why? What are the steps of

organizing and sustaining neighborhood safety networks?


TBD Instructional Q&A Zoom to localize FEMA curriculum for Spring CERT online students.


TBD Prep Zoom for Spring CERT Volunteers.


March

Spring CERT In-Person Basic Training Course Schedule - 3 classes + Training Day & Graduation. Attendance at all 4 sessions is required to graduate. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB. Open to everyone 18+; 16-17 yrs. by special arrangement. Questions? Please email coastsidecert@gmail.com

1 In-person Class #1 Wednesday 6:30-9:00

Disaster Preparedness, local Annexes, CERT Organization (ICS), Intro to Triage

5 In-person Class #2 Sunday 9:00-5:00

Disaster Medical Operations I + Triage, Disaster Medical Ops II, Fire Safety & Utility Controls

8 In-person Class #3 Wednesday 6:30-9:00

Disaster Psychology, Terrorism & CERT, Light Search & Rescue

12 Training Day & Graduation 10:00-5:00 (daylight savings time begins)

Orientation, Hands-On Skills Training, Disaster Simulation, Graduation


April


22 ACT 2 Commodity Points of Distributions (C-Pods)


May


TDB ACT 3 Disaster Pet Care - OR - Damage Assessment


4 Coastside Gives Day


13 HMB Wine & Jazz Fest.


June


TDB ACT 4 Disaster Pet Care - OR - Damage Assessment


26-7/1 CERT National Conference in Burlingame


July


1 Last Day of CERT Conference in Burlingame


15 ACT 5 Neighborhood Command Post training + Great ShakeOut prep


August


5 San Mateo County Disaster Preparation Day, San Mateo Events Center


Enjoy the rest of summer! No more events or meetings except those organized by neighborhoods.


September


TBD HMB Safety Preparedness Day (month/date is not yet set; this is a placeholder)


23 Great Coastside ShakeOut


October


TBD Mavericks Festival


TBD Montara Art and Music Festival


14-15 Pumpkin Festival


TBD Instructional Q&A Zoom to localize FEMA curriculum for Fall CERT online students.


TBD Prep Zoom for Fall CERT Volunteers.


November

Fall CERT In-Person Basic Training Course Schedule - 3 classes + Training Day & Graduation. Attendance at all 4 sessions is

required to graduate. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB. Open to everyone 18+; 16-17 yrs. by special

arrangement. Questions? Please email coastsidecert@gmail.com

1 In-person Class #1 Wednesday 6:30-9:00

Disaster Preparedness, local Annexes, CERT Organization (ICS), Intro to Triage

4 In-person Class #2 Sunday 9:00-5:00

Disaster Medical Operations I + Triage, Disaster Medical Ops II, Fire Safety & Utility Controls

8 In-person Class #3 Wednesday 6:30-9:00

Disaster Psychology, Terrorism & CERT, Light Search & Rescue

11 Training Day & Graduation 9:00-4:00

Orientation, Hands-On Skills Training, Disaster Simulation, Graduation


December


Holiday break! - no training or meetings except events organized by neighborhoods.

Coastside CERTs organize in their local neighborhoods. Upcoming events!

Pilarcitos Park

Coming in January. Oak Avenue Park. More info to follow.

Kehoe/Casa del Mar

Coming in the new year, date & time TBD. Neighborhood social event with emergency preparedness theme for Kehoe/Casa del Mar residents. For more info please contact Chris Villanis via kehoe.casa.neighbors@gmail.com



Coastside CERT thanks Coastside Gives and our generous donors for their support.

We are 100% volunteer and 100% community funded.

How will your donations be used?

Your donations are vital to our mission as we amplify our outreach
to serve more residents of the larger Coastside community

  • Free disaster preparedness & response training - basic training, ongoing refresher opportunities, and advanced CERT training classes in English & Spanish.

  • Communications infrastructure to send timely local safety messages, webinars, videos, tutorials, and Chief David Cosgrave's Newsletters.

  • Critical practice drills & mutual aid activations with other emergency response agencies, as during the CZU fires & burn scar debris flow evacuations, and CERT volunteers who have continuously staffed HMB COVID testing sites since June 2020.

  • Preparedness & response equipment.

  • Growth of neighbor helping neighbor networks in every local neighborhood as they work together to strengthen communication and resilience.

VIDEOS
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here.