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


2024 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 endeavor to let everyone know program dates as early as possible but sometimes that results in having to change dates, times, or locations as we get closer to the actual event.  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.  Please sign up now for Fall CERT Basic Training in March 2024, as the Spring CERT course is FULL.  You may choose in-person training coursework (preferred option) leading to Training Day & Graduation or online coursework that dovetails into the same in-person Training Day & Graduation.  

Advanced CERT Training (ACT) classes are offered for all of you awesome certificated CERTs (currently, there are 423 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, Radio Training: Walkie-Talkie Basics and Beyond, Neighborhood Command Post + Great Coastside ShakeOut Prep. 

Educate the Coastside!  These classes are open to all Coastsiders. Topics include "Shake & Bake" - Earthquake & Wildfire + Disaster Food & Water Preparation and Stop the Bleed.

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

2024

February



 

28 February Spring CERT In-person Class #1 Wednesday 6:30-9:00

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


March


4 March  Instructional Q&A Zoom Monday evening to localize FEMA curriculum for Spring CERT online students who have completed their 10 online modules. Time: 6:30-8:00 PM. Zoom link will be sent to qualified students. 


Spring CERT In-Person Basic Training Academy 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+; 15-17 yrs. by special arrangement. Questions? Please email coastsidecert@gmail.com 

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

Disaster Preparedness, local Annexes, CERT Organization (ICS)

2 March  In-person Class #2 Saturday 9:00-5:00

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

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

Disaster Psychology, Terrorism & CERT, Light Search & Rescue

9 March  Training Day & Graduation Saturday 9:00-4:00 

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


April


14 April Stop the Bleed  Sunday, hours 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  HMB Class is full! Thank you!  Places still available in Redwood City on Saturday, April 13.  Email Brenda at BGarrett@raytomgroup.com to register. 


HMB class location: Coastside Emergency Operation Center, 537 Kelly Ave Half Moon Bay.  Instruction provided by professional trainers from The RAYTOM Group funded by a Homeland Security grant through the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI).


Educate the Coastside! Everyone is eligible to take this Stop the Bleed class but registration is limited to the first 30 individuals who sign up by emailing Brenda at BGarrett@raytomgroup.com. Please indicate that you are registering for the HMB class (two other sessions are being offered on Saturday over the hill).


27 April Ham Radio Technician Licensing Class #1 of 2 Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Half Moon Bay Library Community Room. Everyone is welcome!

Members of the Half Moon Bay and SC4 amateur radio clubs are hosting a two-day Technician Licensing Class on 4/27 and 5/4. To ask questions or to register for the classes please email 2024exams@hmbarc.org


You must register for the FAA Licensing exam by April 30th at  https://ham.study/sessions/657674bf30f12875482a3768/1


May


2 May  Coastside Gives Day Please do! 


4 May Ham Radio Technician Licensing Class #2 of 2 Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Half Moon Bay Library Community Room. Everyone is welcome!

Members of the Half Moon Bay and SC4 amateur radio clubs are hosting a two-day Technician Licensing Class 4/27 and 5/4. To ask questions or to register for the class please email 2024exams@hmbarc.org


11 May Ham Radio FCC Licensing Exam Saturday, 10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Half Moon Bay Library Community Room.

All license class exams will be offered and it is not required that you attend the licensing class. You must register for the exam by April 30th.

 

19 May  Coastside CERT 5th Year Anniversary Volunteer Thank You, ACT 2. Sunday, hours TBD, location Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. We welcome all Coastside CERTs to come celebrate our 5th Anniversary since sponsorship by the Coastside Fire Protection District. Come play, learn, and enjoy a casual meal together as we say thank you for building our very successful program. More info to follow. Reservation LINK (will activate soon)

 

June


8 June  Radiopalooza - AM Basic Instruction + PM Advanced Instruction in FRS and Ham radio skills, including forms! ACT 3. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. 


Two sessions:

Basic Instruction 9:00 AM - noon. 

Advanced Instruction 1:00-4:00 PM


Instruction by Coastside CERT Radio Officer Scott Pyne & his mighty band of radio associates. 

All Coastside CERTs are eligible to take this Advanced CERT Training class but registration is limited to 30 CERTs each session. Sign up at this LINK (will be activated soon). Please sign up for each session separately although you may take both sessions. Stay tuned, more info to follow. 


July


21 July   Preparation for Great Coastside ShakeOUT ACT 4, Sunday. Hours 9:00-12:00, location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Everything you need to know to get prepared for the Great Coastside ShakeOut. Bring your whole neighborhood team or come solo. Practice setting up a Neighborhood Command Post with a neighborhood FRS networks, a Ham a neighborhood radio network, practice the roles of scribes, runners, and the Neighborhood Incident Commander.  Field neighborhood response teams, and communicate with first responders at the Department Operations Center (DOC). Simplified form filling out. Lots of hands-on practice with mentors who will help you one-on-one.  More info to follow. Reservation LINK (will activate soon)


22-26 July   National CERT Conference in Washington, D.C.

 

August


3 September San Mateo County Emergency Preparedness Fair



Summer Break!  Enjoy the rest of summer - No events or meetings in August except those organized by neighborhoods. 


September


TBD  September Montara Art & Music Festival


22 September.  Great Coastside ShakeOut Sunday, Hours 9:30-1:00 Everyone participates from their neighborhoods! The only Coastside-wide earthquake drill and radio exercise. Allied agencies welcome! Much more information to follow.


October


19-20 October Pumpkin Festival. This is not CERT's party, of course, but we do encourage our membership to volunteer to support their favorite local nonprofits.


TBD (Between 10/8 and10/28) October  Instructional Q&A Zoom to localize FEMA curriculum for Fall CERT online students who have completed their 10 online modules. Time: 6:30-8:00 PM. Zoom link will be sent to qualified students. 


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

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


November


Fall CERT In-Person Basic Training Academy 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+; 15-17 yrs. by special arrangement. Questions? Please email coastsidecert@gmail.com 


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

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

2 November In-person Class #2 Saturday 9:00-5:00

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

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

Disaster Psychology, Terrorism & CERT, Light Search & Rescue

9 November Training Day & Graduation Saturday 9:00-4:00 

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


28  November - Thanksgiving


December

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


Coastside CERTs organize in their local neighborhoods. Upcoming events!

Events in black type are upcoming or recurring activities. Previous events are noted in grey typeface. 

Montara 

Walkie Talkie Radio Communications Network practice. First Tuesday of Every Month, 7:00 p.m. Channel 22.

Moss Beach

Walkie Talkie Radio Communications Network practice. Fourth Tuesday of Every Month, 7:00 p.m. Channel 10.

El Granada 

East Miramar

May 13  12:00 noon-4:00p.m.  East Miramar Neighborhood CERT Gathering for all East Miramar residents.  Please email info@miramarcert.org for details.  


Frenchman’s Creek  

 

FCPrepared:  Walkie Talkie Radio Communications Net Practice.  Third Monday of each Month.  7:45 PM (1945 local) on Channel 8.

Kehoe/Casa del Mar

Highland Park

Alsace Lorraine 

Walkie Talkie Radio Communications Network practice. Second and Fourth Monday of Every Month, 7:00 p.m. Channel 5.


Previously held 2024 Coastside CERT events

January


13 January  Neighborhood Leadership Forum SOLD OUT ACT 1, Saturday, 9:00-11:30 AM, at Coastside Fire Protection District Fire Station 40, 1191 Main Street Half Moon Bay.  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 your 

   neighborhood's safety network? 


25 January  Half Moon Bay High School Winter Real Life Learning Service Jam, Thursday, 12:45-1:45, HMBHS Courtyard. 

CERT Karen Hoffman organizes this event twice a year to sign up HMBHS students with local agencies and nonprofits to earn their 35 community service 

hours credits required for graduation. Coastside CERT is hosting a table at the event and will reserve 6 spaces FILLED! for HMBHS students in Spring CERT. This is Coastside's version of TEEN CERT for now. Interested students should check in with Karen and register for in-person Spring CERT Basic Training Academy at coastsidecert.com Wow! Amazing response! All 6 spaces were filled in the first week. Interested students may now go to coastsidecert.com and register for Fall CERT Basic Training Academy in-person classes. Please add that you are a HMBHS student in the "other" section of the Google signup form.


10 February  Shake & Bake + Disaster Food & Water - Disaster Preparedness for Californians, Sunday, class hours 10:00 a.m. - noon. Location: Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave/Vassar Ave in the Harbor/Princeton neighborhood. Park respectfully on nearby streets and walk down Vassar Ave to the HMBYC Event Center at its beautiful location right on the water.

 

Educate the Coastside!  This training class is open to all Coastside residents.  It will provide information on how to prepare for earthquakes and what to do during and after, especially if the earthquake causes fires. 


Arrive at 9:30 a.m. to help set up

Class 10:00-noon

Help reset the venue noon-12:30 p.m.


Our certificated CERT instructors, Matt Linton and Carrie Tillie will share practical advice on how to build your supplies for both shelter-in-place and evacuation when disaster strikes. Carrie has been a cooking school graduate and culinary historian for more than three decades, and as a newly certified CERT Trainer, is looking forward to expanding her gastronomic training skills locally. Matt currently works as a critical incident manager in the tech industry and has 27 years of experience in both professional and volunteer Fire & Rescue roles. 

 

Maximum class size is 100 people and prior registration is required. The first 100 registrants will be in the class and the remainder will be on the waitlist. Please use this LINK to sign-up for the class. Each participant must register separately.


Due to an overwhelmingly positive response, this class is now full and a waitlist has formed. Please use the link above to sign-up for the wait list. Thank you all! 


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

We are 100% volunteer and 100% community funded.

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