Get Organized

This section provides resources for our already established neighborhood leadership teams.

Upcoming Neighborhood Meetings

Check out our Calendar to see if there are any upcoming meetings in your neighborhood. Want to add a meeting to our calendar? Email us at

Documents for Running a Meeting

NOTE: To copy a Google Document to your own Google Drive, choose File > Make a Copy and select your drive.

Running your neighborhood meeting? These documents might be useful.

Also File of Life is a great tool to distribute in your neighborhood. It is a magnetic envelope with personal medical information that folks can stick to their refrigerator. Our Coastside first responders are already trained to look for this envelope. We suggest that you discuss how to fund the purchase and distribution of this fairly inexpensive tool; it is a great recruiting talking point and giveaway. Use the order form to make your purchase. We suggest that you purchase (FOL-RM) With Standard Card as well as FOL - DCL Door Decal, which are stickers placed on your front door or front window to let first responders know to look for the File of Life. if you don't have a magnetic refrigerator, you can also place these stickers on a kitchen cabinet or drawer that contains the File of Life.

Neighborhood Recruitment Documents

NOTE: To copy a Google Document to your own Google Drive, choose File > Make a Copy and select your drive.

We worked with the Arleta Park neighborhood to create this flyer:

The Moss Beach neighborhood created the following documents for their own recruitment efforts and shared them back to our program for other neighborhoods to use:

  • Recruitment Brochure (trifold)
  • Recruitment Brochure Companion Guide - Read this document for advice on updating the trifold (linked above) for your own neighborhood.
  • Contacts Spreadsheet - If you have volunteered to contact your neighbors, you can use this spreadsheet to track your progress.
  • Talking Points document - Use this document to hone your own talking points or print it out to leave it with the Recruitment Brochure if your neighbor isn't home.
  • Contact Follow-up Email - After your neighbor has agreed to coordinate with the rest of the neighborhood effort, use this email to follow up with them and provide some useful information and links.

The Frenchman's Creek neighborhood created the following document and shared them back to our program for other neighborhoods to use:

Need brochures and emergency plans? Check out FEMA's resources:

Have your own documents you want to share or need some help? Email us at

FRS (Walkie Talkie) Radio Materials

When traditional telecommunications are out, our Coastside CERT Communications Plan includes using FRS (walkie-talkie) radios in the neighborhoods and amateur (ham) radios between the neighborhoods and first responders. You do not need a license to use an FRS radio, but to transmit on a ham radio, you will need an FCC license. (Check out our guide Becoming a ham radio operator.)

Walkie Talkie explainer

Walkie Talkie Basic Training

Neighborhood FRS radio frequencies

Our Half Moon Bay Amateur Radio Club (HMBARC) has defined some preliminary FRS radio frequencies for each neighborhood, which are subject to change (with agreement and notice) as neighborhoods come online. In addition to the actual frequencies, you will also see the programmed channel number for the Midland GTX1000 FRS Radio that we recommend.

Testing FRS radio range

If you would like to test the FRS radio range in your neighborhood, Jim Williams and Lee Copeland created this Testing FRS Radio Range and Propagation guide.

Kehoe/Casa del Mar successfully followed this guide with the following modifications: Rather than the chart, we used a map to label sound quality (1-3) and locations, and rather than set 5-minute increments for callouts, we did a simple roll call, relying on relays if necessary. If you need help or have questions, email

FRS radio training materials

The following materials were created by Kehoe/Casa del Mar to help folks get up and running with their FRS (walkie-talkie) radios.

If you need help or have questions, email

Customized Neighborhood/Coastside Communications flyer

Coastside CERT has created a 1/2-page refrigerator flyer template that can be modified for each neighborhood. It includes information from KHMB, neighborhood FRS radios and Coastside Hams. Here is a sample for Kehoe/Casa del Mar.

Email if you would like a custom flyer for your neighborhood. You will need to provide the customized neighborhood details for the FRS radio section.