About the CERT Program
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Click here for an example Course Outline
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Upcoming Events--Mark your Calendars!
NO MONTHLY CERT MEETING FOR MAY - Join us for our group meeting in June - more info to come
Friday April 29: CERTs, “The Really Big One” and Community Television
Carlos Barrera, the CERT SE District Leader, will join other experts and talk about disaster preparedness. Specifically, preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that we are overdue for.
Carlos will focus on Map Your Neighborhood and Neighborhood Disaster Plans. In addition to Carlos, Steve McGuire, the Lane County Building Program Manager, will talk about ways we can help make our home (and chimney) withstand the expected shaking. Krista Dillon, the Director of Emergency Management for UO, will talk about the impact of the quake, including intensity and duration. You don’t want to miss this!
You can attend this event – it is free for City Club members, and $5 for non-members. You can also watch the event on Community Television of Lane County.
Date: Friday, April 29th
Time: Noon – 1:20 pm
Place: UO Academic Extension at the Downtown Baker Center, 975 High St., Eugene
Cost: Free for City Club members, $5 for guests (does not include lunch)
Details may be found HERE
May 1 - 4: EWEB Water Bottle Distribution
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!
Each year EWEB participates in Drinking Water Week, by, among other things, offering purchase of 3 gallon water storage containers. They need our help to prepare the bottles for distribution, and to distribute the bottles. All work will take place at the EWEB Headquarters at 500 E. 4th Avenue in Eugene. Safe, reliable drinking water is critical to our resilience and recovery from disaster. Please help make this project a success for our community!
We need morning and afternoon volunteers, Sunday through Friday, May 1st through 6th. Please help support this worthy event by volunteering! Use the link below to sign up.
Sign up for EWEB Water Bottle Distribution Project
Saturday May 14: HEROES CHALLENGE
Opportunity to volunteer and / or participate!
The second annual Branches of Valor Heroes Challenge is fast approaching. We will have a CERT table at this event, and need volunteers to staff our table.
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: Event 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteer for CERT Table: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Camp Harlow, Eugene
To volunteer to staff our table, please email Devonne at Devonne.firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn about other volunteer opportunities at this event, or to learn about participating in the challenge, please see the documentHERE
SPRING CERT TRAINING
The spring class is now full and REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Classes will be four consecutive Saturdays, with the final drill being the afternoon of the last Saturday.
Dates: 04/16, 04-23, 04/30, 05/07
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Place: Fire / EMS Training Facility: 1705 West 2nd Avenue, Eugene
For more information: 2016 Spring CERT Course Flyer
Thursday Nights, April 7, 14, 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26: Amateur Radio Technician License Class
7:00 - 9:00 pm, at the American Red Cross Building, 862 Bethel Drive, Eugene
Class is Free! Books are available for purchase at $30
Instructor is "Matt" Dillon. Class is almost full, so register now if you wish to attend
Amateur Radio Class Spring Flier
Register by responding to: email@example.com
The next Amateur Radio Class will be September 8 through October 27 (Thursday evenings)
Same time, same location, same great instructor.
July 30: Volunteers Needed: Children’s Celebration / National Night Out Kick-off event
CERT participates in this family event every year. We’ll have a 10’ by 10’ exhibitor booth. It’s always fun, and provides a good opportunity to talk to kids and their families about disaster preparedness.
Date: Saturday, July 30th
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 pm (includes set up and take down time)
Place: Island Park in Springfield
Volunteer Need: We need four CERTs to cover the hours. We can do it in shifts, or full day volunteers - whatever works for you!
If you can volunteer for the entire day, AWESOME! If you can volunteer for part of the day, THANK YOU! Please volunteer for this event by emailing Devonne at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, including locations and times, call Devonne at 541.682.5640.
Some Recent Activities
Wednesday, April 6: Monthly CERT Meeting and Supplemental Training - How to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flooding
Saturday, March 19th: Fire Station 15 Neighborhood Exercise: About 50 CERTs and neighborhood folks came together on Saturday at Fire Station 15, to test the feasibility of CERTs reporting to fire stations in the event of a disaster. CERTs conducted Triage, disaster medical, and neighborhood assessments. It was a great learning experience. Thank you to all who participated! Check out some photos on the Gallery page - March 19 Exercise Photos
Also check out the local news coverage of the event:
Wednesday, March 2nd: Food Preservation for Disaster Planning. Join us and learn from Master Food Preservers Katya Davis and Karen Ailor. Where: Eugene Public Works: 1820 Roosevelt Blvd., Eugene, Building 2, Rooms N & S
Wednesday, February 24th: Operation Volunteer Placement - This was a great event! Thank you to Heather Sielicki for hosting it. Some great discussion took place - a very worthwhile exercise!
CERT Winter Training: Completed our CERT winter training on February 14. It was a good class! Thank you to Fire Station 3 in Springfield for hosting the course.
2015 CERT RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Thank you to all of you who attended our 2015 CERT Recognition Ceremony. Good pizza, good conversation, and some fun was had by all.
Join us in congratulating our 2015 Award winning CERTs:
2015 Volunteer of the year: Brandon Noble
2015 Trainer of the Year: Tammy Puett
2015 CERT Ambassador Award: Isa Aviad
Outreach and Community Engagement Award: Carlos Barerra
Neighborhood Disaster Planning Award: Heather Sielicki
Sui Generis Trainer for 2015: Ben Bower
Emerging Trainer: Lisa Wimberly
Outreach Volunteers: JR Dalpiaz and Jeff Newton
Moulage Artist Extraordinaire: Lisa Wimberly, Eva Noble, David Pratt
Appreciation for ongoing support of the CERT Program: Harvey & Price AND Norwest Safety
Commitment to Excellence in the CERT Program: Devonne Maxey
and for his Leadership and Support of the CERT Program: Ken Vogeney
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW NE DISTRICT LEADER
We are pleased to announce that we have a new NE District Leader - Andrew Davis.
Welcome aboard Andrew!
Check out our emergency management website
The City of Eugene, City of Springfield, and University of Oregon are all working together to build a culture of preparedness in our community. Increasing our overall disaster resilence is the responsibilty of every community member. By providing tools and resources to our community members, we are working toward one goal - overall disaster preparedness.
The recent New Yorker magazine article, “The Really Big One,” about the possibility of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Pacific Northwest has sparked intense public interest in emergency preparedness. We are hosting public forums to further explain earthquake preparedness, answer questions our community may have and empower our community with knowledge and resources.
You can also watch the recent University of Oregon presentation, in which experts explain the science behind earthquake hazards we face here in the Pacific Northwest, and what you can do to help lessen the impact of a major earthquake on you, your family, and your community. Check out the video HERE
Are you prepared for the mega-quake? OPB offers an excellent video and series of articles about exactly that - our preparedness, or lack thereof. The series is titled "Unprepared", and if offers a wealth of very useful information. Check it out at:
Check out our summer newsletter here!
At our annual meeting on June 3rd we elected the upcoming year's officers. They will be serving until
June 30, 2016.
Secretary - Tracy Baier
Training & Safety Officer - Brandon Noble
Springfield District Leader - Isa Aviad
NW Eugene District Leader - Stephanie McGee
NE Eugene District Leader - Andrew Davis
SW Eugene District Leader - Jeff Newton
SE Eugene District Leader - Carlos Barrera
Outreach Officer - Devonne Maxey
We also finalized and approved our charter, bylaws and organizational structure. Take a look at these documents here.