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.
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Upcoming Events--Mark your Calendars!
July 28: Eugene Police Department Safety Town - Earthquake Safety
We will be at Safety Town on July 28th, teaching pre-kindergarten kids the importance of what to do during an earthquake. There will be lots of shaking, dropping, covering, and holding on. We need some volunteers for this event. You can sign up HERE
Date: Thursday July 28
Time: 9:45 - 3:15 (can volunteer for just morning, or just afternoon)
Place: Eugene Christian School, 2895 Chad Drive, Eugene
July 30: Volunteers Needed: Children’s Celebration / National Night Out Kick-off event - Can't volunteer? Come anyway and bring the family for some great fun!
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 (Volunteer Time: includes set up and take down time)
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Family Fun Time- bring the kids and the in-laws!)
Place: Island Park in Springfield - 200 West B Street
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 signing up HERE
Check out the flyer for the event HERE
July 31: SE Neighbors Block Captain Training
Are you interested in helping your neighborhood be prepared for disaster? Join others in the SE Neighbors and learn what they have done to help their neighborhood be prepared! This training is designed for those interested in being an active part of their neighborhood preparedness plan, but it is open to anyone who wants to learn more about neighborhood preparedness. Come to the training, then go to your neighborhood association and get the ball rolling for YOUR neighborhood disaster plan.
Date: Sunday, July 31
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Place: Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard Street, Eugene
Registration is required, so check out their webpage for more information: SE Neighbors Block Captain Training
August 10: Business Continuity Workshop
Join others at the Lane Preparedness Coalition Business Continuity Workshop. If you own or are part of a business, then This is for you! Learn tips and tools to help you stay open for business when disaster strikes.
Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Place: EWEB - 500 E. 4th Avenue (the north building, up the stairs, around the outside of the building)
Registration not required
Check out their webpage for more information: Lane Preparedness Coalition
Some Recent Activities
CERT Class Skills Demonstration Day
We had an excellent skills demonstration day on May 7th! Approximately 45 CERTs completed the skills demonstration. We are so pleased to add this group to our growing list of prepared community members! Check out more photos in the gallery.
On Saturday, May 14th, we had the opportunity to staff an outreach tent at the Branches of Valor Heroes Challenge at Camp Harlow. Our booth was graciously sponsored by Train Like You Mean It. Thank you to all who volunteered!
CERTs, “The Really Big One” and Community Television
On Friday, April 29th, at the City Club meeting, Carlos Barrera, the CERT SE District Leader, joined other experts and talked about disaster preparedness. Specifically, preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that we are overdue for.
Carlos focused on Map Your Neighborhood and Neighborhood Disaster Plans. In addition to Carlos, Steve McGuire, the Lane County Building Program Manager, talked about ways we can help make our home (and chimney) withstand the expected shaking. Krista Dillon, the Director of Emergency Management for UO, spoke about the impact of the quake, including intensity and duration.
If you missed this event, you can sill listen to the archived audio tape. Details may be found HERE
Fire Station 15 Neighborhood Exercise
On March 19th, 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:
CERTs who went above and beyond in 2015
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
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!
With heartfelt gratitude, we say thank you and farewell to our outgoing officers, and welcome the upcoming year's officers. They will serve until June 30, 2017.
Secretary - Julia Yoder
Training & Safety Officer - Lisa Wimberley
Springfield District Leader - Susan Dahlquist
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 - Tracy Baier
Steering Committee Chair - Devonne Maxey
The Eugene Springfield CERT Bylaws and Charter may be found here.