Welcome to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno CERT
Training and Information Page
With proper training and education, volunteers expand the resources available to local communities. Below are training opportunities for CERT and your CERT neighborhoods.
Red Cross Shelter Training for Volunteers
Los Altos is hosting some upcoming training for community members, CERT's, and other volunteers to attend. Videoconference class via RingCentral
Review: Red Cross Shelter basics For those who already have taken Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals class. you will watch the training video together, and Red Cross volunteer Neil Katin will share perspective and answer questions.
Thursday March 4th - 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Registration link: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_BSZGVNFQST2-eRXPnnmsrA
Class: Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals To learn how a Red Cross Shelter operates: principles, layout, policies, etc. You will watch the training video together, and Red Cross volunteer Jim Mollerus will add his perspective and answer questions. Jim is a highly experienced shelter manager, and is not to be missed.
Monday March 15 - 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Registration link: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_A5QFQ_nSQPWXuob24bdcTQ
March 25 webinar on “Secure Your Space.” Mark Benthien will join us to teach us some simple actions we can take to improve our home’s safety in an earthquake. (Mark is the Executive Director, Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) and the Global Coordinator for the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill). Several Los Altos Block Action Team Leaders will tell us how they used ECA “mini-awards” to improve their neighborhood’s earthquake safety. And, we’ll learn a little about the Earthquake Bolt and Brace grants program. This is a great way to get started! 7:30 pm on Thurs March 25, register today.
CERT Skill Refresher Training Opportunities
Santa Clara County Fire Department is offering online CERT Refresher Training for all CERT members.
|Disaster Preparedness||Mar. 23||6:00-7:30 PM||Click Here to Register|
|Terrorism||Apr. 15||6:00-7:30 PM||Click Here to Register|
|Fire Safety||May 25||6:00-7:30 PM||Click Here to Register|
|Light Search & Rescue||Jun 23||6:00-7:30 PM||Click Here to Register|
|Communication & Documentation||July 22||6:00-7:30 PM||Click Here to Register|
Emergency Volunteer Center Training
During a disaster or other emergency, The Town may activate it's Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) to provide a way for community members to help out and to manage volunteer efforts.
When a disaster or emergency strikes, the Los Gatos and Monte Sereno Communities step up looking for ways to help. The Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) is a program we use to coordinate spontaneous volunteers. Community members who sign up during a disaster are letting us know that they are ready and willing to help.
To run a successful Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) we need community members who are pre-trained to staff the center.
EVC training is available via the 4 modules listed below:
EVC Module 1, Introduction to EVCs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTplqd9Ers8
EVC Module 2, Basic Operations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAScahqU7fk
EVC Module 3, EVC Management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjowCEcq3l8
EVC Module 4, Working Together with Spontaneous Volunteers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmH0OQ1D6vQ
Incident Command System Training
We recommend that all CERT members learn about the Incident Command System (ICS) and NIMS. FEMA offers web-based training, so that you can complete the courses at your convenience:
IS-100.C: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.B: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.D: National Response Framework An Introduction
CERT Volunteer Hours
In the event of a disaster, our community needs to ensure that our CERT's are trained and ready to help with the immediate needs of first responders and our community. To aid in evaluating future training opportunities, classes, activities, and to build greater support of Town members, it will be very helpful to know where our current efforts are being placed and how many hours of community service our CERT's are devoting to their own emergency preparedness and to the resilience of our CERT program and our overall Town.
The Volunteer Hours Submission form will give you an easy way to provide information on the volunteer hours that you and each CERT member have participated in towards the CERT program.
This simple 10-question form should take less than 5 minutes to complete each month. Upon completion of a CERT-related activity, please use the submission form as needed to log your volunteer time.
CERT Members Access Page
Welcome to the CERT members page. We have over 200 trained volunteers, reporting to eight command posts within our community.
Active CERT Members may follow the link below to access training information, forms and NICP information for the Los Gatos and Monte Sereno communities.