Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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The next Brisbane CERT meeting for all Brisbane CERT members is scheduled for Monday, 8/20 at 6:30pm, at City Hall...all former members are welcome to attend and hear how they can rejoin!
Due to multiple conflicts, the Brisbane CERT Members meeting scheduled for this Thursday, 5/10/18, has been CANCELLED.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  There is another opportunity to attend a Brisbane CERT Members meeting on Thursday, 5/24/18 at 6:30pm at City Hall.  The meeting is designed for Brisbane CERTs to check in and address any questions including retraining, equipment and program updates. 
Thank you, 
Amy Listmann
Just a reminder that all Brisbane CERT members will be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, 4/4/18, beginning at 6:30pm in the Community Room (Council Chambers) at City Hall. All former CERT Members are encouraged to attend! And please bring whatever CERT IDs, radios, and backpack or duffle bag containing your CERT equipment to the meeting so that we can identify any additional needs. We will also be discussing upcoming exercises, training, and activities.


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Our first activity will be Saturday, 3/31/18, at 10am in the Brisbane Corp Yard off Tunnel Road.  We will be conducting a service project to benefit City and CERT operations.  We will meet to inventory, clean, and organize the supplies in each of the 3 EOC Trailers (EOC-1, EOC-2 & EOC-3) and CERT boxes.  In addition to discussing CERT topics while together, there are also plans to gather for lunch afterward. 
In order to prepare for local and county-wide CERT events in 2018, our first official meeting will be held Wednesday, 4/4/18, at 6:30pm at City Hall; I will update the exact room later.  Continuing after that, we will meet monthly initially to maintain momentum.  In the meantime, please note the following CERT exercises in your calendar:
Radio/Communications Drill, 4/14/18, 0900-1200 - Walt Long is coordinating Brisbane’s Ham Radio efforts
Green Dawn, 6/7/18, approx. 0700-1400 – replaces Silver Dragon
Yellow Command, 9/18/18
Disaster Preparedness Day @ San Mateo County Event Center, 9/22/18
Brisbane CERT continues the work of implementing platforms and systems to rebuild our program. And we will conduct our own Brisbane CERT Academy this Fall!  Interested enrollees should email We are excited to get going on DOING activities which will be our focus to allow CERT Members to be ACTIVE in disaster preparation exercises and in service and support of the Brisbane Community.  Please feel free to reach out via ~ Amy Listmann, Brisbane CERT Program Assistant


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. The organization's purpose is to provide a group of trained citizens to assist the City's implementation of its Emergency Operations Plan during a disaster, and to encourage emergency preparedness in the community. As a volunteer organization closely affiliated with the City of Brisbane, members may serve as a temporary resource to the city during emergency situations when professional responders are overwhelmed.

CERTs follow the FEMA-developed CERT curriculum which is an 8-module series of two-hour classes teaching CERT Organization, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Medical Operations, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, and Brisbane specific Damage Assessment.

During a catastrophic emergency, the CERTs will walk their assigned residential routes and conduct damage assessment surveys acting as the "eyes and ears" of the City's Emergency Operations Center so that situation status updates and priority assignment of resources can be completed. Their training in utility shutoff, first aid, and light urban search and rescue will undoubtedly mitigate further property damage and significantly assist in the preservation of human life. CERTs are also trained in shelter operations, and are anticipated to have a significant role in the care of fellow citizens, whether that role be working in a shelter or assisting with the distribution of critical supplies.

During less catastrophic emergencies, CERTs can volunteer to assist with traffic control (especially in the case of fire-related evacuations), fill sandbags to control flooding during unusually heavy rain events, and a myriad of other activities.

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Are you interested in joining CERT and learning essential training to help your neighbors and community in times of disaster? Become a part of a volunteer organization that works closely with the City of Brisbane to promote disaster preparedness. 
For membership application and general information contact the City of Brisbane Office of Emergency Services:

Amy Listmann (415) 508-2128 or or  

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The CERT Block Captain is responsible for a "block" or "route". Each route contains approximately 15 residences that are logically mapped throughout the city's residential neighborhoods. To become and maintain "Block Captain" status, the volunteer must maintain certifications in CPR and First Aid and be trained in Damage Assessment. In the event of an obvious disaster, block captains will automatically commence walking their routes to perform damage assessment.

If you want the CEVs and your Block Captain to have essential information on your residence, complete the Residential Survey Form and mail, fax, or emailto Elizabeth Solis at the Brisbane Fire Department Administration - North County Fire Authority. Contact information is located on the Residential Survey Form.

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California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Brochures:

San Mateo County Health Department Brochures:

PG&E Brochures:

North County Fire Authority Brochures:

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