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Neighborhood CERTs

 

Mountain View encourages organized neighborhood CERTs.  These are composed of a core group of CERT trained individuals and neighborhood volunteers.  The groups provide an on-going source of disaster preparedness information to their neighborhood and conduct periodic drills to practice their CERT skills.  Please click here for a list of existing neighborhood CERT's and contact information for the group organzier. 

 In addition to the links on this page, you may contact the Office of Emergency Services for more information at 650-903-6825.

 Existing CERT Groups   

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 Forming a New Neighborhood CERT

Residents of Mountain View are encouraged to form CERTs to help themselves and their neighbors prepare for emergencies, and to provide assistance during and after an emergency.  Neighborhood CERTs are a good way for a small number of participating residents to establish a community feeling that supports a much larger neighborhood.  The long term result is a safer and supportive neighborhood where people want to come and live. 

 One of the most important things a neighborhood CERT can do during a major disaster is to communicate their neighborhood’s condition and needs to the City when 911 and other telephone services are not available.

 Forming a Neighborhood CERT is simple and easy. The starting point is one CERT Trained person who is willing to be the Point Of Contact for the group.  That person identifies an additional two or three people to be the core of the new group. 

 A Neighborhood CERT may establish its boundaries around blocks of single family homes, a development, or a medium to large condominium or apartment complex. A group may start with a small area and expand over time.

 There is no specific way a Neighborhood CERT has to be organized.  The links to existing groups above provide examples that can be used. 

 When you want to form a new Neighborhood CERT, or if you have additional questions please call 650-903-6825.

 Neighborhood CERT Communication

 CERT training teaches participants how to take care of themselves and their families, and assist their neighbors during and after a disaster.  Each neighborhood group develops its own focus and activities, with a balance of emphasis among information gathering and reporting, and small team Search & Rescue, Medical Assistance & Fire Suppression efforts.  

All CERTs are asked to use the standard Summary Message Form when communicating information to the Mountain View Emergency Operating Center (EOC).  Information for the summary message can be gathered on the Damage Assessment Form.   For other communications to the EOC, use the General Message Form. For communications within CERTs, the assigned GMRS/FRS frequencies are found in the Communications Plan