CERT is our local support when a disaster strikes
In Los Angeles, communities are ill-prepared to deal with the devastating aftermath of a major disaster. Basic police, fire department and medical services will be unavailable to local communities for days. Neighbors must be prepared to rely on themselves, with their own supplies, knowledge and organization.
Join Now! The CERT program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to
help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency.
CERT training is FREE
Do yourself, your family and your neighbors a favor by learning about this important program today.
The Neighborhood Team Program
IN THE EVENT OF A CATASTROPHIC EMERGENCY, our city/country services will not be available for hours/days... Communities benefit by participation in the NEIGHBORHOOD EMERGENCY TEAM program.
CERT trained neighbors working alongside their untrained neighbors into NETs, Neighborhood Emergency Teams.
Each program is adaptable to the needs, resources and interests
of each community, thereby improving
preparedness and response at the neighborhood level.
Volunteer teams of 10-20 persons, living within a 3-5 block radius, led by CERT trained personnel from the area, are instructed in personal, family and limited group preparedness techniques.
These include search and report, light search and rescue, damage assessment,
communications and field level medical treatment.
Participation in your NTP, will help ensure your family's safety, as well as yourself.
- You will learn the basics of emergency services protocol
- You will learn about your neighbor's strengths and weaknesses
- You will be prepared in advance with supplies and contact information
- When the big one hits, our community will be ready to help ourselves and our neighbors.
For information, go to the NTP-LA website and sign-up today.
FEMA is our Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA is online with many tips to help you prepare yourself, your loved ones and your home.
FEMA provides online help with planning and preparedness
Emergency Communications: Our Phones Are Out, Now What?
In a regional emergency such as an earthquake, our communications systems—cell phones, land lines, and Internet— likely will fail. If it's a big earthquake, communications and power could be out for 10 days or more. As we survey our homes and neighborhood for casualties and damage, how can we communicate with members of our neighborhood disaster response team?
FRS (Family Radio Service) radios, which are small, portable hand-held devices that function similar to walkie-talkies, work well for short range communication. Although they have limited range, as an addition to dispatching runners, skateboarders, and bicyclists with handwritten notes, hand-held two-way radios may help and are an important part of your family’s disaster preparedness kit. Anyone who uses a mobile phone can, with a little training and practice (and fresh batteries), become a good FRS radio communicator.
Links to More important information
Westside Village Contact: Valerie Fontaine