Culver City CERT
Community Emergency Response Team
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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program was started by the Culver City Fire
Department in November 1997. The Culver City Community Emergency Response Team is an active part of the Culver City’s Emergency
Response Plan. Along with maintaining the skills necessary to assist our community in times of need, Culver City CERT proudly volunteers at events in an effort to support our community and
raise awareness of our Mission.
While the main purpose of CERT is to train citizens to take care of themselves, their families, and neighbors in the event of a disaster, many CERT Members in Culver City decide to volunteer to assist the city in times of emergency as well as disaster. Culver City CERT is under the control of the Culver City Fire Department and is run by a Board of Directors which serve a two year term.
The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness and response in order to take care of
their families and neighborhood in case of a disaster. The training includes 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 also decide to 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.
In the event of an emergency the Culver City Fire Department can “activate” CERT to assist the city when needed. Members do not self “activate” unless there is a major earthquake effecting the city. They are contacted by the Culver City Fire Department to assist in the emergency.
CERT Members also comprise the Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES), which maintains all HAM Radios in the CERT VEhicle and CIty Emergency Operations Center. These members hold FCC licenses for operating amateur radio. CCARES members operate Emergency Communications (E-COMM) during Drills and Emergencies in the city.
Visit the CCARES website here:
If you are interested in taking the CERT training please click the link below to get your FREE tickets.
Please make sure you will be able to commit yourself to attend ALL 3 Days of training
If you do not complete ALL of the training components you will need to make up the
Modules that you did not complete during a later class.
You will not be able to participate in CERT activities until you make up the missed training component(s).
I took CERT / I'm a member of Culver City CERT, Now What?
There are several things you do once you have completed your CERT training. While there is no requirement for additional training, we highly recommend you continue training; if you don't use it, you lose it. We have linked some ways for you to continue your preparedness efforts below. There are also 2-4 events per year where we need volunteers to help promote CC CERT and to talk about becoming disaster ready, these opportunities are emailed out or posted to Facebook.
Culver City CERT General Meetings - FREE
There are 4 General Meetings per year - February, May, September, and November. These meetings are listed in the Calendar on this site, and we do mini-refreshers and have guest speakers during these meetings, to help keep your skills sharp.
Thursday February 6, 2020 - 7pm-9pm ( Must have a ticket for this meeting, to sign up see the calendar)
Thursday May 7, 2020 - 7pm-9pm
Thursday September 3, 2020 - 7pm-9pm
Thursday November 5, 2020 - 7pm-9pm
Culver City CERT Drills / Refresher - FREE
Each year CERT has two final drill, one each of our Spring, and Fall CERT classes. Graduates are always invited back to participate in the drill as volunteer victims to help provide realism to our students, volunteer responders to gain extra experience, or to be the Incident Commander to further your CERT abilities.
Since 2017 we have been having an annual refresher usually in June, but sometimes in September. This is not required but it is highly encouraged that you attend. This is a one-day refresher 9am - 130pm, filled with minimal lectures, and lots of skills practice.
The 2020 Refresher will be Saturday September 12, 2020. We will have a sign up form posted shortly.
The Great California Shake Out - FREE
This is an annual event in October, you can sign up using the link below and participate at work, at school, or anywhere you are at 10:17AM. Culver City CERT also participates in a drill on this day as well. The Great California Shake Out will be Thursday October 15, 2020
Follow us on Social Media to stay updated - FREE
The easiest way to stay connected and continue to train is to follow Culver City CERT on Social Media. We often post opportunities to volunteer as well as information about upcoming drills and events in the city and with our partner cities on Facebook.
Incident Command Training - FREE - Online Courses through FEMA
Stop The Bleed - FREE
CPR/AED/Basic First Aid Classes - $$
Rancho Higuera NERT (11)
Downtown NERT (area 12)
Carlson Park East NERT (13)
North of Sony (NOS) NERT
Blair Hills NERT (14)
Raintree NERT (15)
Tara Hill NERT (16)
Lakeside Village NERT (17)
Windsor Fountains NERT (18)
Carlson Park NERT (19)
City Hall BERT
District 1 Manager
Studio Estates NERT (21)
Coombs Park NERT (22)
Westside NERT (23)
Tellefson Park NERT (24)
Vet’s Park NERT (25)
DMV NERT (26)
Little Culver NERT (27)
School District BERT
District 2 Manager
Lindberg Park NERT (31)
Culver Crest NERT (32)
East Sunkist NERT (33)
Blanco Park NERT (34)
Canterbury NERT (35)
Green Valley NERT (36)
West Sunkist NERT (37)
Lakeside Villas NERT (38)
Heritage Park NERT (39)
District 3 Manager
(Lifts and Carries)
February General Meeting 2020 Stop The Bleed Training
Public Information Officer Stephanie Benjamin Receiving Fire Department Award for dedication to the Community
Receiving Fire Department Award for dedication to the Community
Chief White Addresses CERT Membership 2019
November General Meeting CCPD Active Shooter Lecture 2019
Shake Out Drill 2019
Fall CERT Class 2019
CERT Refresher 2019
Fiesta La Ballona 2019
Fire Service Day 2019
May General Meeting 2019 Woolsey Fire Review
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible to take the training?
The training is free and available to residents of Culver City and those who work in Culver City. Non-Culver City residents may also attend if they live in an area with a CERT Program and space is available.
What is involved in the Training?
The 21 hours of training, divided into three classes, includes an Introduction to Disaster Response, Disaster Medical Operations, Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Hazardous Materials, Terrorism Awareness and Incident Command. The training is “hands on” requiring students to apply what they learn in class. There is a “mock earthquake” drill on the last day where students practice everything they learned in training.
The course is conducted Saturdays; 9am to 4pm.
Is there an age minimum?
Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
Stephanie Benjamin is the President of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.
Michael Landau is the Vice President of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.
Steven O'Donnell is the Treasurer of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.
Carol Kramer is the Member At Large of the Culver City CERT
Mia Cramer is the Secretary of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.
Erik Mayer is the Operations Manager.
Ian Cousineau is the Logistics Manager.
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Stephanie Benjamin is the Public Information Officer (PIO).
District 1 Manager
Kathleen O'Donnell is the District 1 Manager.
District 2 Manager
Marty Zisner is the District 2 Manager.
District 3 Manager
Michael Landau is the District 3 Manager.
Valerie Hernandez is the Fundraising Manager.
Earle Hartling is the Training Manager.
Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service
The Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES) is a volunteer organization of area residents who have obtained an FCC amateur radio license. CCARES works with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), whom they are directly affiliated with, the Culver City Fire Department, and the Culver City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to provide communication in case of emergencies that might disable telephone or cellular service. Community members are encouraged to study for and take the 35 question test required for this FCC radio license, acquire a radio and join us in assisting with vital inter-neighborhood and Culver City wide communications in cases of widespread disaster or emergency.
CCARES HF Day
February 1, 2020
Our latest and greatest activity is yet to be named but for now let’s call it HF Days. The aim is to provide time at the Radio Room at Fire Station 1 for CCARES members, regardless of license class, can learn and experience the operation of our equipment. Attendees are encouraged to review the “HF Weak Signal” page, and it’s linked pages, under CCARES 101 prior to attending an HF Day
CCARES Club Day
February 15, 2020
Location: 9600 Culver Blvd. For more information please check the calendar.
How do I get involved?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are or would like to become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and will agree to support CCARES during disaster operations.
The K6CCR repeater is located near the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and is on:
445.6 MHz, CTCSS code 131.8, standard offset of -5 MHz.
Club Day Activity plan:
- 10a – 10:30a: General housekeeping & check of the systems in the radio room.
- 10:30a – 10:45a: A short check-in Net utilizing members who are on hand to conduct the net. We will announce any activities we have planned for the day and invite folks to join us. We might also have variants of the net exploring Simplex, Winlink & ARDEN check-ins as time goes on.
- The focus of club day and subjects covered will change from month to month, some days we will perform hands-on work with equipment, some days will involve field work with radios & some with outside presenters.
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