It was our West County CERT’s 23rd Academy. It’s the same Academy that was postpone twice, due to the pandemic – the third time is the charm apparently – and things went sideways and almost derailed it at the very last minute. And still thanks in no small part to the dedication and resourcefulness […]
West County CERT is a unique blend of volunteers from all walks of life with very diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and experience. We work with the police departments of Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Westminster to:
- Educate and prepare our neighbors within these communities for emergencies and disasters.
- Maintain readiness through training service.
- Support the men and women in these police departments and throughout Orange County CA when called upon.
We have found in every situation, anyone who has completed the CERT Basic Training can contribute, regardless of their age or physical abilities. Each Team member adds to the camaraderie, spirit, and abilities of the Team. In a disaster situation, we focus on doing the most good for the most people and everyone can share in that outcome.
Our Team participates in many community activities and events throughout our area. From neighborhood introduction programs to fairs and festivals; and from parades to service events like filling sand bags or delivering safety & preparedness information, West County CERT works to keep a high profile and awareness of emergency safety and disaster preparedness.
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One of our CERT Program focus points is community training. We coordinate and organize training events like our CERT Basic Training to help our community members to better understand what will happen in a widespread emergency event and how they and their family members can be better prepared for it. Our training events are generally free of charge. Please see our Training page for more information and details.
The West County CERT Program is built on the National CERT model of flexibility and fluid leadership and team cross training. We have also found there are three areas of ongoing responsibilities that benefit from some additional participation to help us maintain a state of readiness. These internal teams are
- Trailer Team
- Medical Team
- Retention and Recruiting