Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (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 situation.

CERT LogoCERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:

  • Manage utilities and put out small fires.
  • Treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock.
  • Provide basic medical aid.
  • Search for and rescue victims safely.
  • Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
  • Collect disaster intelligence to support first-responder efforts.

For more information about CERT, see the CERT-LA web site.

For more information about the Westdale CERT please contact Carl Ginsberg

Our Emergency Container

The Westdale CERT maintains a large container of emergency equipment and supplies on the grounds of the Mar Vista Elementary School at 3330 Granville Avenue.  This will be our Incident Command Center in the event of a disaster.

In the event of a disaster, all trained CERT members should first insure that their families are safe and secure and then are urged to report to the Incident Command center to begin neighborhood disaster operations.  Untrained individuals and those with medical training are also urged to report to the IC as there will be much to do for both trained and untrained responders.  CERT responders should bring their CERT safety supplies (helmet, vest, goggles, gloves etc.).  All responders should bring water and snack food. If possible bring leather gloves and eye protection as we have only a limited supply.

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