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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
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  • Lamorinda CERT becomes a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

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  • High School Scholarship Program for Registration Fees

    Lamorinda CERT is pleased to announce the establishment of a CERT Scholarship Endowment Fund specifically to pay class registration fees for Lamorinda high school students.  Qualified candidates must be in at least 14 years old, in high school, and have a written teacher or community …

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  • Shop at Amazon and support Lamorinda CERT

    If you shop at Amazon (doesn’t everyone), go to and select Lamorinda CERT Foundation as your charity. Every time you make a purchase, Amazon will credit the CERT account and it doesn’t cost you a thing. Every quarter, Amazon sends a check to Lamorinda …

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  • Online CERT Refresher

    There is now a free online CERT Basic Training Refresher at:

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  • CERT Drill Victims

    Here are the moulaged victims from our drill last night. They are all Boy Scouts (some from a co-ed troop in San Francisco) and some have volunteered for several drills. We can’t thank them enough for helping to make the search and rescue and medical …

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  • Class 1609 Graduates

    We graduated 30 enthusiastic students in the Fall 2016 class series. The graduation drill was held last night at the MOFD Fire Station 45 in Orinda. Students went through medical, search and rescue, cribbing and fire suppression. They must have liked the class. Here’s a …

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  • Presentation Files updated

    The Presentation Files have been updated as of 13 October 2016. All of the current PowerPoint presentations and their corresponding handouts are available under Resources -> Presentation Files. The slidesets are being reviewed and updates will be posted soon, probably in early December.

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  • Question about Concentrated Bleach in water drums

    A question has been raised about the quantity of Concentrated Bleach to put into water drums. Regular bleach is 5.25% Sodium Hypochlorite and the new Concentrated bleach is 8.25%. The manufacturer just reduced the water volume by 1/3. For drinking water, the drum label quantities …

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  • Larger classrooms mean more students

    We have just finished our Winter 2016 class in the Jennifer Russell Building at the Lafayette Community Center. With this large room, we were able to register 54 students. Our Spring classroom is rather small, a capacity of only 35 students, but our Fall series …

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  • New Drum Accessories

    We now have new accessories for water drums available on the Disaster Supplies page. The new products are inexpensive parts that will keep your drums clean and your future water stores sealed.

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  • Foundation Board Meeting

    A meeting of the Lamorinda CERT Foundation Board of Directors will be held on November 30, 2016 to discuss and vote on changes to the Bylaws. See the ABOUT CERT / Foundation page for more details.

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  • Water Drums

    Lamorinda CERT just finished a bulk purchase of Water Drums. These drums comply with FDA regulations for food and drugs. They are opaque FDA Blue to keep out light so bacteria will not grow (clear containers must be kept in darkness). According to the EPA, …

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  • Safety Fair and CERT Exhibition

    Lamorinda CERT and the Lafayette Emergency Preparedness Commission will present a free Lafayette Safety Fair and CERT Exhibition at Stanley Middle School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, August 30. Exhibitors will include: police, fire, Emergency Management Services, Red Cross, Medical Reserve Corps, Contra …

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  • FCC eliminates GMRS radio license fees

    UPDATE — On May 21st the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will eliminate one or two parts of the license fees for GMRS radio licensees. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This …

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  • Northern California Regional Conference

    A Regional Conference will be held in Richmond on June 30. All CERT members are invited to register at Many workshops and advanced training sessions will be presented. For more information, email the Lamorinda CERT Program Manager.

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