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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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  • 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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  • Victims needed

    Wednesday, April 1st, 8am-Noon – Need volunteers to play victims for a county wide evacuation drill in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Email for more information. This is a Medical Reserve Corps event.

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  • CERT at Lamorinda Home Expo Show

    Sandi and Todd Gritzer helped staff the Lamorinda CERT table at the 2015 Lamorinda Home Expo today at the Lafayette Veteran’s Memorial Center. A lot of visitors expressed interest in CERT and we expect some of them to sign up for classes.  

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  • Lamorinda Active Shooter drill

    The three police departments joined St. Mary’s College Public Safety, ConFire, Moraga-Orinda Fire, Contra Costa County Sherrif and AMR EMS services in an Active Shooter drill yesterday. Lamorinda CERT participated by supplying victims and moulage. Here are a few photos of the ‘gunshot wound victims’ …

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  • Website chat added

    We’ve added a chat function to our website so people with questions can ask online as long as one of our staff is available to answer. See for yourself at the bottom of your browser window!

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  • Class 1409 graduation

    Class 1409 graduated last night with 19 students finishing a drill at MOFD Station 45. Boy Scouts from Troops 200 and 246 were moulaged and played ‘victim’ in both the Light Search and Rescue and the Medical Treatment areas.

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  • The Great Shakeout of 2014

    On Thursday, October 16th the Lamorinda Cities of Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda along with MOFD participated in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Exercise. Emergency Operations Centers were activated in each city to respond to the incident. Schools, neighborhoods and families reported their status.

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