A Short Peek at  Some of The Victims at the June 2017 Drill

2017 THMM CERT CALENDAR and Other Public Events

If not present, exact dates & times will be inserted as soon as available-please check next week.


If you know of any upcoming events that you think should be here...let us know.  Email us at thmmcert.com. We appreciate your input.

                   AUGUST -COMPLETED




                                                     ALL CERT MONTHLY MEETINGS

Each month the combined East Bay CERT teams meet and focus on sharpening their disaster response skills for the Community Emergency Response Team members (and any interested members of the public) in the area.  Everyone is welcome.

Meetings will be held at the Richmond Senior Center at 2525 McDonald Ave, Richmond.  These combined East Bay CERT teams' meetings will feature training, demonstrations, and open forums.  The ideas for these training sessions come from local CERT teams the  local CERT Planning Committee members.  


    Monthly Joint Training--February 8, 2017--6:30-8:30 PM-Refreshment are available from 6:30 until 7:00 PM

The program will be a Communication Drill, using FRS radios, message pads, and CERT documents including Form 213.  This practice is NOT about how to use or adjust an FRS radio, or radio protocol.  Bring your FRS radios and batteries ONLY if you know how to switch it on, change channels, and what button to use to speak to other radio operators.  Please read your instructions before attending the training.

The goals of this practice are to give all attendees practice sending and receiving communications between Damage Assessment Teams, Communication Teams, and Incident Command Teams.  Each person will: send information from the field, receive information from the field, document the information, and rotate through Incident Command to practice prioritizing on a whiteboard and a map using their own judgement as to which would be called into the EOC.  

The scenarios will be practiced with proper radio protocol.  This includes getting a message through calmly without changing or losing information as well as filling out the proper form

Monday, February 20th, 2017--6:30-7:30--THMM CERT meeting at Tara Hills Mobile Manor Community Center.  


The  February Monthly CERT meeting was a fast paced exercise reorienting members to the need of knowing three important steps in a good communication plan: operating (mechanically) FRS radios; using correct protocols while transmitting messages and the introduction of documentation. 

The  March 8th meeting will be a slower paced session concentrating on various types of documentation needed to track incidents in the neighborhood and to document your CERT team's reaction to these events. Various scenarios will be used to create the content for the documentation; followed by step-by-step instructions on how to draft, review and submit the information so it can be easily understood and retrieved when necessary. The meeting will be held from 7PM to 8:30PM at the Richmond Senior Center, 2525 Macdonald Ave. Refreshments will be served from 6:30PM to 7PM. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM. Visitors are welcome, so bring a friend or neighbor.

                                                                APRIL​ - COMPLETED

                                                                Monthly Joint Meeting-
-April 12th, 2017 

                                   Located at the Richmond Senior Center--2525 McDonald Ave, Richmond ,CA

                                                                            Topic: Communication

                                                6:30-7:00 Refresh and Mingle 7:00-8:30 Training and Cleanup

The April 12th (Wednesday) training session at Richmond’s Senior Center will be similar to the communication training  that occurred in February: i.e., attendees will be assigned to either a Damage Assessment team, a Communication Center, or a Command Center.  If time allows those participating will be rotated through all three areas to understand and experience the roles and some of the tasks required in these positions.   But unlike the previous drills, this one will be a little more challenging as teams will handle more documentation, incoming and outgoing calls, and will have to organize their own messages. This training exercise will be the perfect opportunity to either learn or re-learn some important communication skills and prepare for the further drills or training.  Be sure to watch for the Tara Hills and Burg Park drill announcements and put them on your calendar. More info will be made available as we get closer to the dates.  As before, please bring your fully charged FRS radio if you know how to use it- change volume and channels-, otherwise please leave it home.


                                                                       MAY - COMPLETED     


                                          The Joint CERT Training for May 10, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM
                                        Richmond Senior Center, 2525 MacDonald Ave, Richmond.

Light refreshments served, and handouts to review between 6:30-7:00 PM with training from 7-8:30 PM.

This session will focus on one of the most important tasks CERT members will have to perform following a disaster: TRIAGE.  This training will help make you more comfortable as you perform triage. Don’t miss this class, which will be led by Registered Nurse (RN), Patty Szerlip, and Jim Mallory. They will share their experiences learned over many years of performing triage.
Everyone is welcome, including friends and neighbors. You don’t have to be a CERT grad to attend the monthly training. 

                                                JUNE - COMPLETED

The Joint CERT Training "Second Wednesday's"  Meeting will be June 14, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM
    Richmond Senior Center, 2525 MacDonald Ave, Richmond.

 Light refreshments at 6:30pm, training from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  Please be prompt, as we have a lot of information to cover.

The topic this month will consist of lecture, demonstration and hands on practice in performing a head to toe evaluation of a patient, as you seek broken bones, contusions, bleeding, pain, broken/cracked ribs and other injuries that were missed during triage. Following the lecture and demonstration everyone will have the opportunity to practice on a partner.

                      June 17th Saturday, 10:30 AM Until Around 2:30- CERT Drill at Tara Hills Mobile Manor


This drill’s focus will involve medical procedures.  Those attending will perform: triage and head-to-toe assessments; apply care for the sick and/or injured; assist those with special needs, and document all activities during a mock-disaster scenario that will prompt the setup and operation of a Medical Base Camp and teams being sent out for the purpose of triage and medical transport. 

The exercise will begin promptly at 10:30 AM; so be there by 10:00 if possible to sign in and meet withe others.  The training will last until 2:30 followed by feedback from two registered nurses.  The feedback will provide CERT members with an assessment of their capabilities so that strengths and areas for improvement can be identified. 

This CERT Drill will provide valuable practice of what you have learned in CERT training.  This training will be as life-like as we can make it---victims will be moulaged (made up). The exercise will start promptly at 10:30 AM. and last until around 2:30; followed by feedback.  The event will be held at Tara Hills Mobile Manor Community Room--16401 San Pablo Ave. Corner of San Pablo Ave and Tara Hills Drive.  Turn towards the bay on the corner of Tara Hills Drive and San Pablo Ave, make an immediate left.  Once you turn into Tara Hills Mobile Manor, the community room is on the right in front of you.

             Cost: $10.00 for purchase of medical supplies and water/coffee.  Bring your own lunch/snacks.
                      Questions: Please call John at 916 548-5709 or email soggejackson@gmail.com.
            Important: if you wish to volunteer as a victim, please contact John for more information.  



The topic this month will consist of lecture, videos and demonstration on FIRE SAFETY.  Sometime after the next disaster, as family or CERT members, we will be faced with dealing with the threat of and exposure to fire.  Discussion will include potential fire hazards and fire prevention strategies; how to evaluate fires and determine a course of action; and how CERT members can help prepare our neighbors There will be a demo on fire extinguishers and gas wrenches.  There will be an important segment concerning First Aid for victims.




                                                             September 13, 2017

                                                                                      6:30-8:30 Richmond Sr. Center                                                                                                                                               Refreshments 6:30-7:00 Training Promptly at 7:00

The Sept. Second Wednesdays meeting will teach us how to deal with people who have hearing/speaking challenges. Richmond 's former Office of Emergency Services (OES) Manager Kathy Gerk and two family members that are hearing challenged will teach us how to make  initial contact, how to find out if the person is injured and where on their body the injury is and perhaps most importantly what NOT to do when dealing with a hearing impaired person. She can also teach of some important signs from the American Sign Language protocols, and will take questions.


                                                               September 23, 2017 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
                                                          Come One Come All—Bring the Whole Family
                                                   The Tara Hills Mobile Manor CERT Program Presents
                                                            Its 4th Annual Pet Emergency Rescue Fair
                                                               At Pt Isabel Regional Park In Richmond
Dr. Emily Lin, Pinole Pet Hospital’s Clinical Director and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will be one of the presenters.  Dr. Lin will be answering questions and demonstrating valuable basic emergency 1st Aid techniques to treat dangerous injuries until you can get your pet to a veterinary hospital.

A First Aid Instructor will demonstrate basic first aid for animal inflicted injuries; i.e., animal bites or scratches that can occur during emergency situations.
Carmen Estrada from CART (Contra Costa County Animal Rescue Team) will demonstrate and explain what you need on hand before an emergency arises along with what to do for animals during/after an emergency.  CART is under the umbrella of FEMA and has a rewarding training/certification program that you too can join and, when trained, you may be asked to assist first responders in an emergency.

CERT Program members are all volunteers and are under the umbrella of FEMA.  CERT is trained by local FEMA trained responders.  CERT members will be on hand to answer questions and distribute pamphlets on emergency information for people and their pets.  CERT has a dynamic training/certification program you can be a part of and, once certified, you may be asked to assist first responders in helping your neighbors in an emergency. 

So, bring your pets and join other pet owners’ eager to learn from the experienced, professional presenters.  You can also win prizes donated from Mud Puppies, Subway at 620 San Pablo Ave in Pinole, THMM CERT, and Pet Food Express.  In addition, you will learn important pet emergency hints and procedures. 

             KIDS--There will also be a supervised kid’s area with craft tables including coloring, and gluing projects.  


                                                                                                                   OCTOBER 2017- COMPLETED

                    The Joint CERT Training "Second Wednesday's"  Meeting will be held on October 10, 2017
                                                                              6:30-8:30 Richmond Senior Center                                                              Refreshments 6:30-7:00 Training Promptly at 7:00​

            The Second Wed training topic this month is very important. Please make every effort to attend:

The topic is Incident Command System (ICS). Our guest speaker from Martinez will speak about team organization, how team leaders designate a leader for operations, medical, communications, logistics, etc.


             The Joint CERT Training "Second Wednesday's Meeting will be held on ​November 8, 2017 - 6:30-8:30   

REVISED LOCATION FOR THIS MEETING ONLY: Recreation Department, 3230 Macdonald Ave, Richmond.

                                       Refreshments 6:30 to 7:00 PM -Training starts promptly at  7:00

 The agenda for Nov 8th is an important one.  It will focus on first aid, but we are adding a special component that should interest everyone.  Two medically trained personnel will be conducting blood pressure and pulse checks. Other audience participation is also planned, so do your best to attend this special meeting. It will improve your knowledge and your skill level.

                                                 Advanced CERT Training: November 11, 8:00AM-2:00PM.

If you’ve ever wondered how our Command Post and ICS fit into the “big picture”, there’s an excellent, free class available. Note: some prerequisites are required! See this link for more details: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054aaca72d6-incident1  City Hall, 525 Henrietta St., MartinezFree Online CERT Classes: There are some great online CERT classes available for those wanting to learn more on their own schedule. See this link for more details: http://martinezcert.org/ResourceTypes.htm 


Please mark your calendars for 6:30 PM on Dec 13, 2017. That’s the date for the BAY Area Joint CERTS'  annual potluck and holiday social. This is a great opportunity to enjoy good food, get acquainted with other CERT members you haven't had a chance to get acquainted with, exchange ideas and generally relax and have a good time. All Bay Area CERT members or people interested in CERT are welcome.  Please RSVP to soggejackson@gmail.com  if you can make it.


The holiday potluck will be held at the Richmond Senior Center2525 Macdonald Ave, the same place where we hold the Second Wednesday training sessions. We will end the party at 8:30pm. Even if you aren't able to attend the Second Wednesdays training meetings, please plan to attend the holiday potluck. We'd like to get to know you better and you will definitely have a good time.



Yourself, your significant other, and maybe a friend who might want to know more about CERT

Your favorite hot or cold dish. You also need to bring a serving utensil for your dish, and please place your name on the dish.

Although tableware will be supplied, please consider bringing your own tableware and plate, glass, and maybe bowl to reduce the waste after the event.

Coffee, water and juice will be provided, but if you have a favorite soft drink or juice, bring it along.


WHAT NOT TO BRING:  Alcoholic beverages. Sorry, the building is city-owned and alcohol is a no-no.


THERE WILL BE TWO https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifRAFFLES:

There will be approximately 6 holiday table decorations that will be raffled.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle…half of the proceeds will go to the CERT Planning Committee for future expense, the other half some lucky attendant will get for the holidays. Last year the total amount raffled was $130.


DATE AND TIME AND PLACE: December 13, 2017 (2nd Wednesday in December)-6:30 to 8:30 PM-Richmond Senior Center