Welcome to West County CERT a community oriented disaster preparedness program for residents of Westminster, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Cypress, and Buena Park.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Disasters may strike quickly and frequently without any advance warning. Immediately after a disaster or wide-spread emergency, electricity, gas, water and telephones may not be working. Public safety services, such as fire, police and health services may be extremely limited or unavailable. There is a very high likelihood that you will have to rely on your own training and resources for the first 72 hours after a major disaster or catastrophic event. This means "getting ready" in advance and "staying ready" over the long-term.
The City of Westminster has a comprehensive Emergency Management Program which includes all elements necessary to respond quickly and effectively to major emergencies. These elements include an Emergency Operations Plan, Emergency Operations Center, Public Safety Officers, Public Education Programs and trained volunteers.
Volunteers are a vital part of the City’s disaster preparedness program. They include our Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) program. For information on upcoming disaster preparedness training, and to find out how you can be involved, visit our CERT and RACES sites.
Other useful information in disaster preparedness, family disaster planning, and current events can be found at the sites listed in the disaster preparedness links at http://www.ready.gov