Emergencies will happen.
Are you prepared?
In a crisis, emergency response personnel are the best equipped to provide help. But in a catastrophic disaster, government responders are frequently overwhelmed and response times can be severely delayed by days or sometimes weeks.
As part of the greater Richmond REACT and Office of Emergency Services, Point Richmond Community Emergency Response Team aims to help community residents educate and prepare for civil and natural emergencies, giving them the basic training and tools necessary to save lives and support to the Point Richmond community before first-responders arrive.
What We Do
Each month, we offer presentations from disaster and safety experts on topics affecting Point Richmond neighbors. Each topic gives neighbors a chance to learn and ask questions about preparing for disasters. No membership is required to attend and information provided helps your family and CERT responders to reduce the need for crisis intervention.
community event assistance
CERT volunteers are occasionally requested by the City of Richmond to man booths and help with safety stewards at city-sponsored community events like the Rosie Rally, Home Front Festival, or Juneteenth celebrations. Point Richmond CERT endeavors to aid City of Richmond as volunteers and to be available when our services are needed.
CERT responder training
We provide information about training opportunities for Point Richmond residents to become official CERT responders. These 20-hour classes cover topics like search & rescue, disaster medical care, fire suppression, and disaster psychology. Once fully trained, CERT responders can be deployed by City of Richmond in disasters.
CERT's communications team covers all of Richmond and specializes in the use of HAM and FRS radio so that, in an emergency, we may communicate between team members and with CERT teams in neighboring cities. In addition, Richmond CERT's communication team trains new members in HAM operations and protocol.
Twice a year, REACT/CERT graduates participate in disaster drills to hone skills learned in the classroom. Neighborhood CERT teams also periodically hold local drills to keep skills sharp and ready for deployment. Point Richmond CERT graduates are encouraged to aid in drills; as mock victims or as participants to keep skills sharp.
connectivity with neighbor cities
CERT teams from throughout Richmond, including Point Richmond, work closely with CERT teams of neighboring cities, including Albany, El Cerrito, Pinole, and Berkeley. In addition to hosting the semi-annual multi-city CERT drill for new graduates, Richmond CERT also shares information and coordinates its CERT trainings with neighboring cities.
Join our list of Point Richmond neighbors who want to be ready for the next disaster. Whether you'd like to help as a part of a community team or learn to prepare your own household for emergencies, we're here to help.