Help Us Prepare For El Nino

On October 6, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Sean Brownlee

An Los Angeles Fire Department battalion chief responding to a report of a mudslide at Blanchard Canyon Rd. in the Sunland area of Los Angeles became the recipient of a mudslide himself. The vehicle was freed in about an hour from three feet of mud. Forecasters say the worst rainfall from a Southern California winter storm has passed after causing evacuations in wildfire-scarred foothills and cutting power to more than 20,000 people.  (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

The City of Monterey Public Works department is asking Monterey CERT for assistance with preparing for the predicted “El Nino” event this winter.  Public Works is asking Monterey CERT members to check and report storm drain conditions as they go about their day.

If you see any conditions that you feel warrant the attention of the City please email the following information:

  • Brief (but clear) description of concern
  • Street address
  • Cross street (closest)
  • Additional location info that may help clarify (optional)
  • Photo to show issue of concern (encouraged and keep it limited to 1 or 2)
  • CERT member contact info if needed for clarification (optional)

Please understand that what may be perceived to be a concern and is reported does not guarantee that work will be done. Public Works staff will sort through the submissions and make a determination if mitigation can and should be done and prioritize projects based on that review. Furthermore, please do not send in issues of concern that are on private property as the city does not have the ability to do any work there.


Tassajara Fire Victims Need Your Help

On September 20, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Sean Brownlee


The 1,200-acre Tassajara fire is reportedly only 10 percent contained (Sunday, Sep 20 at 10 a.m.). Authorities have announced a mandatory evacuation for the Parrot Ranch area. Cal Fire says at least 300 homes are in danger and six have been destroyed and one person has already died.

If you have needs, can donate resources (skills, supplies), let us know by signing up on ( site in the area (Monterey, Seaside, Pacific grove, CSUMB, Marina)



September CERT Training Classes

On May 22, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Sean Brownlee

Monterey CERT has confirmed dates for the next CERT training for new students.  This will be our weekend series, taught over two consecutive weekends.

Class dates will be:

Saturday September 19th 0830 to 1630 hrs.

Saturday September 26th 0830 to 1630 hrs.

Sunday September 27th 0830 to 1630 hrs.

Persons wishing to enroll may send an email to: Please include the following information:

Full name
Physical and mailing address
e-mail address most commonly used
Cell and home phone numbers

Registering students will receive an e-mail confirmation.  Persons without e-mail may leave a phone message at:  (831) 646-3416.

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 Retraining 8-16-09, 028.lo


CERT: “On the Air Tonight”

On May 11, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Sean Brownlee
Tonight CERT will go “On the Air” with our Radio Network from the Beautiful Monte Vista Neighborhood Container.  Slowly we are making our way around the Peninsula each month soon to visit even your neighborhood.

Remember if deployed you will radio in to your closest neighborhood container and talk with a team captain.  You wont have to call in to the EOC with a tiny handheld.  We now have base radios in each container.  The base radio will be used to call the EOC with pertinent information.

I hope to see all of you on the radio tonight, Monday at 8pm.  Stop by the Monte Vista School Container before 8 if you would like to marvel at the cleanest most organized disaster container ever.

Soon all of our CERT radios need a minor reprogramming.  Please bring yours to the May CERT Drill on May 16th at the EOC.  You will get them back that same morning.  Any radios not reprogrammed that morning may not work on the cert channels after Saturday.

Wondering what we’re doing.  For the techno inclined please contact me for updated frequency information.

Tim McFaddan

CERT Monterey



On February 8, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Sean Brownlee
Monday Night will be Live from the Del Monte Beach Neighborhood Container with Sean and Tim.
The EOC will be “Off the Air”

Stop by and see us or check in on the air from home or an evening walk on the beach. Sean at Del Monte Beach has his solar powered base radio up and running. Did you ever wonder if you could hear him all the way way from Pacific Grove?

Del Monte Beach is the selected location for a radio relay point if there is a coastal incident.
Foothill has their solar system shinning as well as the Oak Grove Neighborhood container.  Your Captains will be live from these neighborhood containers as well. Not your neighborhood?  Don’t be sad, there is sunshine in your future as well.  The rest should go up soon as our team of Mike, Mike, Ron, John, Sean and Chuck are charged and ready.

Show some pride in you neighborhood and check in. Monday at 8pm on CERT channel #3. We really wont know where you are unless you tell us cuz you are hard to track without ankle bracelets.

Remember that in a real disaster you and your teams will check in to your neighborhood container with your radio reports.
In a real disaster the Neighborhood Captain would be the one to contact the EOC long distance with a base radio on Channel #3 with critical information. You will be dependent on your neighborhood container for information.

After tomorrows drill you can test Foothill, Oak Grove and Delmonte with your handhelds for signal strength.

I hope to see you on the radio tomorrow night after dinner at 8pm.

With good communications we will succeed in our mission to “do the most good for the most people”.
Tim McFaddan
CERT Monterey

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