Palo del Amo Woods
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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

Woods CERT Team Visits County Emergency Operations Centers (EOC)

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' office generously invited The Woods CERT Team to participate in a tour of the County Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) for LA County and the American Red cross on September 6, 2019, as part of Emergency Preparedness Month. Participants in the event from around the county were transported to the sites by bus and spent all day being briefed on the centers.

Participants from the Woods CERT Team were Jim Phillips, Bill VanDatta and Jimmie Mitchell.

The County EOC, located in East Los Angeles, is the central location where all County departments and possibly cities will gather in a room set up to communicate, provide status and develop action plans for all areas of the County in an emergency.

The American Red Cross EOC, similar to the LA County EOC and located in Downtown LA, has the ability to communicate with all locations where teams are deployed and track teams as they are relocated from one emergency site to another.

All participants agreed that the event was highly informative and helped us to understand what coordination is taking place during an emergency.

- Jim Phillips

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CERT Mock Disaster Drill held on May 4, 2019

The Woods Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted a Mock Disaster Drill on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the oil site at the corner of Ashbridge Drive and Pasatiempo Lane. The event was also attended by other interested Woods residents.

We were extremely lucky to have two LA County Firefighter Paramedics attend the mock disaster and provide valuable suggestions and critique during the day.

The team demonstrated our emergency equipment and explained the fundamentals of command post and triage operation. The team then played out a training and demonstration scenario involving an earthquake and Search and Rescue operations.

Future events are planned, and the community will be notified.

The CERT Team thanks the residents that attended the mock disaster and for participating in the scenario as volunteers and for assisting with the breakdown and re-storage of the equipment.

Jim Phillips, 310-650-8187
Woods CERT Committee

Review the Woods CERT PDF Report documenting the Mock Disaster on 05-04-2019.

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Photos Courtesy of Jimmie Mitchell

Woods CERT Committee Volunteers Needed

The Woods CERT Committee is in need of volunteers to get involved in your community CERT Committee or to volunteer to participate in mock disasters. Many members have moved out of the area and participation is running short.

Completion of CERT training is not required, just a desire to support your community. If interested in participating, please contact the CERT Committee.

Palo del Amo Woods Homeowners Association General Meeting
19 November 2019

Palo del Amo Woods Homeowners Association General Meeting
19 March 2019

CERT Resources

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STAY SAFE! Stay In Control!

This emergency preparedness guide is for persons with disabilities, seniors, and others with access and functional needs (AFN)

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Gather Supplies, You're More Prepared Than you Think

This is a simple preparedness document that helps you gather a short list of supplies that you may already have on the 1st page and list your contacts on the 2nd page.

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Los Angeles County's Emergency Notification System

Alert LA County is a mass notification system for Los Angeles County’s residents and businesses.
The system will contact you when an emergency happens. Sign up at

Download Alert LA County App on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

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ShakeAlertLA Earthquake Early Warning

ShakeAlert is an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that detects significant earthquakes so quickly that alerts can reach many people before shaking arrives.

Download ShakeAlertLA App on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

Palo del Amo Woods CERT Documents

First Aid Manuals

Free Upcoming CERT Training Classes

CERT Training Classes offered by L.A. County Fire Department

CERT Training Classes offered by L.A. City Fire Department

Note that CERT Training Classes require attendance at several classes over a period of several weeks. CERT Training Classes are offered at a variety of locations and schedules. Choose a location and schedule that meets your needs.

General Information on CERT Training Classes:

L.A. County CERT Training

L.A. City CERT Training

Government CERT Resources