Coastside CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is an emergency preparedness volunteer organization focused on creating a ready and resilient community along the San Francisco Bay Area coast from the southern side of the Tom Lantos Tunnel (Devil’s Slide) to Tunitas Creek Road.

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"There is likely no better local example of how a little public investment coupled with a spirit of community service can make an incalculable difference in the lives of real people."
Clay Lambert, Editor, Half Moon Bay Review

Op/Ed article on Coastside CERT, 11/11/2020

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Upcoming Coastside CERT Events

Happy New Year!

Coastside CERT 2022 Program Calendar


Stay tuned - we are pleased to present a whole year of CERT training opportunities & events. This is the current plan but life (Omicron) happens and everything is subject to change. We'll keep you updated right here. All classes are offered free of charge.

What's new?

Have it your way! CERT Basic Training will be offered twice this year, Spring and Fall. For both sessions, you may choose online coursework leading to an in-person Training Day & Graduation or in-person training that dovetail into the same Training Day & Graduation.

Advanced CERT Training will be offered for all of you awesome certificated CERTs (currently, there are 319 Coastside CERTs ). It's an a la carte menu of topical classes to be held on five weekend mornings at Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St, Half Moon Bay. Some advanced training topics: First Aid, Stop the Bleed, CPR, Triage, Psychological First Aid, Traffic Management, Neighborhood Command Post Radio Communications. People's Choice! Let us know what advanced topics you would like to see offered. Just email your ideas to coastsidecert@gmail.com.

LISTOS Classes will be taught in Spanish via Zoom. Each 4-hour class focuses on how to how to protect your family in a disaster or emergency. Topics include Identifying Risks & Dangers, Communication Plans, Evacuation Plans, Utility Interruptions, Fire Extinguisher Use, Disaster Kit, Victim Treatment, Home Organization & Emotional Support. Graduate from this 4-hour class and receive a backpack filled with emergency supplies sponsored by a CSFA grant from the City of Half Moon Bay. Class registration and administration provided by ALAS (Ayudando Latinos A Soñar). To register contact Nancy at ALAS nancy@alasdreams.com

Coastside CERT Neighborhood Action - Neighborhood Leads, want your neighborhood events, radio practices, and drills listed on this calendar? Happy to post them! Please send a brief description to coastsidecert@gmail.com

  • February 5 Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM LISTOS Class taught in Spanish. Family preparation for disasters/emergencies. Graduate from this 4-hour class and receive a backpack filled with emergency supplies. Contact Nancy at ALAS nancy@alasdreams.com to register. Location: Zoom

  • February 19 Saturday 9:00 AM Coastside CERT Advanced Training Class #1, Topic: TBD Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB

  • March Spring CERT In-Person Basic Training Schedule - 3 sessions + Training Day & Graduation. Attendance at all 4 sessions is required to graduate. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB

  1. March 9 Wednesday 6:30-9:00 PM In-Person Spring CERT session #1

  2. March 12 Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM session #2,

  3. March 16 Wednesday 6:30-9:00 PM In-Person Spring CERT session #3

  • March 19 Saturday 9:00-4:00 Spring CERT Training Day & Graduation. Parallel In-Person and Online training culminates in a single Training Day & Graduation.

  • April 23 Saturday 9:00 AM Coastside CERT Advanced Training Class #2, Topics TBD, probably medical. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB

  • May 5 Thursday Coastside Gives Coastside CERT is 100% community funded. This is the one time a year we ask for contributions from the community we serve. Donations through Coastside Gives funds our operations, allows us to continue offering free emergency preparedness & response training to the public, and supports grassroots neighborhood safety networks.

  • May 21 Saturday 9:00 AM Coastside CERT Advanced Training Class #3, Topics TBD, maybe medical. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB

  • June 25 Saturday Time TBD CERT Skills Rodeo & Volunteer Appreciation Day More info to follow. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St., HMB

  • July 9 Saturday 9:00 AM Coastside CERT Advanced Training Class #4, Topics TBD, maybe medical. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB

  • July 30 Saturday Time TBD (10:00 AM-2:00 PM?) San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day. Location: San Mateo Events Center. Everyone is invited. Coastside CERT will have a presence and participate in activities with other SMC CERT programs.

  • August - Take the month off! No training or meetings except events organized by neighborhoods.

  • September 17 Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 AM Coastside CERT Advanced Training Class #5 ICS Model Neighborhood Command Post including staffing, effective communications, and essential documentation. Class includes practicing hands-on radio skills. This class is good practice for the Great Coastside ShakeOut earthquake and radio communications drill on October 9!

  • October 8 Saturday 10:00 am Great Coastside ShakeOut.

  • November Fall CERT In-Person Basic Training Schedule - 3 sessions + Training Day & Graduation. Attendance at all 4 sessions is required to graduate. Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St. HMB

    1. November 2 Wednesday 6:30-9:00 pm In-Person Fall CERT class #1

    2. November 6 Sunday 9:00-5:00 In-Person Fall CERT class #2

    3. November 9 Wednesday 6:30-9:00 pm In-Person Fall CERT class # 3

  • November 13 Sunday 9:00-4:00 Fall CERT Training Day & Graduation. Parallel In-Person and Online training culminates in a single Training Day & Graduation.

  • December - Holiday pause - no training or meetings except events organized by neighborhoods.


CONGRATS NEW CERTS!


April Benavidez El Granada

Juliette Bolding West Miramar

CF Booth Ocean Colony

Emily Chase Frenchman's Creek

Matthew Chidester City of HMB management team

Kathleen Conroy Montara

Donna Diamond Montara

Gregg Dieguez Montara

Cynthia Di Pietro Montara

Natalie Downe El Granada

Chad English El Granada

Roger A Estrella Ocean Colony

Karen Flick Frenchman's Creek

David Frauman Montara

Victor Gaitan City of HMB management team

Tony Genelza SMC Consolidated CERT

Dunia Hamou El Granada

Trish Hayward Ocean Colony

Colleen Kelly Moss Beach

Hannah Kopplin Medical Reserve Corp (MRC)

James Kurkowski Highland Park-Pacific Ridge

Linda Richardson Montara

Raul Rodriguez Moss Beach

Veronica Rodriguez Moss Beach

Corie Stocker City of HMB management team

Susan Walczak Highland Park-Pacific Ridge

John Williams Clipper Ridge

Simon Willison El Granada

Harry Ysselstein Highland Park-Pacific Ridge


Big News!

CERT Basic Training will be offered both In-Person and Online in 2022.

A Spring Class will graduate in March and a Fall Class in November.

In 2022, you choose whether to complete CERT Training by coming to in-person classes or completing your classroom training online. Both in-person and online students will come together for a final In-Person Training Day & Graduation.


This section is under construction.

Start now

Proceed at your own pace

Graduate on March 19, 2022

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Coastside and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, earthquake survival skills, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Coastside CERT basic training also offers additional instruction in medical triage, basic radio communication, neighborhood emergency response organization, evacuation information, and tips for surviving a fire in the Tom Lantos tunnels.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during CERT exercises, members can assist their community or workplace following an emergency event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Coastside CERT Hybrid Basic Training is a powerful and informative course in actionable local emergency preparedness knowledge.

The course is FREE. You will receive a CERT manual (online/hardcopy) as you begin the class and CERT backpack kit at the In Person Training Day.

This free training includes an online portion followed-up by an in-person, hands-on, practical training day led by Division Chief David Cosgrave at Coastside Fire Station 40 in Half Moon Bay. Date TBD

ONLINE LECTURE PORTION OF YOUR TRAINING

  • Estimated Time = 12 hours (some have finished in much faster and others have taken longer)

  • Access it on your mobile device or computer.

  • Complete it at your pace and at your convenience.

  • Course progress will be saved and can be resumed later.

  • You will receive the link to the online portion of your training once you register.

  • After completing the Basic Training course there is one more module in Medical Triage to be completed before the In Person Training Day. This triage module has only recently been added to the Hybrid CERT online program but is strongly encouraged for all CERTs in California. There is a one-hour online portion and then the Chief will "localize" the content for the Coastside during the Zoom Q&A he provides for each class.

How to access the Triage online module:

  • 1. Go to https://csti-ca.csod.com

  • 2. Register for an account. (Green icon with light bulb.)

  • 3. Login

  • 4. Click on Browse Training (Binocular icon - Yellow gold icon 2nd from left.)

  • 5. Scroll down to "Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Course - Hybrid Training Triage Module" noted by blue monitor. (Next course listed after Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Course - Hybrid Training)

  • 6. Launch Training (allow pop-ups)

  • 7. Take the training (the small arrows to advance slides are at very bottom right of screen)

  • 8. Please forward the Triage module completion certificate to coastsidecert@gmail.com


  • Chief Cosgrave held a Zoom Q & A and Instruction session on October 19 from 6:30-8:30 PM with all registered students for the Fall CERT 2021 class who had completed or were actively working on the online training modules to provide localized Coastside knowledge to their CERT training and answer any questions you may have. With a genuine passion for teaching, Chief Cosgrave weaves his three decades of Coastside first responder experiences in and out of FEMA's basic training curriculum with threads of practical life-saving skills, relatable stories to boost your Coastside survival IQ, and a wicked sense of humor. He knows where all the bodies are buried, so to speak (says he won't tell ;), and shares his amazing experiences to teach you, your family, and your neighbors how to stay safe.

  • Certificate of online completion in both Basic Training & Medical Triage must be emailed to coastsidecert@gmail.com by to reserve your place in the next in-person Training Day and Graduation. Our next in-person Training Day will be held during the 1st Qtr. of 2022

IN-PERSON, HANDS-ON, PRACTICAL PORTION OF YOUR TRAINING

  • Estimated Time = 7 hrs

  • Date and Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Date TBD

  • Location: Coastside Fire Station 40, 1191 Main St., Half Moon Bay, 94019

  • All COVID-19 precautions will be observed: masks and gloves, social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing.

  • Must attend full day in order to receive final certificate of course completion. You will be a full-fledged CERT graduate by end of this session.

  • Chief Cosgrave has designed the in-person training day based on localized knowledge and the Hybrid CERT curriculum checklist. No slides. The emphasis is on learning by doing: Instructors demonstrate and students practice the skills, progressing from one skill station to another followed by team participation in disaster simulations.

If you have any questions, please contact Coastside CERT Program Coordinator Cynthia Sherrill (coastsidecert@gmail.com)

Thank you! You can do this!

Additional Resources:

Great Coastside ShakeOut

Saturday morning October 9, 2021

On Saturday, October 9th at 10 am Coastside CERT, HMBARC, SC4ARES, DART, South Coast CERT, and Kings Mountain CERT participated in the 2021 Great Coastside ShakeOut. Chief David Cosgrave started with a quick 15 minute Earthquake safety webinar and set the table for neighborhoods and groups to exercise their ability to respond post-earthquake to be the help before help arrives.

Well done to all participants!

Participant Results

Coastside CERT thanks Coastside Gives and our generous donors for their support.


We are grateful and already putting your donations to work.

Won’t you join us?

How are funds being used?

Your donations are vital to our mission as we amplify our outreach
to serve more residents of the larger Coastside community

  • Free disaster preparedness & response training - basic training, ongoing refresher classes, and advanced training in English & Spanish.

  • Communications infrastructure to send timely local safety messages, webinars, videos, tutorials, and Chief David Cosgrave's Newsletters.

  • Critical practice drills & mutual aid activations with other emergency response agencies, as during the CZU fires & burn scar debris flow evacuations, and CERT volunteers who have continuously staffed HMB COVID testing sites since June 2020.

  • Preparedness & response equipment.

  • Growth of neighbor helping neighbor networks in every local neighborhood as they work together to strengthen communication and resilience.

Questions or comments? Contact us at coastsidecert@gmail.com