Monthly Meetings

Lamorinda CERT holds Monthly Meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month. These meetings start promptly at 7 p.m. and run until about 9:30 p.m. They are held in Room 6 of the Orinda Community Center. Each year we review the Perishable Skills that are needed in times of emergency but are easily forgotten.

Meetings will be a different topic each month and will have guest speakers and hands-on exercises most times. Beverages and cookies will follow the meetings.

Sign up for the meetings by sending an email to the registrar with your name and phone number.

Future Meeting Topics (subject to change):

February 10: Home Preparedness Tips and Techniques – Fire extinguishers, checklists, evacuation tips, Go-Bags
March 9: Organizing Your Neighborhood – Ready Lamorinda
April 13: Search and Rescue and Victim Transport – Outdoor search exercise
May 11: Light Up Lamorinda – radio training and practice
June 8: Wildfire Preparedness – MOFD 
July 13: Utility Safety, Electric, Gas and Water 
August 10: Disaster Dining
September 14: Perishable Skills Refresher Series: Head to Toe Assessment and Bandaging
October 12: Moulage
November 9: 
Dealing with Autism During a Disaster – Danielle Bell
December 2020: Happy Holidays, no December meeting!

Past Monthly Meetings

MonthTopicPresenterMedia
January 2013Medical Treatment, Head-To-Toe-AssessmentCoCo Medical Reserve Corps
February 2013Organizing Your Neighborhood and Hands-Only CPRBeccie Kunzman – MRC
March 2013Spontaneous Incident CommandChief E. Christensen, Lafayette PD
April 2013Communications With & Without RadiosPanel – Fred Lothrop Moderator
May 2013Light Search and RescueWesley Ayres
June 2013Fire Hazards – Making Our Homes SafeChief R. Bradley, MOFD
July 2013Basic Water Safety and Rescue TechniquesD. McCormick, Aquatic Manager, EBRPD
August 2013Triage For All Ages, START & JumpSTARTDuncan Seibert
September 2013Patient Transport & Packaging – Use of Backboards and C-CollarsDuncan Seibert
October 2013Building Searches and SafetyDivision Chief D. Lee, MOFD
November 2013Home Fire SafetyFire Marshal K. Leonard, MOFD
December 2013Dealing With Children in Disasters – low quality video – 1.5 hoursPanel – L. Berkes, PhD. Moderator
January 2014Gas and Electric Safety – low quality video – 102 minutesLes Putnam and Jim Breuner, PG&E
February 2014Disaster Damage AssessmentDuncan Seibert
March 2014Rescue Ropes, Anchors and KnotsBill Lew and Duncan Seibert

April 2014Disaster Food and WaterBruce Macler and CERT Instructors
May 2014CWS and NixleVince Martinez and Robert Priebe
June & July 2014Red Cross ShelterBriana Taylor
August 2014Personal and Neighborhood CachesGordon Nathan
September 2014Triage for All AgesDuncan Seibert
October 2014Head to Toe AssessmentDuncan Seibert
November 2014Evacuation and Reporting to the EOCDennis Rein and Keith Riley

January 2015Hazardous Materials:
First Responder Awareness
Maria Duazo
February 2015Understanding Fire, EMS and Police Dispatch and StaffingMargee Freudenthal and Mark Nagel
March 2015Cal-ESAR Search & RescueWes Riggins
April 2015Autism: First Responders Dealing with People with Special Abilities
Video courtesy of Walnut Creek CERT
Danielle Bell
May 2015Volunteer Intake CenterBriana Taylor and Duncan Seibert
June 2015Earthquakes: Loma Prieta, Napa and the East Bay faultsDr. David Schwartz
July 2015Fire Program and FiresphereFM Kathy Leonard and Scott Farley
August 2015Volunteer Reception CenterDuncan Seibert
September 2015Triffic ControlSgt. Brian South, Moraga Police Department
October 2015Disaster Food and WaterBruce Macler and CERT Instructors
November 2015Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Medical
Triage, Head-to-Toe Assessment
Duncan Seibert, Beccie Kunzman and Patti Young
January 2016What’s in Your Go-BagsWes Ayers
February 2016Disaster Damage AssessmentWes Ayers, Wes Riggins, Duncan Seibert
March 2016Pet PreparednessDuncan Seibert
April 2016Fire presentationKathy Leonard, Fire Marshal MOFD
May 2016Heat EmergenciesDuncan Seibert
June 2016Patient Packaging and TransportLisa Vajgrt-Smith
July 2016Asthma and Anaphylaxis in ChildrenMary Frazier
August 2016Issues in Local PolicingChief Eric Christensen, Lafayette Police Dept.
September 2016Perishable Skill Refresher Series – CommunicationsEric Dausman, Fred Lothrop
October 2016Fighting Wildfires – from Two PerspectivesGordon Nathan: Logistics
Dennis Rein: Incident Management Team
November 2016Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Medical
January 2017Emerging Technologies in DisastersRick Palmer
February 2017Rescue Ropes, Anchors and KnotsDuncan Seibert
March 2017Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Fire Safety UpdateDennis Rein
April 2017Evacuation plans for Lamorinda and CERT’s roleDennis Rein & Duncan Seibert
May 2017Organizing Your Neighborhood – tools and tipsPatti Young & Beccie Kunzman
June 2017Deployment – what to expectJim Breuner, Lisa Vajgrt-Smith, Briana Taylor
July 2017Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Damage Assessment & Unaccompanied Minor PolicyDuncan Seibert
August 2017Disaster Food and WaterBruce Macler & Julie Luckenbach
September 2017Start and JumpStart TriageDuncan Seibert
October 2017MoulageCatrina Christian & Julie Luckenbach
November 2017Coping in Today’s World: Children in DisastersBriana Taylor
January 2018Re-unification of school children and re-population following a large-scale evacuationChief Eric Christensen
February 2018Search and Rescue ExperiencesDr. Ben Ho, BC Robert Lipp, Wes Riggins
March 2018Stop the Bleed

1st presentation – Lisa Vaigrt-Smith, RN, BSN, MPH, CHP, CoCoCo MRC

2nd presentation – Evan Edminster, BSN, RN, Kaiser Vacaville

April 2018Fire Safety, North Bay Fires recap and Situational Awareness – being ready for EvacuationFire Marshal Kathy Leonard and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dennis Rein
May 2018Meet Your Police ChiefsChief Ben Alldritt, Lafayette; Chief Jon King, Moraga; Chief Mark Nagel, Orinda
June 2018Water SafetyEBRPD Lifeguard
July 2018Triage – ReviewLamorinda CERT Instructors
August 2018Large Animal RescueJim Breuner, Elaine Baker
September 2018Bring Your Stuff WorkshopLamorinda CERT Instructors
October 20182018 Great ShakeOut CommunicationsDennis Rein, Eric & Cathy Dausman
November 2018Drones and Emerging Technologies in DisastersRick Palmer
January 2019Search & Rescue ExerciseWes Riggins
February 2019Wildfire EvacuationChief Dave Winnacker, MOFD
March 2019Neighborhood Preparedness & OrganizationDiana Wilde
April 2019Meet the ChiefsChiefs: Dave Winnacker, MOFD; Ben Alldritt, LPD; Mark Nagle, OPD; Jon King, MPD
May 2019Stop the Bleed
June 2019Reunification of ChildrenMichelle Heckle, CHEM
July 2019Disaster Food and WaterBruce Macler & Julie Luckenbach
August 2019Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Fire Safety and SARCERT Instructor Panel
September 2019Traffic & Crowd ControlChief Ben Alldritt, LPD
October 2019Radio Communications – getting ready for Light Up the San Francisco Bay areawide CERT radio exerciseCERT & LARIG
November 2019Cancelled
January 2020Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Triage for All AgesDuncan Seibert