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. Currently they are held by Zoom and there is a limit of 100 attendees. Each year we review the Perishable Skills that are needed in times of emergency but are easily forgotten.

YouTube recording are normally available by Wednesday following the meeting. Check the “Media” column, below, for a link.

Meetings will be a different topic each month and will have guest speakers and hands-on exercises most times.

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 14, 2022 7:30 p.m.: ❤ Happy Valentine’s Day. The evening will be about hearts ! CPR and other heart related issues – This meeting will be held in person at the Lafayette Community Center – Jennifer Russell Building at 7:30 p.m. and will include hands-on training. Bring your valentine.
March 14, 2022: Dealing with Children During Disasters – Panel Discussion
April 11, 2022: Psychological First Aid, Elizabeth McMahon, PhD
May 9, 2022: Autism: First Responders Dealing with People with Special Abilities, Danielle Bell, SRVFD
June 13, 2022: Wildfires, Dennis Rein, MOFD
July 11, 2022: Disaster Food Tasting – taste samples of various brands of long shelf life foods before you stock up
August 8, 2022: Still in planning!
September 12, 2022 : Traffic Control
October 10, 2022: Earthquake Safety
November 14, 2022: Still in planning!
December 2022: Happy Holidays, no December meeting!

Past Monthly Meetings

Month Topic Presenter Media
January 2022 GMRS Radio Use with LARIG Yellow Code Plug Julie Sparks
November 2021 Managing Wildfires – Incident Management Teams Dennis Rein and Jacob Airola
October 2021 Earthquake Preparedness & Great Shakeout Exercise Bruce Macler
September 2021 Hyperthermia and Hypothermia Wesley Ayers
August 2021 Firewise Neighborhoods Orinda Firewise Council
July 2021 Beta Version of Utilities, Hazardous Materials and Fire Safety Captain Jacob Airola, MOFD
June 2021 Upcoming Fire Season and Fire Code Updates Fire Chief Winnacker, MOFD
May 2021 Beta Version of Disaster Medical Operations Parts 1 & 2 modules Duncan Seibert
April 2021 Beta Version of CERT Preparedness module Duncan Seibert
March 2021 Volunteering with Lamorinda CERT Julie Sparks and Bruce Macler
February 2021 Beta Version of CERT Emergency Communications Duncan Seibert and Dr. Don Prosnitz
January 2021 Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Evacuation Zones, MOFD Fire Code changes, community program updates Chief, Fire Marshal and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator panel
November 2020 Red Cross Diana Graham
October 2020 Fire Prevention, Fuels Management and Firewise Communities Chiefs and Fire Marshal panel
September 2020 Lamorinda Village Andy Amstutz
August 2020 Recognizing / Responding to Autism: A Guide for First Responders Danielle Bell
June 2020 Wildfire Preparedness – Use Password: 3K=I7&7c
Fuel Mitigation information:
Chief Dave Winnacker, MOFD
May 2020 Points of Distribution Duncan Seibert
January 2020 Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Triage for All Ages Duncan Seibert
November 2019 CANCELLED
October 2019 Radio Communications – getting ready for Light Up the San Francisco Bay areawide CERT radio exercise CERT & LARIG
September 2019 Traffic & Crowd Control Chief Ben Alldritt, LPD
August 2019 Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Fire Safety and SAR CERT Instructor Panel
July 2019 Disaster Food and Water Bruce Macler & Julie Luckenbach
June 2019 Reunification of Children Michelle Heckle, CHEM
May 2019 Stop the Bleed
April 2019 Meet the Chiefs Chiefs: Dave Winnacker, MOFD; Ben Alldritt, LPD; Mark Nagle, OPD; Jon King, MPD
March 2019 Neighborhood Preparedness & Organization Diana Wilde
February 2019 Wildfire Evacuation Chief Dave Winnacker, MOFD
January 2019 Search & Rescue Exercise Wes Riggins
November 2018 Drones and Emerging Technologies in Disasters Rick Palmer
October 2018 2018 Great ShakeOut Communications Dennis Rein, Eric & Cathy Dausman
September 2018 Bring Your Stuff Workshop Lamorinda CERT Instructors
August 2018 Large Animal Rescue Jim Breuner, Elaine Baker
July 2018 Triage – Review Lamorinda CERT Instructors
June 2018 Water Safety EBRPD Lifeguard
May 2018 Meet Your Police Chiefs Chief Ben Alldritt, Lafayette; Chief Jon King, Moraga; Chief Mark Nagel, Orinda
April 2018 Fire Safety, North Bay Fires recap and Situational Awareness – being ready for Evacuation Fire Marshal Kathy Leonard and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dennis Rein
March 2018 Stop the Bleed

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

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

February 2018 Search and Rescue Experiences Dr. Ben Ho, BC Robert Lipp, Wes Riggins
January 2018 Re-unification of school children and re-population following a large-scale evacuation Chief Eric Christensen
November 2017 Coping in Today’s World: Children in Disasters Briana Taylor
October 2017 Moulage Catrina Christian & Julie Luckenbach
September 2017 Start and JumpStart Triage Duncan Seibert
August 2017 Disaster Food and Water Bruce Macler & Julie Luckenbach
July 2017 Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Damage Assessment & Unaccompanied Minor Policy Duncan Seibert
June 2017 Deployment – what to expect Jim Breuner, Lisa Vajgrt-Smith, Briana Taylor
May 2017 Organizing Your Neighborhood – tools and tips Patti Young & Beccie Kunzman
April 2017 Evacuation plans for Lamorinda and CERT’s role Dennis Rein & Duncan Seibert
March 2017 Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Fire Safety Update Dennis Rein
February 2017 Rescue Ropes, Anchors and Knots Duncan Seibert
January 2017 Emerging Technologies in Disasters Rick Palmer
November 2016 Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Medical
October 2016 Fighting Wildfires – from Two Perspectives Gordon Nathan: Logistics
Dennis Rein: Incident Management Team
September 2016 Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Communications Eric Dausman, Fred Lothrop
August 2016 Issues in Local Policing Chief Eric Christensen, Lafayette Police Dept.
July 2016 Asthma and Anaphylaxis in Children Mary Frazier
June 2016 Patient Packaging and Transport Lisa Vajgrt-Smith
May 2016 Heat Emergencies Duncan Seibert
April 2016 Fire presentation Kathy Leonard, Fire Marshal MOFD
March 2016 Pet Preparedness Duncan Seibert
February 2016 Disaster Damage Assessment Wes Ayers, Wes Riggins, Duncan Seibert
January 2016 What’s in Your Go-Bags Wes Ayers
November 2015 Perishable Skill Refresher Series – Medical
Triage, Head-to-Toe Assessment
Duncan Seibert, Beccie Kunzman and Patti Young
October 2015 Disaster Food and Water Bruce Macler and CERT Instructors
September 2015 Traffic Control Sgt. Brian South, Moraga Police Department
August 2015 Volunteer Reception Center Duncan Seibert
July 2015 Fire Program and Firesphere FM Kathy Leonard and Scott Farley
June 2015 Earthquakes: Loma Prieta, Napa and the East Bay faults Dr. David Schwartz
May 2015 Volunteer Intake Center Briana Taylor and Duncan Seibert
April 2015 Autism: First Responders Dealing with People with Special Abilities
Video courtesy of Walnut Creek CERT
Danielle Bell
March 2015 Cal-ESAR Search & Rescue Wes Riggins
February 2015 Understanding Fire, EMS and Police Dispatch and Staffing Margee Freudenthal and Mark Nagel
January 2015 Hazardous Materials:
First Responder Awareness
Maria Duazo
November 2014 Evacuation and Reporting to the EOC Dennis Rein and Keith Riley

October 2014 Head to Toe Assessment Duncan Seibert
September 2014 Triage for All Ages Duncan Seibert
August 2014 Personal and Neighborhood Caches Gordon Nathan
June & July 2014 Red Cross Shelter Briana Taylor
May 2014 CWS and Nixle Vince Martinez and Robert Priebe
April 2014 Disaster Food and Water Bruce Macler and CERT Instructors
March 2014 Rescue Ropes, Anchors and Knots Bill Lew and Duncan Seibert

February 2014 Disaster Damage Assessment Duncan Seibert
January 2014 Gas and Electric Safety – low quality video – 102 minutes Les Putnam and Jim Breuner, PG&E
December 2013 Dealing With Children in Disasters – low quality video – 1.5 hours Panel – L. Berkes, PhD. Moderator
November 2013 Home Fire Safety Fire Marshal K. Leonard, MOFD
October 2013 Building Searches and Safety Division Chief D. Lee, MOFD
September 2013 Patient Transport & Packaging – Use of Backboards and C-Collars Duncan Seibert
August 2013 Triage For All Ages, START & JumpSTART Duncan Seibert
July 2013 Basic Water Safety and Rescue Techniques D. McCormick, Aquatic Manager, EBRPD
June 2013 Fire Hazards – Making Our Homes Safe Chief R. Bradley, MOFD
May 2013 Light Search and Rescue Wesley Ayres
April 2013 Communications With & Without Radios Panel – Fred Lothrop Moderator
March 2013 Spontaneous Incident Command Chief E. Christensen, Lafayette PD
February 2013 Organizing Your Neighborhood and Hands-Only CPR Beccie Kunzman – MRC
January 2013 Medical Treatment, Head-To-Toe-Assessment CoCo Medical Reserve Corps