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Government Agencies

  • FEMA
    The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
  • Citizens Corps
    Five primary volunteer organizations fall under the banner for Citizen Crops:
    • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
    • Fire Corps
    • USAonWatch (Neighborhood Watch)
    • Medical Reserve Corps (MRS)
    • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
    The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
  • CERT (at the national level)
    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
  • The Governor's Office of Emergency Services (California)
    OES coordinates the activities of all state agencies relating to preparation and implementation of the State Emergency Plan. OES also coordinates the response efforts of state and local agencies to ensure maximum effect with minimum overlap and confusion. Additionally, OES coordinates the integration of federal resources into state and local response and recovery operations.
  • Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services
    The mission of the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services to prepare Santa Clara County to respond efficiently and effectively to emergencies which threaten life, property, or the environment.
  • City of Morgan Hill Office of Emergency Services
  • USGS (U.S. Geological Survey)
    An Unbiased multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water. View recent earthquake activity in California & Nevada or their page on Earthquake Hazards Program in Northern California

Training Resources & Tutorials

The following are online resources that will better prepare you for an emergency or becoming a CERT Team member. They are not replacements for the formal classroom training and exercises/drills.

  • Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams
    This course serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those successfully finishing it will receive a certification of completion and .8 CEU's from the Independent Study Office. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by Morgan Hill CERT.
  • Search and Rescue Tutorial
    This is a background of sizeup and search and rescue techniques. (This is a course that CERT Team Members us to review and refresh their skills

Web Sites That Sell Earthquake Supplies and Kits

Here are some sample web sites that sell earthquake supply kits. These kits contain basic supplies which may need to be supplemented by whatever you feel you will need if you can't get home for 1-3 days. Do a web search on “Earthquake Kits” for additional suppliers.