- DSW Card Issuance
- Approximately 3 to 4 weeks after you complete the CERT Academy, your paperwork should have been received by the city of Saratoga. After that, you can request your DSW card.
- DSW cards can be acquired or renewed from 2:00 to 4:00 on Friday afternoons, on those Fridays that City Hall is open. City Hall is open every other Friday and the 2019 schedule can be found online at:
- Please call in advance to ensure that they can accommodate you. Call Lori McKenna at 408-868-1240. When you go to City Hall, see Lori McKenna in the Community Development Department and she’ll take care of you.
- A DSW card issued by the City of Saratoga is good for 2 years. When your card comes close to expiration, please follow the instructions above to call and request a time to come by and get your card renewed.
- Generator Maintenance
- Communications Plan
- Manuals for Saratoga CERT-issued FRS Radios
- ICS-214 Unit log
- ICS-221 Demobiilization Checkout
- Damage Assessment Form
- Search and Rescue Checklist
- Victim Treatment Area Record
- First Responder tips about people with disabilities (5th edition)
- Contents of your CERT Backpack
- Saratoga CERT Flyers
- Key Points Head-to-Toe Asessment
- Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Calendar
- Palo Alto CERT Field Operation Guides (FOGs)
Local Ham Radio Organizations
- SARA – Saratoga Amateur Radio Association
- Script for SARA 2m ham net control (Sunday nights at 9pm)
- SVVE – Silicon Valley VE Group
- Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System
- Santa Clara County OES ARES/RACES
- Los Gatos/Monte Sereno ARES/RACES Emergency Service – Ham Cram Courses
FEMA Course Material
- IS-100.C: Introduction to Incident Command System – ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
- IS-700.B: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction –This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The National Incident Management System defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.
- CERT Training Videos
Santa Clara County Fire Department – Be Prepared
- Be Ready: Seniors Prepared!
Learn about the disaster risks where you live, safety steps to take during a disaster, and how you can plan for disasters ahead of time. The creation of a Personal Support Network of family, friends, and neighbors will be emphasized.
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
In the event of an area wide disaster, critical infrastructure and emergency services will be impacted. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy trains residents to prepare for and respond to life-threatening events in their community. CERT members can mobilize neighborhood resources, deliver immediate assistance to victims, organize emergency communications and provide support to first responders.
- Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP)
Learn how to prepare to be on your own for several days after the next large disaster. Training includes review of disaster supply kit, home and workplace preparedness, treating life threatening conditions, fire prevention, fire extinguishers and hazardous materials.
- School Emergency Planning & Safety
Disasters come in many forms and can occur anywhere at any time. Disasters can be natural causes such as earthquakes, fires, floods, and severe storms to human-made causes such as an active shooter and chemical spills. Knowing how to react and respond in a time of crisis is critical. School emergency preparedness efforts and emergency plans can help keep students and staff safe.