Are There Any Local Citizen Emergency Response Groups?
In addition to the impressive emergency resources provided by the county, the city is very fortunate to have several volunteer civilian response teams that assist our first responders and our community during an emergency or disaster.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team or "CERT" is a group of volunteer Peninsula residents trained to assist their families, neighbors, and community in the event of any disaster. CERT is used to supplement the efforts of law enforcement, fire and other emergency response teams during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, severe weather, and terrorist attacks.
The members are trained in the areas of fire suppression, search and rescue, first aid and CPR, utility control, disaster medicine, and hazardous materials. Acting as individuals first, then later as members of teams, trained CERT volunteers can fan out within their particular area, extinguishing small fires, turning off natural gas and water inlets to damaged homes, performing light search and rescue, and rendering basic first aid. Trained volunteers also offer an important potential workforce to service organizations in non-hazardous functions such as shelter support, crowd control, and evacuation.
Disaster Communications Service (DCS)
The Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service or DCS is a volunteer organization that uses amateur ham radio to provide backup communications in case of telephone failure to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The DCS at the Lomita Sheriff's Station is very active with 114 members, all of whom are registered with the County as official communications specialists. In addition to maintaining permanent radio facilities at the Lomita Station, the DCS has a backup radio station located at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall. The DCS members use this equipment to provide backup communications to all areas of Rancho Palos Verdes, the Lomita Sheriff's station and the Palos Verdes Unified School District school sites.
Equestrian Response Team (ERT) The newest volunteer emergency response team on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is a certified unit of the Los Angeles County Equine Response Team or ERT. This group is trained to conduct emergency rescue and evacuation for the many horses that are kept on the Peninsula.
Join an Emergency Response Group
If you are interested in joining any of these organizations, contact Sergeant Doug Shive, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Lomita Sheriff's Station by calling 310-539-1661 or by emailing Doug Shive.