Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

CERV of the Monterey Peninsula

Mission

Promote and sustain preparedness, readiness and response to emergencies and critical events by: 1. Supporting local CERT programs in maintaining a full readiness status, their personnel, needed equipment, and supplies to function when activated; 2. Working to build public awareness of the importance of planning/preparing for emergencies; 3. Promoting individual and community capacity to respond to local disasters and emergencies; 4. Utilizing volunteers to keep the focus of funding on projects versus paid staff and infrastructure.

The Big Idea

People with disabilities are exceptionally vulnerable during and after disasters. Monterey County CERT programs currently include few people with disabilities and thus lack their expertise as volunteer first responders, which can be invaluable in emergencies and disasters. Monterey County's Access and Functional Needs Working Group (members from CERV, Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, the Central Coast American Red Cross, the Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL), United Way, and the Community Foundation) have identified the lack of planning for these groups as an unmet need. The need for active participation by people with disabilities is essential to disaster readiness, response, relief and recovery. Our Big Idea is to recruit and support youth and adults with disabilities/health challenges to participate in CERT training across Monterey County CERT programs.

"The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services would like to thank Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of Monterey for their partnership in managing the Recovers.org response to the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County.... Our thanks to the many volunteers who are assisting with this effort, and to all those who are offering resources to help their neighbors affected by the fire."

- Dick Bower