Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Link Notes
Head to Toe AssessmentVideo produced by Santa Clara County Fire (Cpt. Gluhan) demonstrating the head-to-toe assessment
CERT ManualFEMA CERT Manual in PDF format
PowerPoint SlidesFEMA CERT PowerPoint slides in PPT and PDF format
General FEMA CERT LinkA few CERT in action videos, CERT history, plus other information
USAR Structures Specialist - Field Operations GuideThis Field Operations Guide (FOG) was developed by the FEMA US&R Structures Sub-group in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as a reference tool for US&R Rescue Team Personnel
National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Response System - Rescue Field Operations GuideThis Rescue Field Operations Guide has been prepared to guide Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Rescue personnel during Federal disaster response operations.
AlertSCC AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations, which may include:
  • Flooding, wildfires and subsequent evacuations
  • Public safety incidents, including crimes, that immediately affect your neighborhood
  • Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies

Link Notes
ReadySCC Be prepared for disaster. The ReadySCC - Santa Clara County app will help you prepare and plan for how to respond to a disaster in your area.

Using the ReadySCC - Santa Clara County app, you will be able to:

  • Share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button.
  • Receive critical emergency alerts via push notification.
  • Locate Santa Clara County’s emergency shelters.
  • View up-to-date evacuation route maps.
  • Get the latest news and weather for the Santa Clara County area.
  • Create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questionsSanta Clara County Preparedness App with ability to build a family plan and notify contacts of your status.
Wiser Wireless Information Systems for Emergency Responders
  • Search known substances
  • Substance Types
  • DOT Hazard Classifications
  • CDC Bioterrorism Agents
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Misc (Meth Lab, Chemical Weapons Precursors)
ERG 2016 Wireless Information Systems for Emergency Responders
  • Search known substances
  • Substance Types
  • DOT Hazard Classifications
  • CDC Bioterrorism Agents
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Misc (Meth Lab, Chemical Weapons Precursors)
PulsePoint Wireless Information Systems for Emergency Responders
  • Search known substances
  • Substance Types
  • DOT Hazard Classifications
  • CDC Bioterrorism Agents
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Misc (Meth Lab, Chemical Weapons Precursors)
QuakeFeed Wireless Information Systems for Emergency Responders
  • Search known substances
  • Substance Types
  • DOT Hazard Classifications
  • CDC Bioterrorism Agents
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Misc (Meth Lab, Chemical Weapons Precursors)
NOAA Weather NOAA Weather Radar Live is a powerful yet easy-to-use weather tracker right on your device. Make the most of the real-time animated radar images on a highly responsive interactive map. Severe weather alerts and accurate weather info for your exact location won't let bad weather take you by surprise!

Core Functionality:
  • Radar and Satellite overlays show real-time rain, snow, mixed precipitation, and cloud cover in high resolution and vivid colors.
  • Rain map provides rain forecast for the range of next 24 hours right on the terrain map.
  • Push notifications - get warned whenever there’s a weather alert for your current location (tornadoes, flood warnings, snow storms, and more).
  • Weather alerts for any location. Access detailed alert information at one tap on the ticker bar.
  • All National Weather Service watches, warnings, and other alerts are shown on the map as interactive polygons covering the territories they're active for. Tap one to get the full alert text.
  • Snow depth map. Get local and global view of current snow layer.
  • Detailed Weather info for locations includes current conditions, 24-hour and 7-day forecasts.
Wildfire Info Browse current wildfire and prescribed burn activity throughout most of the world, including the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and more.

Thermal hotspot maps by region show wildfire activity in the past 48 hours from the NASA MODIS and VIIRS satellite instruments. Tap a pin to show detailed hotspot info including fire radiance power and brightness temperature. All data is timestamped in UTC. Different days in the 48-hour window are broken up with red and green pins for easy viewing.

Disaster Alert Disaster Alert (by Pacific Disaster Center) is a free download providing mobile access to multi-hazard monitoring of and early warning for "Active Hazards" around the globe. Additional information and reports about hazards can be viewed and shared.

"Active Hazards" are compiled from verified and authoritative sources, and are part of a collection of recent incidents that have been designated as "potentially hazardous to people, property, or assets" by Pacific Disaster Center via the DisasterAWARE™ application.

Hazards include:

  • Global events: Hurricane/Tropical Cyclone, Drought, Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcano.
  • Major events: Floods, Marine, Storms, Manmade, Wildfires.
  • Hawaii Only: National Weather Service High Surf, High Wind, Flood.
FEMA The FEMA App is the best option to receive emergency alerts and information so that you and your loved ones know what to do before, during and after disasters. This simple and easy-to-use app provides safety notifications, emergency preparedness tips, and disaster resources.


  • Receive real-time and reliable alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service
  • Monitor severe weather for up to five locations nationwide
  • Toggle between English and Spanish


  • Locate open emergency shelters in your area
  • Check emergency safety tips for over 20 types of disasters, including fires, hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, volcanoes, and more
  • Prepare for disasters with an emergency kit checklist, emergency family plan, and reminders


  • Find Disaster Recovery Centers nearby where you can talk to a FEMA representative in person
  • Upload and share disaster photos with the Disaster Reporter
  • Connect with FEMA to apply for disaster assistance online
First Aid Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.

Ahora disponible en español.


  • Easy to use Spanish language toggle to switch translation directly inside the app.
  • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.
  • Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
  • Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
  • Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.
  • Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
  • Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge. The Red Cross has provided yet another tool that’s filled with advice, instructions and videos covering everything from everyday emergencies to major injuries, it’s a complete first aid resource on your iDevice. Free.
Floodwatch by USGS FloodWatch allows users to monitor rivers and streams throughout the United States. Add USGS gages to your favorites for quick monitoring of current gauge height, precipitation, and flood stage.

By leveraging data from the US Geological Survey and National Weather Service, FloodWatch presents the most recent and historical river heights, precipitation totals, discharge, and flood stage data. Graphs are available to help you visualize the rise and fall of the river, precipitation, and streamflow. Note that only US Geological Survey gauges with real-time data capabilities are surfaced within the application; not all United States gauges are available.

FloodWatch is also geared towards those with interests in or near flood plains. If your home or other interests have been flooded in the past or could be flooded in the future, FloodWatch allows you to easily keep an eye on any potential flooding issues.

Santa Clara County Op Area Plans
  • SCC County EOP and Hazard Specific Annexes

  • IS-240 - Leadership and Influence
  • IS-0240.b - Leadership and Influence (whole course)
  • Three Leadership Paradigms
  • Rule 1: Assume That Mutual Respect Exists
  • Rule 2: Trust the Other Person, and Be Someone Whom He or She Can Trust
  • Rule 3: Be Open, and Share Information
  • Rule 4: Look for Mutual Benefits

  • IS-241b - Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • How We Make Decisions
  • Group Decision Making
  • Crisis Decision Making
  • Ethical Decision Making