My wife, Sherril, and I completed the 5 week classroom and hands-on training to become Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members this morning. The classes are free and are offered at the Coronado Police Station EOC facility.  Our instructors were Coronado EMT's and Fire Personnel. If there is an emergency such as the recent power outage, look for us in our green helmets and vests.  We're here to help!

For more information, contact:

Name of Program: City of Coronado CERT
Point of Contact: Mike Blood
Phone Number: 619-522-7374
E-mail address:

Brief Description: There are monthly Continuing Education meetings (third Thursdays) attended by about 30 of the most active volunteers. The group is lead by an Executive Board of volunteers who also meet monthly, operating with Bylaws. They receive direction from the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator who is a Fire Division Chief. There is a strong affiliation with the Coronado Emergency Radio Operators (ham radio) with several volunteers having joint membership.

See you out and about!

Gary and Sherril Altstadt

Photo by Donald Fink

A little bit about CERT:

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, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Click here for the CERT Website

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Tags: CERT, Coronado, Emergency, Fire, Police

Comment by Mayor Casey Tanaka on November 12, 2011 at 5:58pm

Congrats Gary!!

Comment by Jamie Edmonds on November 13, 2011 at 1:34pm

Thanks to you, Sherril and the rest of our fabulous CERT members (and instructors!) for stepping up to be a part of the solution!  Great post!

Comment by Councilwoman Barbara Denny on November 14, 2011 at 10:16am

Congratulations and well done, Gary, Sherril and your entire CERT class.  


I am very pleased for you and proud of your accomplishment.  You now have the knowledge and skills to not only look after yourself, your family and your neighbors during a disaster, but also to assist first responders if you are called upon to do so during an emergency.  


I have been an active member of the Coronado CERT family for several years and I look forward to working with you at events and during our local and regional drills.  Like other CERT members, I find my CERT volunteer work to be practical, useful, rewarding and fulfilling.


Furthermore, there is a fair amount of crossover membership between CERT and the Coronado Emergency Radio Operators (CERO) club.  Allow me to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to you, your wife Sherril and your entire CERT class to attend a CERO meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 pm in the Coronado Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the Police Station.  


Along with my fellow CERO members, I would like very much to assist interested CERT members in earning their Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license to become amateur radio operators.  With your FCC license, you will be able to communicate on non-commercial frequencies reserved solely for amateur radio.  We drill weekly on Thursday evenings and hold our annual Field Day in Spreckels Park, among other events.  Like CERT members, we have the knowledge and skills to assist first responders during disasters if we are called upon to do so.  More at


Again, congratulations and well done on becoming CERT-ified. 

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