Vista Verde Community Association

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CERT Training Exercise

Citizens Emergency Response and Preparedness Program (CERPP) was established in 1997 to promote community-based disaster preparedness and response in the Woodside Fire Protection District. The district included the Towns of Woodside and Portola Valley and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Ladera, Vista Verde, Los Trancos Woods, and Emerald Lake. Vista Verde's CERPP coordinator is our resident Tom Bleier.

Emergency Preparedness Exercises are held twice a year in Vista Verde, with one exercise simulating a major wildland fire and the other a major earthquake. These exercises are an excellent opportunity to learn what to do in the case of a major disaster, and a great way to get to know your neighbors. Residents taking part in these exercises assemble at the homes of their Group leaders (see the Neighborhood Emergency Organization Chart to find your Group leader) at the beginning of the exercise and are given instructions there. These emergency response exercises are announced by emails on the community email group, and notifications on this website and the CERPP website.

Typical emergency exercise activities include: