City of Concord California

News Release

May 11, 2015

Simulated disaster training in downtown Concord May 16

Visitors to downtown Concord on Saturday morning, May 16, will see residents participating in a simulated disaster training scenario, hosted by Concord's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), at Todos Santos Plaza, Willow Pass Road and Grant Street

"Although this event was planned well before the recent small earthquakes we've experienced, it will provide valuable training to residents in the event we experience a more severe episode sometime in the future," said the City's Emergency & Volunteer Services Manager Margaret Romiti. "We know in a disaster our citizens are valued responders in their own right. The CERT training allows members to obtain the skills needed to help their neighbors and the community at large in a disaster."

Joining Concord CERT in this exercise will be Martinez and Brentwood CERT participants. The Exercise Command Post will be located at the corner of Grant Street and Willow Pass Road. Participants will register at the Vineyard Church at 1970 Grant Street between and 8 a.m.

The exercise will begin with a briefing at 8 a.m. The drill will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., followed by a debriefing.

Simulated disaster scenarios planned for the day include medical triage with search and rescue, a cribbing/rescue exercise, fire suppression exercise and damage assessment/communications exercise. (Cribbing involves the creation of a temporary wooden structure to support a heavy object in order to rescue a trapped person.)

This training exercise is for current CERT members and recent CERT graduates who want to apply the skills they have learned during their 20 hours of training by practicing those skills in a controlled, simulated event.

For more information about upcoming CERT training sessions, visit, contact the Concord CERT program at or call (925) 603-5933.

City of Concord CA