Neighborhood Disaster Exercise at the E 33rd Street Fire Station

From Devonne Maxey <> Outreach Coordinator Oregon State Service Corps Member  City of Eugene | Risk Services Division


CERTs are trained to extinguish fires.

After an area-wide disaster, as you know, emergency services will likely be overwhelmed. Join us in an exercise designed to test the feasibility of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers reporting to local neighborhood fire stations in the aftermath of an area-wide disaster. In this case, a major earthquake.

For CERTs, this is a great opportunity for you to test your readiness. If you are not ready or have not yet been CERT trained, don’t let that stop you from participating. We have a place for everyone! We’ll develop and send out CERT neighborhood teams to assess the area and report back, we’ll have CERTs assigned to work with spontaneous volunteers, CERTs to work with triage and disaster medical needs, and CERTs to greet ‘residents’ and answer questions. If you don’t feel comfortable with any of those tasks, we also need people to be the spontaneous volunteers, and we need people to act as residents and/or victims. Family and friends (over 14) can help out in those roles, too. This will be a learning exercise, and a lot of fun, too! Hope to see you there!


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Place: Fire Station 15, 80 E 33rd, Eugene, OR

  • WHO: CERTs, family, and friends. Any participant under 14 years of age must have parent or guardian with them at all times.
  • BRING: Your CERT gear, including your vest and city issued identification. If you have misplaced your identification, we can work with that.
  • WEAR: (all participants, including victims, volunteers, and residents) Weather and task appropriate clothing. NO open toed shoes

Participant Meeting

Those of you (and your family/friends) participating as spontaneous volunteers or ‘victims’ do not need to attend this meeting – we will meet briefly the day of the exercise. For those CERTs who wish to participate as a CERT, there is a participant meeting that you are strongly urged to attend:

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Fire/EMS Training Facility, 1705 W 2nd, Eugene, OR ROOMS 1 & 2 (enter from the side doors directly into classroom)