Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Subject :Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Exercse
Contact :Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator    949-497-0389

The first citywide CERT drill to be hosted within Laguna Beach will be held September 30, 2017 at The Ranch, 31106 Coast Highway, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The drill is a refresher training exercise for existing CERT members in Laguna Beach who wish to take part. There are currently over 300 active members, including Laguna Beach Unified School District trained individuals.

In addition, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and San Clemente CERT teams have been invited to send five members each to take part in this simulated earthquake situation. The drill also will serve as the ‘final exam’ for approximately 35 newly trained students who are signed up for the CERT class that began September 5th, 2017.

CERT drills such as this are organized by trained CERT members with advice and assistance from the Emergency Operations Coordinator, Police Department and Fire Department, all of whom will be onsite during the exercise.

Participants will practice search and rescue/fire suppression, cribbing, triage and medical skills, and radio communications in teams of approximately 15 people each under the direction of Incident Command officers assigned duties similar to those used at actual disaster scenes. 

The Ranch agreed to host this first-of-its-kind event in Laguna Beach and is working with CERT personnel to make certain that Ranch guests and golfers are not affected by the simulated disaster.