At the recent Mayor’s Community Spotlight Awards, Mayor Strickland and Mayor Pro Tem Van Der Mark presented certificates to the Huntington Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) who assisted with efforts in keeping our community safe from August 18 to 20, 2023 when Tropical Storm Hilary touched down in Southern California. In preparation, CERT volunteers assisted residents and businesses by working in the Emergency Operations Center, answering hundreds of resident phone calls, filling more than 1,800 sandbags, and providing excellent customer service!
The CERT program was founded in 1991. It has now expanded to all 50 states as a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) endorsed training program. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations. CERT prepares folks to help themselves, their family, neighbors and the community in the event of a disaster. For more information visit the City’s CERT webpage.