Emergency response training begins again in April

What can you do for your community in the event of a local disaster when it may be days before you receive help?

Join a group of volunteers and take the first steps in helping build a team to respond to such an urgency. On March 14, the first team in San Benito County who did so became the first to graduate from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. The CERT program is designed to help protect yourself in face of emergencies and disaster situations. Live simulations of what may be encountered during a real disaster is an integral part of the training. 

The Hollister Fire Department and the American Medical Response participated with the San Benito County Amateur Radio Association (SBCARA) to model real life situations that could be experienced by the team as an integral component of the training. This valuable training is free of charge and registration for the next class begins April 2, for the class beginning April 14.  To register for the next class contact the sponsoring group, visit SBCARA online at or call (831) 636-4168 (or email [email protected])


Timothy S. Takeuchi


Public Information Officer

(831) 636-7383

[email protected]


I am San Benito County ARES' District Emergency Coordinator and the Chief ACS/RACES Officer. For emergencies, disaster, drills and public events, I coordinate the response by the amateur radio (aka ham radio) volunteers.