In September 2013, the Kailua Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) became the first community-based CERT on the island of Oahu. Kailua residents, trained by the City & County of Honolulu, Department of Emergency Management CERT program, meet monthly to refresh their skills in incident management, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.
Recognizing that Kailua could be impacted by a major disaster with mass casualties, such as by an extreme tsunami from Alaska or a hurricane, Kailua CERT developed the first CERT comprehensive disaster response plan on Oahu. The Kailua Disaster Response Plan (2015) details the activation of the Kailua Operation Center, to include an incident management team and amateur radio operators, along with the mobilization of search & rescue and disaster medical operation teams into the disaster zone. (Note, Kailua CERT only activates in a major disaster – one that exceeds the capacity and capability of government to respond in a timely manner).
Kailua CERT typically meets the third Tuesday of each month (except for June and December) in the Adventist Health Castle auditorium from 6:30-8:30pm (check the Kailua CERT calendar for any last minute changes). Point of Contact is Clem Jung, Kailua CERT Coordinator, KailuaCERT@gmail.com or (808) 683-8163
If you have completed the City & County of Honolulu, Dept. of Emergency Management CERT training and are interested in joining Kailua CERT, please complete the Volunteer Packet forms (bottom of this page). You can then email the completed forms and associated certificates to KailuaCERT@gmail.com.
September 2, 9 and 23 (Saturdays), 8am to 4pm in KAILUA at Christ Church Uniting (1300 Kailua Rd, Kailua). Register using this Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/september-cert-course-3-days-2023-8-tickets-669532298127?aff=oddtdtcreator
September 16, 23, and 30 (Saturdays), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Honolulu at the Department of Emergency Management. Class FULL
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Kaneohe / Kahalu'u and Waimanalo CERT groups also participated in the exercise