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 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, but due to COVID-19 the meetings are currently done online via Zoom. Point of Contact is Marc Lawton, Kailua CERT Coordinator, KailuaCERT@gmail.com or 808.224.1035
If you have completed the City & County of Honolulu, Dept. of Emergency Management CERT training and are interested in joining Kailua CERT, please contact the Kailua CERT Coordinator to send you the Volunteer Packet forms to complete. You can then email the completed forms and associated certificates to KailuaCERT@gmail.com.
Kaneohe / Kahalu'u and Waimanalo CERT groups also participated in the exercise