This year Urban Shield has designed in a set of exercises for CERT (or NERT, CORE, etc.) teams and CERT-trained ham radio operators to participate. The event will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Here’s the official Urban Shield 2017 CERT/NERT Team Invitation (PDF) with more detail.
Interested in participating in this exciting training event? Talk with your local CERT/NERT group, register online, or contact Alameda County Sheriff Sgt. Michelle Costeiu by phone: (925) 925-6941 or by note:
What’s Urban Shield?
Urban Shield is “a comprehensive, full scale regional preparedness exercise assessing the San Francisco Bay Area’s ability to respond to natural disasters, technological, and terrorism incidents.” First responders of all stripes (fire departments, police, medical providers, para-military, etc.) and from many locations participate in a variety of reality-based scenarios, from team rescue of a parachuter stuck on the side of a multi-story building (last year in San Jose) to terrorist attacks, ferry and water-based disasters, mass-scale earthquake response, and more. The full event takes place over several days and includes a lot of different activities. Here’s the highlight reel from 2011 for a better idea.