Balboa Island CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a part of the Newport Beach Fire Department CERT program. We’re the oldest CERT organized neighborhood (8 years) and currently the largest (67 members). Included in the Island group are 15 CERTComms, who are ham radio trained to aid in any emergency.
In an emergency, we undoubtedly would have to be self-reliant and help one another – especially here on the Island with our “isolation” – maybe for 2-3 days to a week. City emergency services could be over-whelmed in a major situation, and initially limited in their availability to provide help to us. CERT volunteers are trained and organized to first help themselves and their families, then assist neighbors, and then if they can, and want to, help in their Sector responses.