Coastside Emergency Corps (CEC)
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 Training Schedules/Classes  


1. 2016 CERT training schedules 

2. How to get a ham radio licence

3. Red Cross shelter operations

4. Large Animal Evacuation Group

 Membership Application 


Download: type into & email application


Download: print, handfill & mail application

 FREE Online ICS Course 


CEC utilizes the ICS organizational structure.

Introduction to the Incident

Command System (ICS)


ICS fillable forms for events or excersises


*How the FREE independent study program works - Flyer 

 Emergency Preparedness Partners 


1. Coastside Emergency Action Program (CEAP) 

2. City of Half Moon Bay Emergency Preparedness 

3. South Skyline Emergency Preparedness Organization (SSEPO)   

4. Citizens Emergency and Response Preparedness Program (CERPP) 

5. Pescadero Municipal Advisory

6. Mid-Coast Council 

7. Half Moon Bay Amateur Radio Club

8. SC4 Amateur Radio club 

9. Large Animal Evacuation Group

10. La Honda Disaster Prep




Riding The Storm Local landslides & weather are primary causes of disasters


(News Articles) 

The Daily Journal - Prepping the  Coast for a Disaster



1. What is CEC? & How to Join?

2. Additional Coastside Emergency Prep Podcasts

3. National Podcast - The Disaster Podcast 


 Emergency Preparedness Flyers 


Winter Storm Flyer (English) 

Winter Storm Flyer (Spanish)

 Local Emergency & Weather Alerts 


SMC Alert


Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories


West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center


Preliminary Flood Hazard Data


Natural Hazards in Your Area


**Pescadero: Emergency INFO HOTLINE call:  650-879-2165 

 Additional Resources 


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 Welcome to CEC!


Coastside Emergency Corps (CEC) is a volunteer organization made up of Coastside residents (broken up into 3 branches) from the Santa Cruz County line to the Devil’s Slide tunnel and up to Skyline who are trained to respond in the event of major disasters such as:

  • Earthquakes

  • Tsunamis

  • Floods

  • Debris flows/Landslides

  • Wildfires

  • Hazmat events

  • Outbreaks/Epidemics

  • Terrorist attacks


To build teams of neighborhood volunteers who are:

  1. Vetted

  2. Trained

  3. Organized

  4. Equipped

  5. Ready to Respond to Major Emergencies

1. Vetted: All members must pass a fingerprint and FBI background check. Upon passing the screening you will be provided with a CEC photo ID card that lists your training qualifications on the back.

The ID cards help the Incident Comander(s) to know you are are a CEC volunteer, have been vetted, and also identifies what qualifications/skill sets you have.

2. Trained: Training in any one of the following specialties fulfills all necessary pre-requisite training requirements needed to become a CEC member:

3. Organized: CEC utilizes the Incident Command System (ICS), a standardized approach to incident management that:

  • Enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies

  • Establishes common processes for planning and managing resources

  • Allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure

CEC is comprised of 3 branches (from Santa Cruz County line to Devil’s Slide tunnel and up to Skyline.) Each branch is made up of several community teams of volunteers who know each other and have established meeting points. Each branch utilizes the above-mentioned ICS to communicate, coordinate and deploy emergency response teams.

4. Equipped: Each CEC volunteer will learn how to be equipped with their personal “go kit,” a backpack with personal protection, medical supplies, and small tools.

Additionally, we have recently adopted a CEC uniform. This will help those in charge to identify a CEC volunteer who is qualified to assist them during an emergency (Stay tuned for photos of the uniform).

5. Ready to Respond to Major Emergencies: We achieve this capability by running practice drills and exercises, typically four to six times each year, and often with all 3 branches participating together. After each training exercise an in-depth debriefing is conducted to discuss what worked and areas that could be improved. 

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Nick Gottuso has lead the Coastside Emergency Corp since 2014. He organizes training for CEC members and Coastside residents, and works to improve the preparedness of Coastside community organizations. Bilingual (in English and Spanish), Nick is determined to ensure that emergency procedures are well-understood by all of us. 

Members meet often for training and for emergency drills at the Coastside Emergency Operations Center (CEOC). 


Ari Delay, CalFire Battalion Chief, is primarily active in Branch 3 of the CEC, covering the southern part of the Coastside. This photo shows Ari training CEC volunteers at the CEOC

Winter storm emergency drill briefing at the Coastside Emergency Operations Center (CEOC)

CEC volunteers being briefed before emergency drill at the CEOC


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