the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, CERT volunteers shut off utilities,
distributed water, made telephone calls, passed out informational fliers and
in some cases helped pull survivors from the rubble.
On June 10, 1999, the Olympic Pipeline ruptured in
Bellingham, Washington. CERT teams helped out in the Emergency
Operations center by answering phones, monitoring radio traffic and keeping
logs of events. Their disaster psychology training was used as they
cared for themselves and those around them during times of stress.
February 28, 2001, the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually
Earthquake struck western Washington. Many CERTs in the effected
areas self-activated, checking their homes and neighborhoods for
damage. Some teams helped in their local EOCs, answering phones
and giving the public information.
In 2004, following Hurricane Isabel in Virginia,
CERTs filled sandbags, directed traffic, evacuated residents, identified and
marked downed power lines and performed damage assessments. They did
supply runs when needed and were on hand in neighborhoods to bail out
basements, patch roofs, move fallen trees and survey damage. They set up
and organized an evacuation center and distributed ice and water to citizens
CERT members distributed evacuation warning flyers to
residents threatened by the Simi Valley wildfires in 2004. They
delivered food and drink to the front lines, took digital photographs to
aid in damage assessment, directed traffic to and from the danger area and
also aided the ECC.