Disaster Mini-Drill + Ice Cream on 8/7


Please join the Halcyon Neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team in an emergency preparedness drill!

At 6:20 PM and at 7:00 PM on August 7, the evening of National Night Out, a CERT volunteer will drive through the neighborhood honking a car horn to signal the start of the drill.

When you hear the horn, hang a green sign in a front window (you can use this flyer) so CERT knows you are OK and walk to Halcyon Commons. Check in with the CERT table at the Commons and then enjoy meeting neighbors and eating ice cream.


And for now, consider doing one small thing to improve your readiness to survive a disaster. For example, make sure you have good shoes and a working flashlight beside your bed.


Steps to take in an actual disaster ——————–

  • Take care of yourself and your family (including pets). Administer first aid if needed.
  • Check your gas. Turn off ONLY if there is a fire or if you hear, see (spinning dial) or smell a leak.
  • Tune radio to emergency frequencies (1610 kHz) to get information and instructions.
  • Don protective equipment (sturdy shoes, helmets if available, comfortable clothing, and clothing to protect against weather as necessary).
  • Hang this sign (or any green paper or cloth) in a highly visible from the street location. If Search & Rescue teams do not see this or other GREEN sign, they will come check on your safety.
  • Take water, essential medications, and your Go Kit and proceed to Halcyon Commons Park (Halcyon Court at Prince Street).



Surviving A Mass Casualty Incident & Helping The Wounded Part II Featured on Berkleyside Video

Berkleyside video article on Halcyon CERT class – Surviving An Active Shooter And Helping The Wounded – Part II

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Video Here


More class pictures coming soon!!!





4/21/18 Surviving A Mass Casualty Incident & Helping The Wounded, Part I – Report

Summary, notes and photos of the first of two classes on surviving on active shooter and helping the wounded.

The morning was in two parts. First, an incredible, and sadly relevant, class in surviving a mass casualty attack taught by Sgt. Spencer Fomby, leader of Berkeley Police Department’s national award-winning Immediate Action Rapid Deployment Team (informally known as SWAT). Then a review of Stop The Bleed, Controlling Life-Threatening Bleeding With Tourniquets and Pressure Bandages, taught by Berkeley CERT’s own Shawn Connors, Bill Springer, Barber Morita and Carrie Dovzak.

You missed it? Oh No!!!

While there is absolutely no substitute for having attended, we can get you partially up to speed.

CERT member Grace Harwood took an awesome set of notes on Sgt. Fomby’s class. Check’m out:  Notes – Survive an Active Shooter Lecture 4-21-18.

And for the Stop The Bleed section, here’s a summary…

Stop The Bleed Infographic

And for atmosphere… some pics!


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Upcoming Class: Surviving A Mass Casualty Incident and Helping The Wounded

The HNA Community Emergency Response Team is thrilled to announce that it has joined with the Berkeley Police Department to offer a pilot, two-part class on surviving an active shooter incident and helping the wounded. The class is called Surviving A Mass Casualty Incident and Helping The Wounded: How to Get Through The First 20 Minutes of An Active Shooting and will be held in two parts, classroom and labratory.
Please click below to reserve your space. Students must be 18 years or older.

This session will consist of instruction from the Berkley Police Department followed by a  hands-on practice session in severe bleeding control taught by Berkeley CERT instructor Shawn Connors and three other trainers. All materials will be provided.

You must have taken the classroom to participate in the lab.

Location for both Classroom and Lab are TBD.
If you have already reserve a space direclty via email with HNA CERT please do not use the above to reserve. Your place is safe.
Please also reach out to us if you are interested in learning more about HNA CERT. We are actively recruiting and would love to have you, no experience required. HNACERT@gmail.com

Mental Health First Aid Class – Pictures and Links – 12/10/17

Halcyon Neighborhood Association CERT Mental Health First Class in Pictures and Links

Taught by former Halcyon neighbor Susan Snyder and based on a curriculum developed in Australia and updated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, Sunday’s Mental Health First Aid Class was epic – serious, useful, by turns fun and challenging.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Some useful links

In case you would like to know more about the organization, training or become a trainer! https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/
For all behavioral health resources http://www.acbhcs.org/
For crisis resources (includes some city of Berkeley info) http://www.acbhcs.org/crisis-information/


Overview and links to other pages https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Mental_Health/
Berkeley Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team: Details are here
Some key information
  • Everyday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Phone (510) 981-5900 (Police Non-emergency 24 hrs.) or  (510) 981-5254 (Voice message)      
If you’d like to contact Susan, she can be reached at susan@slsnyder.com


Some pictures from the class

MHFA (1 of 12)

Proud graduates frame Susan (in gray and red sweater)

One of many role plays

No mistake – this was an information dense day!

A number of creative teaching tools were used

Much was learned and a good, if challenging and tiring time, was had by all


Most students stayed focused on the instructor at the front of the room….



Emotional First Aid Class – 12/10/17

HNA CERT isoffer Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour class featuring a five-step action plan to support someone suffering signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis.

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* ONE SPOT AVAILABLE (and we could stretch to accommodate a couple) *


HNA CERT is thrilled to offer Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour class being taught by former Halcyon resident, CERT leader, and certified mental health professional Susan Snyder.
The class features a five-step action plan to support someone suffering signs and symptoms of a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis.
For details please see the below link.
The class is eight hours and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, with 30 minutes for a brown bag lunch. We will have drinks and snacks on hand. Space is limited to only ten people, so please rsvp to hnacert@gmail.com if interested.