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).



Sat 3/10 Veggie Sushi Class Fundraiser!

Mieko promised a veggie sushi fundraiser during the Progressive Potluck. The dish was very popular that night and disappeared into happy bellies quickly.

So… here it is!


Sat, March 10, 2018
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$50 per person. Proceeds go to HNA CERT.

Tickets available at Eventbrite, get yours now!


Class size is limited – only 10 seats available! If this event sells out, you can add your name to the waitlist. If a spot opens up you will be contacted by email with purchasing instructions. If there are many people on the waitlist, we will find another date to offer the same class.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Halycon Neighborhood Association Community Emergency Response Team (HNA CERT).

9/28 HNA CERT Light Search & Rescue Class (Part One) Sells Out Oracle Arena!!! Available Now on Pay Per View for $79.99! (Well, almost. It was a great turnout!)

9/28 HNA CERT Light Search & Rescue Class Part One, Presentation and Pictures


Extra! Extra!! Read All About It!!!!! The 9/28 Halcyon Neighborhood Association Community Emergency Response Team  Light Search And Rescue Class Part One proved so popular we moved to, and sold out, the entire Oracle Arena! And are now offering it live on Pay Per View at $79.99 for Halcyon residents, $109.99 for non-Halcyon residents.

OK, the above isn’t exactly true, strictly speaking. If you want to get all technical and stuff. But Bill Springer led an absolutely blow-out Light Search and Rescue Part One class with a standing room only crowd of 30+ people, many of them new to HNA CERT.

Date and time for Part Two of the class, the practical section where we do an actual simulated rescue in an empty Prince Street home,  will be announced shortly.

Notes for the class are here HNA CERT 9-29-17 LSAR Part One.


A few of the participants post class, and of course Bill The Elder in green


Search and rescue

Search and Rescue Class Part 1 on 9/28 6:30PM – We Need You, You Need This!

Search and Rescue Class Part 1 on 9/28/17 6:30PM

Full-on, two-part, search and rescue class coming to HNA CERT!!
Over the last few weeks, we’ve all seen in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and elsewhere the devastation a natural disaster can bring. The Bay Area is not immune, and search and rescue, if done safely in an organized manner,  together with basic first aid, is one important thing you can do to save lives after a disaster. This class will give you the basic skills, and the life you say may be a neighbor or a loved one.
Berkeley CERT instructor Bill Springer has generously agreed to lead this two-part light search and rescue class.
  • Part 1: A classroom session from 6:30-8:00PM on Thursday, September 28th. Some food will be provided
  • Part 2: A  simulated search and rescue event held in an unoccupied Halcyon neighborhood home at the end of October (date TBD).
A big turnout not only gets more people in our community with the skills, it makes it much easier for our wonderful instructors like Bill Springer, Shawn, and Carrie (who you may recall from Stop The Bleed!) to continue to support us. If there was a time to come and bring your friends, it’s now.
The class will be held at 2135 Prince Street.
RSVP not required but much appreciated, and of course questions always welcome. HNACERT@GMAIL.COM
See you all next Thursday, 9/28! 
Search and rescue

Our Annual Disaster Preparedness Event

Halcyon Neighborhood Association Disaster Preparedness event 8-26-17 Pictures and Handouts

Thanks to everyone who came out, and especially thanks to the great CERT volunteers who so generously gave of their time and knowledge.

Event logo

For more pictures and handouts, see the Disaster? Be Ready! A Great Event report by Bill Swartz.

CERT Event Photos-29

A huge shout-out to our friends at CBCB for their generous donation of the trauma kits and gas shut-off wrenches.




Welcome to the Halcyon neighborhood CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) page!

The purpose of this page is to coordinate disaster preparedness and response in the Halcyon neighborhood (Telegraph to Adeline, Ashby to Woolsey, in South Berkeley, CA).

For more information or to get involved in Halcyon neighborhood’s CERT, contact hnacert@gmail.com.

To help coordinate disaster response and find volunteer opportunities in the Halcyon neighborhood, please fill out one google form per household.


For more information on Halcyon Neighborhood Association (HNA), see www.halcyonneighborhood.org.

For questions about Halcyon Neighborhood Association in general, please contact halcyon92@gmail.com. If you live in the Halcyon neighborhood (Telegraph to Adeline, Ashby to Woolsey, in South Berkeley), join our Facebook group.

For information about Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings by the City of Berkeley, see www.cityofberkeley.info/cert. The most current list of trainings is usually on the Eventbrite Signup Page.