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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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….



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.

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