Our Mission

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To build teams of neighborhood volunteers who are:

  • Vetted
  • Trained
  • Organized
  • Equipped
  • 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. TrainedTraining in any one of the following specialties fulfills all necessary pre-requisite training requirements needed to become a CEC member:


  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Licensed as a ham radio operator
  • Red Cross Shelter Operations training
  • Large Animal Evacuation Group (LAEG) training
  • Medical training beyond first aid/CPR: Doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMT, etc.
  • Any other type of trained emergency responders: Firefighter, military, etc.
  • Trained to staff the Coastside Emergency Operations Center (CEOC), on Kelly Avenue (by the Sheriff's Substation)


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. EquippedEach 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.