On Saturday, September 10, 2022, the Los Angeles County Fire Department deployed members of the Tri-City and Antelope Valley CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) programs to assist the Long Beach Fire Department’s (LBFD) own CERT and Search and Rescue team with storm preparation as Tropical Storm Kay approached Southern California.
CERT members were deployed to the Long Beach peninsula ahead of the storm surge that was predicted to make significant rainfall over the weekend.
Fire Captain Chiyoshi Hasegawa activated members of the CERT programs from the Cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Lawndale, and the Antelope Valley.
Led by a LBFD volunteer, CERT members monitored four blocks of the peninsula during high tide and were responsible for reporting if the surge would break over the sand berm. They also assisted residents with sand bags and answered any questions.
Thank you to our CERT members who volunteered their time, skills, and effort to assist Long Beach CERT!