In the wake of a major emergency, it may be necessary to distribute life sustaining commodities such as food and water to a large number of people. It is estimated that in the event of a catastrophic earthquake in the bay area we may need to provide 8,000,000 emergency meals and 16,000,000 liters of water every day!  This will be accomplished by setting up a large number of Commodity Points of Distribution (CPODs).  FEMA has devised a very efficient and organized CPOD system which has been tested many times after disasters such as the Gulf Coast hurricanes.  FEMA and other organizations may be able to provide and deliver much of the commodities but it is largely up to the local jurisdictions to distribute them to the public.  This is a very labor intensive process and will be a very important role for CERTs.  This class will give you a basic understanding of CPODs and your role in their operation.  Topics will include:

  • What is a COPD?
  • CPOD Types
  • CPOD Layout
  • CPOD Worker Roles
  • CPOD Operation
  • Forms and Paperwork
  • Interaction with the EOC

This will include both classroom and some manipulative exercise.  Please bring your CERT PPE to class.

Dates -The same 3hr class will be offered on both days so either date can be attended:

Wednesday March 27th, 2019, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday, March 30th, 2019, 9:00am – 12:00 noon

Location:              Santa Clara Fire Department Training Center

                                1900 Walsh Ave

                                Santa Clara, CA, 95050


The class is free but seating is limited so we ask that you register in advance.  Registration is through Eventbrite at the following link:

Thanks for your efforts and commitment to the community as a CERT member.

Jon Boucher

Santa Clara Fire Department
777 Benton Street | Santa Clara, CA 95050
831-588-0291(Cell)    408-615-4905 (Fire Station 5)