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CERT in Other Languages and How to Reach Other Demographics” was first presented by FSTI Alertar y Preparar LISTOS Program Manager Liliana Encinas at the 2016 National CERT Conference in Los Angeles. This session provided an overview of effective communication requirements, techniques for respectfully communicating with individuals who have diverse needs and hands-on experience using non-English communication methods including introduction to Alertar y Preparar LISTOS.

Alertar y Preparar LISTOS Train-the-Trainer Workshops have been held in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Rancho Cucamonga, Concord, Carpinteria, Concord, among others, with additional classes scheduled in 2018 throughout California.

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May 17, 2016 Community Alert Show-KZSB AM-1290
Liliana Encinas talks about local LISTOS programs and the Alertar y Preparar

June 28, 2016 Community Alert Show-KZSB AM-1290
San Francisco Fire Department Lt. Erica Arteseros and UCSB Emergency Manager Jim Caesar join Community Alert to talk about the LISTOS workshop and how the program supports the community.

Liliana Encinas Alertar y Preparar LISTOS Featured Video


Alertar y Preparar LISTOS Program Managers and Instructors may register here for unlimited access to program and instructor materials. Once approved, program managers and instructors can download Spanish and English manuals, promotional materials and instructional aids. All Alertr y Preparar materials are provided pursuant to a Creative Commons license agreement at no charge and may not be sold. approved programs are also eligible for CalOES grant funded reimbursements.

ABOUT Alertar y Preparar LISTOS

Alertar y Preparar LISTOS is a grass-roots, basic emergency and disaster readiness public education program for Spanish-speaking populations. The Alertar y Preparar LISTOS program is comprised of the following discussion topics:

  • People organized for the benefit and support of their own community
  • Four consecutive discussions about the basic ideas of preparedness
  • Empower participants to educate their family, coworkers, classmates and personal networks
  • Discussions and consideration of cultural sensitivities
  • Crate and utilize interactive discussion learning environment

The Fire Services Training Institute assumed the Orfalea Fund’s public-private partnership Aware & Prepare LISTOS program in a formal transfer of ownership in January 2016. FSTI filed the dba Alertar y Preparar to continue the success of the Santa Barbara based Aware & Prepare programs with agreements already developed throughout California, Mexico and Chile. All other Aware & Prepare programs can be found here.

For information on how you can start a Alertar y Preparar LISTOS program in your community email: .


LISTOS was a direct result of an Aware & Prepare Initiative round-table discussion between community leaders and community based organizations that worked with non-English speaking populations. The topic of the discussion included non-English speaking populations in emergency and disaster situations. As a follow-up to this round-table, and since the specific area of Spanish speakers and disaster preparedness was scarcely being addressed, Aware & Prepare initiated the development of a basic community readiness pilot program for Spanish speaking populations that became known as LISTOS.

The goal of this program is to provide very basic resources to Latino populations for emergency readiness in an environment which they feel comfortable. LISTOS is modeled after various programs including a Spanish-language community readiness program Promotores hosted in Carpinteria, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum and Spanish CERT. Instruction includes the following:

  • Identifying Vulnerabilities
  • Creating Reunification and Communication plan
  • Important Document Back-Up
  • Utilities Shut-Off
  • Fire Extinguisher Use
  • Triage
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Psychology


Anyone may access and use these eBooks. However, you must be a registered member to be able to download and access all Alertar y Preparar LISTOS materials. All Alertary y Preparar LISTOS materials are available at no charge and may not be sold.



The following Alertar y Preparar LISTOS programs are currently approved:

  • City of Santa Barbara – Liliana Encinas (Santa Barbara County)
  • City of San Francisco – Captain Erica Arteseros (San Francisco County)
  • City of Concord – Margaret Romiti (Contra Costa County)
  • City of San Pablo – Andrea Barte (Contra Costa County)
  • City of Berkeley – Khin Chin (Alameda County)
  • County of San Bernardino – Michael Ramirez (San Bernardino County)
  • City of Moreno Valley – Zuzzette Ricker (Riverside County)
  • City of Fontana – Irma Herrera (San Bernardino County)
  • Any member of the Aware & Prepare Public Education Committee including UCSB (Santa Barbara)
  • Napa City Fire Department – Erick Hernandez (Napa County)

The following are approved but have yet to formalize a program:

  • City of Morgan Hill – Jennifer Ponce (Los Angeles County)
  • City of Rancho Cucamonga – Denisse School (San Bernardino)
  • City of Costa Mesa – Brenda Emerick (Orange County)


Individual program funding within California is available through FSTI and a sub-award grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, 2006-0102 or by contacting your local Cal-EMA region representative. There are limitations and restrictions that may apply.

Alertar y Preparar LISTOS is funded in part by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Grant Sub-award 2016-0102.

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Alertar y Preparar is a division of the Fire Services Training Institute and a member of the Aware & Prepare Executive Committee.
Alertar y Preparar LISTOS programs are coordinated by the Aware & Prepare Education Committee.


LilianaLiliana es la Coordinadora de las Iniciativas Latinas y Alcance Organizacional de Preparación para Emergencias para el Condado de Santa Barbara, a través de la Iniciativa Aware & Prepare (Alerta y Prepara).

Ella también es la Especialista en Educación Pública para Departamento de Bomberos en la ciudad de Santa Barbara. Ha trabajado durante más de una década con la comunidad latina en el condado de Santa Bárbara, proporcionando alcance, trabajo social, desarrollo de programas e iniciativas y la promoción del bienestar general.

Se ha desempeñado como Directora de Servicios Humanos en La Casa de La Raza, una organización no lucrativa local y como contratista independiente para la Oficina del Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Santa Barbara.

Liliana también consulta con CalOES y CalVolunteers en la Capacitación para la Preparación de Emergencias para la comunidad Latina; Listos.

Ella es una de las dos capacitadoras estatales certificadas por el Estado de California, para la capacitación de capacitadores CERT, en la Lengua Española; así como en el idioma Inglés.
Ella trabaja como voluntaria en diversas capacidades para varias organizaciones no lucrativas y escuelas locales que prestan asesoramiento para servir mejor a su electorado latino.

Ella es un intérprete y traductor estatal certificada en los idiomas español/ inglés.

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Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Office of Emergency Services Sub-award Grant 2016-0102