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CERT in Other Languages and How to Reach Other Demographics was presented by FSTI Alertar y Preparar LISTOS Program Manager Liliana Encinas on Saturday, September 10th at the 2016 National CERT Conference. This session provided an overview of effective communication requirements, techniques for respectfully communicating with individuals who have diverse needs, and hands-on practice using non-English communication methods including an introduction to Alertar y Preparar LISTOS.

Alertar y Preparar LISTOS Train the Trainer Wokshops have been held in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Rancho Cucamonga with additional clases scheduled for early 2017 in Concord, Nappa and San Bernardino.

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


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.


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

  • Are organized by community members for the benefit of their own community
  • Present the basic ideas of preparedness in 4 consecutive discussions
  • Empower participants to educate their personal networks
  • Consider cultural sensitivities and time constraints
  • Utilizes an interactive discussion learning environment

The Fire Services Training Institute assumed the Orfalea Fund 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 work with Non-English Speaking populations. The topic of the discussion was “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.

The goal of this program is to provide very basic resources to Latino populations for emergency readiness in an environment which they feel comfortable within. LISTOS is modeled after various programs including a Spanish-language community readiness program Promotores hosted in Carpinteria, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum with a grass-roots approach at reaching the Latino population through trusted networks.

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

California Volunteers Funding

Individual program funding may be avaialbe through California Volunteers by contacting your local Cal-EMA region representiave.

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The Listos logo designed by Gabriel Nordyke for Aware & Prepare and used with permission


LISTOS Program Manager Liliana Encinas

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.