Big Sur Kate and CERV

I have been working with Kim Delaney and Sarah Black on a video for CERV. Community Emergency Response Volunteers. They support local CERT. This is their website: CERV.

They had a vision of doing a series of videos on disasters and the disabled, and asked me if I would participate. Actually, Patte Kronlund said, “I have a friend I want you to meet. Sarah Black.” And so we started to communicate. There were lots of emails, phone calls, dry runs, and finally, they came up to shoot a video of me in my home, high atop this mountain. They have finally released it today. It is the first of a series. I hope they put all the stories together in one documentary. I think it would be awesome.

Those of us who are disabled, or may become so, are sometimes forgotten or at least underserved in the planning for disasters. While we are all responsible for our own planning and preparation, it helps to know one is not alone. Thanks for doing this, Sarah and Kim.

For those who are interested, you can watch that 5 and 1/2 minute video Here

I was honored to work on such a worthwhile project. I also am rather astounded and amazed that Kim did all of this shooting with an iPhone. I was also astounded at the abundance of wonderful food that Sarah brought with her, all this way, for us to share after the shoot. Thank you.

16 thoughts on “Big Sur Kate and CERV

  1. What a powerful piece – your story told in a beautiful context of fire, loving our community, and giving back in an empowered way . Thanks to all who put this together.

  2. That was really good.
    The following that you have gathered together with your blog is rather amazing.
    Witness the positive influence that one dedicated individual can attain.
    Tying together a community that needed tying together.
    Good job on this effort to you & Sarah Black.

  3. Kate , you are amazing. I watched the video. You are an inspiration and a wonderful roll model. Thanks for all you do!

  4. Great video! It was nice to put a face with the name. We live in Granite Bay, CA and travel to Cambria a couple of times a year, staying at the San Simeon campground. We’ve also been fortunate to stay at Kirk Creek. We love Big Sur and the coast. We were supposed to stay at Kirk Creek about the time the Mud Creek slide happened. Thanks to your blog I was up to date on conditions in your area. I appreciate the information you provide. The video was very timely what with the huge fire not far away in Paradise. The smoke in our area has been terrible. Bad 5hings happen to good people all the time. We need to be prepared and resilient. Keep up the great work, Kate.

  5. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Inspirational, exceptionally creative, worthwhile. Grateful.

  6. This was a great video. Like Carol said, it was nice to put a face to the name. I check your blog every morning at work to know what’s going on in the area, so that I can let guests know of anything major they need to know about. Working at one of the campgrounds in Big Sur, your blog is very helpful to keep up to date with the community and any disasters that may occur. Keep up the great work Kate! That view from your home is beautiful.

  7. What a blessing and wonderful resource you are to your Big Sur community as well as 1st responders. Keep it going- good vibes Big Sur Kate – be well.

  8. Great video! Nice to meet you, Kate. Excellent resource to prepare for emergencies of all kinds.

  9. Kate..this is just a wonderful video, and I too hope these gals keep going on this and make a documentary with it. I love your story and how this all started. Thanks for doing all you do!

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