Neighborhood Watch & CERT


  • Contact: Lenore Combs

  • Meets: 3rd Monday of Month @ 3 PM in Retzlaff Hall

  • Location: Retzlaff.Hall

  • Purpose:

    • Security and safety are part of our daily lives albeit not necessarily convenient.  The SCCE Neighborhood Watch is a volunteer program and you are cordially invited to support it. There are no fees or dues - just asking for your time and talent for our projects. There is a complete description of our mission and projects posted on the NW bulletin board in the Library. Patrols can always use volunteers.

  • Goals & Objectives:

    • To assist with development and support of our NW

    • To promote public awareness and increase resident participation in crime prevention

    • To contribute to crime prevention practice and build a stronger Sunshine community

    • To promote community cohesion and increase confidence in local policing

    • To act as a forum - coordinate resources and partner with local Law Enforcement Agencies

  • The CERT Team - Community Emergency Response Team:

    • Volunteers trained in accordance with the Harlingen Fire Department "to hold down the fort until professional help arrives". We formed after Hurricane Dolly in 2008. We hold our annual Disaster Preparedness meeting each April. Everyone invited. The volunteer Harlingen CERT Team meets monthly at Station 8.

  • Many of us also are members in the Citizens Police Academy Alumni and meet with HPD monthly. Sgt. Michael Brooks and Officer Alicia Garcia are CPA liaisons and meet frequently with our NW.​

  • The NW - CERT Welcome Letter 2019 -2020 edition is available HERE.



From: SEPO Community <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:09 PM
Subject: on Calling 911

There was a discussion concerning calling 911 at the April 15 NW-CERT meeting. No matter where you live it's definitely worth the read to assist you if you ever need to call 911.

Per Beth - Since attachments can't be sent via the e-mail system that Sunshine uses, the document can be found HERE.
-- Lenore J Combs


From: SEPO Community <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:38 PM
Subject: NEXTDOOR – a social networking service

Dear NW-CERT Volunteers and Friends, Reference:  NEXTDOOR – a social networking service.

Please read the document found HERE in order to clear up some issues/questions concerning the NEXTDOOR Web site. Thx

-- Lenore J Combs


From: SEPO Community <>
Sent: Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:27 PM
Subject: NW - CERT "How to Safeguard Your Home Against Crime & Burglary"


Dear Friends,

You can find a general list of suggestions from Sgt. Michael Brooks HPD by clicking on this title How to Safeguard Your Home against Crime and Burglary etc.

SCCE has Operation ID already in place.  Information and Inventory Lists are on the NW bulletin board in the Library. Along with a "property list", it is advised to make a photo CD of your stuff - the Insurance people will luv it.  Call me for further info.
Report All Suspicious Activity  956 216 5940
This is a non-emergency phone number to the Police Department.
You will speak with a person - so please have your details ready.
What - where - when - how - why etc.
If you have an emergency or crime in progress call 911
Crime in progress: who - where - what - any weapons etc. DO NOT INTERVENE!
Medical emergency: what- are they breathing, are they conscious, are they bleeding
     know your location - any other pertinent info. 
Also - a word about weather.....  June - November = Hurricane Season
According to a 30 year average prediction, there are 14 named storms, 6 predicted hurricanes including 2 major.
There are Disaster materials in the Library for you. - Be Prepared!
By the way, while on Patrol, your Neighborhood Watch became aware of lots of potential "flying stuff" laying around - especially in the Storage Lot.  And is your shed tied down according to standards?
Please be proactive and be prepared. 😊
Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276
NW - CERT Coordinator



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