Community Emergency Response Team

CERT program participant with the assistance of two firefighters put out a fire.To register for the basic training class:

  • Call 626-588-CERT
  • Email us with your name, address and phone.

Join Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) to become properly trained for emergency situations. In the hours following a disaster, emergency response agencies may be overwhelmed and unable to respond immediately to your neighborhood. CERT program participants are provided with skills to survive a disaster and provide neighborhood assistance until emergency agencies arrive.

Basic CERT Training Program

Based on FEMA's CERT Program, here is what you'll learn:

  • Emergency Disaster Preparedness - how to prepare for a major disaster by making homes safer and stocking supplies that are important to have in the home in case of an emergency.
  • First Aid - how to perform life-saving techniques such as first-aid, fire suppression, light search and rescue.
  • Communications and Good Team Work - development of these skills is very important to being successful and the instructors emphasize them in the training.
  • Required Text - "Community Emergency Response Team, Participant Handbook" Cost: Free! Handbook and most materials and equipment for this class will provided for free.

Course Syllabus

  • Session 1 - Disaster Preparedness
  • Session 2 - Fire Suppression
  • Session 3 - Disaster Medical Operations - Part 1
  • Session 4 - Disaster Medical Operations - Part 2
  • Session 5 - Light Search And Rescue
  • Session 6 - Terrorism Module
  • Session 7 - Disaster Psychology And Team Organization
  • Course Review And Disaster Simulation
  • Meeting 8 - Graduation

CERT & Community Events

  • CERT team members help the community prepare for the winter rains by filling sandbags.
  • CERT team members help recruit new members and distribute pamphlets about disaster preparedness at local events.