Departments

CERT

  Community Emergency Response Team

(CERT) Program 

Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility - and the City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is a great way for neighbors to join together and prepare for potential disaster such as earthquake, major fire, or flood.

The CERT program educates you and your neighbors about how you can best prepare your household, family, and neighborhood, and how to respond during the aftermath of a disaster that impacts your neighborhood. It provides community members with training in basic disaster response skills including:

  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster medical operations

A disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Your family and neighborhood may be without basic services like water, gas, electricity, and telephones, or access to stores and other services for several hours or days.

While public safety personnel will be on the scene after a disaster, they cannot reach everyone right away. Using the skills learned in the classroom and during hands-on training exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster, when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Click on the links below to learn about the City's CERT program, and how you and your neighborhood can get involved.