The City of San José’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a 20-hour commitment. CERT educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that are most likely to occur in San José and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide volunteer training that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks.
CERT volunteers are trained to respond safely, responsibly and effectively to emergency situations, but they can also support their communities during non-emergency events as well. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.
Through hands-on practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:
The CERT Basic Course is delivered by a team of San José first responders, and other qualified volunteers. It includes the following components:
The City of San José is currently updating its CERT program and anticipates debuting the program this Spring.
Please complete and submit this form to receive announcements of when and where CERT classes will take place.
Until the new CERT program comes to your neighborhood, get started by taking these free, self-paced online courses from FEMA:
IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
IS-315: CERT Supplemental Training, the Incident Command System (ICS)