Palo Alto CERT

Community Emergency Response Team



The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services would like to congratulate Palo Alto's newest CERT graduates!
Twenty students completed twenty-four hours of emergency preparedness and first response training over three weeks and culminating in a five hour Field Day on Saturday, May 1 2016.  They are now prepared to assist their neighbors when the next disaster strikes.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program trains community members in basic disaster response skills, such as small fire suppression, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Want to become a CERT?


April 2016: 
April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 6:30—9:30 pm; April 30: 12-5 pm
Location TBD


Get on our mailing list for future classes by emailing:

Also, check available course offerings with our regional partners:
Mountain View OESRedwood City Fire and Sunnyvale OES . For more information call us at 650-617-3197.



Palo Alto CERT Field Operating Guide (FOG) 
Revised 12 September 2016

OES has updated the Palo Alto CERT Field Operating Guide to version 2.0 (12 September 2016). If you already have a hardcopy FOG, you can replace the updated pages below.
- Page 13 FRS Radio Protocol
- Page 15 PA Neighborhoods
- Page 16 PA Trailer Contents
- Page 21 Cribbing Notes


Damage Assessment Form
Revised 14 April 2016

CERT Manual

CERT Manual Annexes:

CERT Member Site Click Here

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2016
ARES/RACES Changes to Checkins and Frequencies
Monday Night Net Early Check in Change. Beginning on The period of time for early check in to the Palo Alto and North section of the SPECS net is changing. The time for early check in will start, as it has in the past, at 7:30, but it will end at 7:50 to allow 10 minutes before the main SPECS net to check in to the UHF/220 repeater net. This change is also being made by Sunnyvale, which also has an early check in practice like Palo Alto. The regular check in time after the main SPECS net starting about 8:10 to 8:15 (depending on how many announcements there are) will continue as at present. Check in with your AECs if you have questions.

Change to UHF frequencies for CERT District 1 and 4. We have learned over the last several months that our CERT District 1 and 4 primary UHF channels have been interfering with the repeater operations of two organizations who are in compliance with the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NAARC) coordinated repeater plan ( In coordination with the AEC's, Palo Alto OES is directing that we no longer use the primary frequencies for D1: 445.150 MHz and D4: 445.450 MHz and instead immediately begin using the alternate frequencies for D1: 446.000 MHz and D4: 446.400 MHz. Please update your radio programming to make this change.