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.