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 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28: 6:30-9:30 pm; May 1: 12-5 pm
679 Pampas Lane, Stanford University

September 2016:
September 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28: 6:30—9:30 pm; Oct 1: 12-5 pm
679 Pampas Lane, Stanford University

Register for course dates for calendar year 2016 here. 

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 10 March 2016

Damage Assessment Form
Revised 14 April 2016

CERT Manual

CERT Manual Annexes:

CERT Member Site Click Here

Last Updated: May 18, 2016
Congratulations Dan Melick 2015 Palo Alto Mick McDonald Volunteer of the Year
The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services would like to congratulate Dan Melick for his selection as the Mick McDonald Volunteer of the Year for Palo Alto. Dan was presented this award at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on December 17th, 2015.

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.