Community Emergency Response Team

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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 training from both the classroom and exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. 

 CERT class participants

The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services would like to congratulate Palo Alto's newest CERT graduates! On the top, our March 2020 team graduated in March of 2021 (delayed due to COVID-19), and on the bottom are our April 2021 graduates. They are now prepared to assist their neighbors when the next disaster strikes.



Upcoming CERT Classes


  • Spring 2021 
    •  Hybrid CERT Basic Training will begin Monday, April 5th. Online study will be at your own pace. A Q&A/Review Session will be held Thursday, April 22nd to review the information covered and answer any questions trainees may have.
    • Field Day is Saturday, April 24th, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Fall 2021
    •  CERT Basic Training will begin Tuesday, September 7th and will meet in person on 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 September from 6:30-9:30pm.  
    • Field Day is Sunday, September 26th, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

    Our Fall CERT Class is full.  

You can also view CERT course offerings from our local public safety partners: Mountain View OESRedwood City Fire, and Sunnyvale OES.

 Completing either the Spring or Fall CERT curriculum certifies you to be a supplemental responder during major emergencies.


CERT Online Resources

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Important CERT guides, manuals, training videos, and slides.



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