Community Emergency Response Team

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. 

The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services would like to congratulate Palo Alto's newest CERT graduates! Thirteen participants graduated on March 26, 2022; they are now prepared to assist their neighbors when the next disaster strikes.  

Upcoming CERT Classes


Spring 2022

  • CERT Basic Training will begin Monday, March 7, 2022 and will meet in person on March 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  
  • Field Day is Saturday, March 26, noon - 4 p.m.  

Fall 2022

  • CERT Basic Training will begin Tuesday, September 6, 2022 and will meet in person on September 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  
  • Field Day is Sunday, September 25, noon - 4 p.m 

Register now for a Palo Alto CERT course in 2022.   

Important Note: We will also ask you to complete three online modules on your own time (each module should require about an hour to complete), before the first class.  Instructions are posted here(PDF, 125KB).(PDF, 125KB)

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

 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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