Community Emergency Response Team Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a national program designed to prepare Palo Alto residents to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. The CERT program is free to all citizens of Palo Alto & Stanford University. 

Over the course of three weeks, CERT members receive training in earthquake awareness, disaster fire suppression techniques, disaster medical operations, first aid/CPR, and light search-and-rescue, as well as team organization and management. CERT training culminates with a disaster simulation and comprehensive course review. 

All classes are taught by trained instructors with an emphasis on hands-on practice. Following a disaster, CERT teams can extinguish small fires, turn off gas inlets to damaged homes, perform light search and rescue, and render basic first aid. The CERT program provides an effective response capability. 

CERT Basic Course Registration.


  • Monday, March 06, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 08, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
  • Monday, March 13, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
  • Monday, March 20, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 | 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 25, 2023 | 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM


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