The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, 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. The CERT Program is a dynamic community of volunteers who want to help their neighbors!

Tip of the Month...


Power outages are a reality at any time of year, but certainly are more likely to happen suddenly during windy and stormy weather.  What can you do to be better prepared for sudden power outage?

  • Have battery-powered and/or solar lights & lamps

  • Freeze bottles of water in your freezer.  Move frozen bottles into refrigerator during outages, to keep food colder for a bit longer.

  • Know how to "manually" open your garage door!  Electric garage door opener won't work in a power outage.

  • Have alternate ways of charging your devices - ie: charging bricks



        > Read the February 2021  CERT News.

Other resources:

  • The National CERT Association (NCA) - there is an annual fee for this optional resource: 

  • To log onto Neon (our CERT database), please click on "Member Login" button below.

Sandra Firpo

Emergency Services Specialist

Community Outreach/CERT

1900 O'Farrell Street, Suite 375
San Mateo, CA 94403


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