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...

Wildfire "season" is here.  Drought is here.  Whether you live in a city or in a more wildland area, now is the time to improve conditions in and around your home and property. 

Some good advice from CalFire can be found here:  Ready for Wildfire You should also become familiar with a NEW resource called "Zonehaven."  It is important to "Know Your Zone." 

Here is the website to look up your zone, and post it on your refrigerator.  Tell your friends, family, and neighbors!



If you're a CERT member and would like to review the CE Class on Zonehaven, check it out on our YouTube page!





          >  Read the May 2021  CERT News.

Other CERT 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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