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...

Are you ready for a Power Outage? 

You may have heard of PSPS Alerts.  "Public Safety Power Shutoffs" have been adopted by all the utility agencies across the state of California.  The strategy is to pre-emptively shut-off power, when certain weather conditions arise, to help prevent a spark that could cause a wildfire.

If a PSPS is called for your area, you may be without electricity for several DAYS.  Plan ahead by having back-up power supplies for your medical devices that require electrical charging, as well as your phone and other electronics.

Is there someone who lives out of your immediate area where you can go during the day to charge batteries and devices? 



If you're a CERT member and would like to watch, or review, a CE class, check our our YouTube page!




          >  The JUNE 2021 edition of  CERT News  is here!


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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