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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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…

​Can Drivers SEE You? –

With the earlier sunset, it is harder for drivers to see pedestrians, bicyclists, and even motorcyclists.

Help yourself, and drivers, by ensuring that you are wearing clothing that makes you visible, as well as lights and/or reflectors on any equipment you have:  bicycle, cane, dog leash, scooter, motorbike, backpack, etc.

Reflective tape, reflectors, even festive holiday lights, can be used on clothing, shoes, and equipment.  Wearing a light colored (white, beige) jacket and white shoes can be helpful in making you easier to see.

High visibility outerwear – such as a neon yellow wind breaker or jacket – are easy to wear, and make you easier to see by drivers.

Be sure you can be “seen” from any angle. 

        >  Happy New Year!  The January 2022 CERT News is posted here:  CERT News.


Additional resources:

  • To log onto Neon (our CERT database for SMC Fire CERT members), please click on “Member Login” button above.

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Useful Links

72 HoursGet Ready – CERT
American Red CrossHome Safety
ASPCA Pets in DisasterNational Organization on Disability
Centers for Disease Control & PreventionSan Mateo County Department of Emergency Management
Citizen CorpsSMC Alert
Federal Emergency Management AgencyUS Geological Survey
Foster City Amateur Radio ServiceKnow Your Zone – Zonehaven