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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

In a catastrophic disaster, government resources (people and supplies) may not be available for several days following the event.  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program provides education in disaster preparedness and provides training in basic emergency skills.  By preparing neighborhoods and community groups with basic emergency skills we can lessen the effects of a disaster and help sustain ourselves until assistance can arrive.

CERT Program CollageThe City of Berkeley offers free CERT training to anyone who lives or works in Berkeley.  You must be 18 years of age or older to attend the trainings.  Curriculum includes disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue operations, CERT Organization as well as continuing education courses. 

Berkeley CERT approaches community preparedness through three key components: Response, Training, and Volunteering.  Looking at the community's role even before a disaster, citizens must take steps to respond to their own needs for training.  Community members plug into preparedness by working on program development, as volunteer trainers, as subject matter experts and as community volunteer responders.

CERT Update

Berkeley CERT volunteers help prepare the city for the "river in the sky" storm in December 2014.

Berkeley CERT has added a training video on Fire Safety and CERT response.  View the Fire Suppression Safety video here.

Berkeley CERT's academy trains new CERT members in organized response and equipped these community leaders with basic skills to help themselves, their families and their community in disaster.  Berkeley CERT Academy webpage.

Berkeley CERT conducted flood control and response training in February 2012 to hlep CERT members be ready to respond to winter storms in their community.  Watch Berkeley CERT's Expedient Flood Training Video to learn some of these important skills and to see how CERT continues to help with preparing our community for emergencies.


Response Training Volunteer

Berkeley Emergency Prep Fair 2014 After Action Report

Schedule of Classes

Volunteer Opportunities
Berkeley CERT Citywide Exercise  2013 After Action Report CERT Training Overview Volunteer Program Operations Guide
CERT Flood Response AAR (After Action Report)

Continuing Education

CERT Above Ground Water System Exercise After Action Report  

CERT Resources and Materials

  Training Videos and Links  



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