CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)

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About CERT

Many neighborhoods in Los Gatos & Monte Sereno have organized for disaster preparedness and received the added benefit of developing a safer, friendlier place to live.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is one of the most visible Town emergency preparedness programs, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This 21-hour course offers training in disaster preparation response and recovery skills.

Sessions include:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Light search and rescue
  • Damage assessment
  • Disaster fire suppression
  • Disaster medical operations
  • Neighborhood preparedness
  • Terrorism/Hazmat
  • Disaster psychology
  • CERT team organization

During disasters, police and fire department personnel may be unavailable to respond to all emergency events. CERT members may be called upon to serve in their neighborhoods, as well as areas outside of their immediate neighborhoods.

CERT, under the direction of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, has identified CERT neighborhoods and is establishing Neighborhood Incident Command Posts to assist CERT members with emergency response efforts during a disaster.

Become A CERT Member

You can find your CERT neighborhood by viewing the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno CERT Neighborhood Map

This course is designed to be a fun, interactive learning experience for adults of all ages. The final session is an exercise that includes a disaster drill and fire extinguisher training. Please confirm your attendance, as seats are limited. All Sessions are required to graduate. There is a $35 Fee for the CERT Academy. For more information on the CERT program please contact Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator at (408) 354-6853 or e-mail Santa Clara County Fire info@sccfd.net 

UPDATE:  Due to COVID-19, CERT Training Classes are postponed until further notice

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