EAST COUNTY CERT - FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CLASSES
East County CERT – Be Prepared For Disaster
Are you prepared for a disaster? An earthquake or firestorm? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy. FREE disaster training taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue and Santee Fire Department.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area they live. These FREE CERT lessons will train you in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training taught in the classroom and during drill exercises, CERT members will be better prepared to also assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster or other unexpected event when professional responders are not immediately available. Space is limited, register today!
(Due to limited class size, East County CERT training is restricted to residents of El Cajon, La Mesa,Lemon Grove, and Santee.)
Recent CERT Academy Graduates
The class schedule for the 2018 CERT Academy will be posted this fall. Please watch this page for further information.
Once you’ve completed the CERT Academy, there are other areas where you can participate:
Sheltering (Required of all East County CERT members) As a shelter worker you may be asked to perform duties in any one of three keys areas; registration, feeding or dormitory management. You will also be helping to provide a safe place for those affected by disaster..
Emergency Communications/Amateur Radio (Optional Training) CERT Disaster Communications team member will, as needed, be tasked with providing effective communication in the event of a disaster as well as arranging radio support for drills, exercises or other CERT events.
Speakers Bureau (Optional Training, supplemental to CERT through the city volunteer program) As a member of the Speakers Bureau you will be asked to deliver vital emergency preparedness messaging to groups and individuals in a wide variety of settings from more formal presentations to staffing an information booth at a community event. Frequently Asked Questions About CERT
There are also several other CERT programs available in the county! Click here – CERT Council for a complete list of other CERT programs.