Classes of Interest
The Sonoma County
CERT Association was organized to promote the CERT program in Sonoma County.
The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training program is designed
to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the
event of a catastrophic disaster such as earthquake, flood, fire or other
widespread event that affects our area, when emergency services are not
available to provide for immediate assistance.
The basic CERT training
is provided through a combination of classroom work and exercises, practicing
the skills and theories learned in class lectures and discussions. CERT
Classes are usually provided over a period of 4 or more weeks. The 20
to 27 hours, of training, depending on the specific classes available
from your local CERT Program, includes: Disaster Preparedness; Fire Safety,
which includes use of a fire extinguisher; two classes in Medical Operations
- one of which covers life saving and triage and the other, the practical
use of dressings, bandages, splints and other traumatic injury care; Light
Search & Rescue; CERT Organization, including team management; Disaster
Psychology; and a Final Exercise of a simulated disaster scenario. Some
CERT groups also may include a class on Terrorism and how CERT members
can respond to a terrorism incident. In Addition, some CERT groups also
cover HAM radio use and provide access to becoming licensed HAM radio
of the basic training and Program graduation, CERT members can often
join with others in their neighborhoods or workplaces to form teams
capable to respond to a disaster when professional first responders
are not immediately available to help. CERT teams learn to be creative
and observant, to make the most of available resources and people
in increasing everyone's ability to make it through a disaster until
the arrival of emergency services and aid, whether that period lasts
3 days or 3 weeks or more.
also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking
a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Examples include obtaining a ham radio license and radio training,
to assisting in communications during local and regional emergencies,
seeking advanced first aid and CPR training through the Red Cross
or other agency providing support training to CERT members, and
by becoming a member of a Volunteer Fire Corps unit which is available
through several Sonoma County Fire departments or districts.
the basic skill set and learn obtain more advanced training, the
Sonoma CERT Coordinating Committee, made up of agency coordinators
and representatives from the Sonoma County Cities, the County of
Sonoma, the Sonoma County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and
the Sonoma County Volunteer Center, will be producing opportunities
for practical and leadership training throughout the year.
in learning more?
Check our Events
page for information on upcoming informational meetings, and contact
the CERT coordinator in
- check out footage of one of our skills refresher/training Challenges
and one of our CERT teams.
CERT Class, Tracy, CA
Emergency Response Team (BERT) 2008 Drill
Citizen Corps (CCC)
Los Angeles same video as CCC, with links to lots of
information and materials
Though CitizenCorps, you can take some online classes including:
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
Intro into Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
in the Local News
embraces disaster preparedness,
The Press Democrat, June 11, 2009
Real First Responders, The Bohemian, March 18, 2009
An email list just for Sonoma County CERT members! To join, please
check visit the list's
WE Prepare site helps families create customized disaster plans.