What is the CERT Program?The City of Santa Clarita Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is designed to help families, neighborhoods, schools and businesses prepare for effective disaster/emergency response through training and preplanning.
This training covers basic skills that are important to know when emergency services are not immediately available. You can make a difference by using the training to save lives and protect property.
Emergency responders, emergency management personnel and emergency trained volunteers provide training. Program material covers earthquakes, fires, flood, hazardous incidents and other life-threatening situations.
This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified course does not require previous knowledge for participation. First Aid Training is recommended. CERT Is under the leadership of the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles Fire Department.
What Does a CERT Participant Learn?Community Emergency Response Training instructs individuals to prepare to respond to anticipated disruption and potential hazards following a disaster. Participants will learn to:
- Recognize the potential hazards associated with a particular type of emergency and take the appropriate action.
- Identify, organize and utilize available resources and people.
- Treat for life-threatening conditions through Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (S.T.A.R.T.).
What Does CERT Involve?
Participants attend a total of 21 class room hours. Classes include lecture, videos and interactive participation and skills assessment.
$30/person fee includes all course materials and equipment. Sessions are scheduled in three-hour blocks for seven consecutive weekly sessions; and, or for three Saturdays, seven hours each day.