CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training
Mission: To do the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
For CERT class dates and registration, visit Ready Marin.
In the event of a major disaster, professional emergency services may be overwhelmed and unavailable for long periods of time. The widespread needs of the community will depend upon voluntary assistance. With this in mind, the local governments in Marin County have adopted a citizen training program called Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). CERT is designed to provide hands-on training to become self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a disaster such as an earthquake, flood, or a wildland fire.
CERT teams are trained in basic emergency response procedures such as:
- Conducting an initial size-up of the situation in their immediate area
- Reducing immediate dangers by turning off utilities, suppressing small fires, and evacuating hazardous areas
- Performing immediate medical triage and basic treatment of injuries
- Assessing structural integrity and performing light search and rescue
- Collecting and recording vital information to be relayed to professional responders on damage, victims, and actions taken or resources needed
- Providing leadership to untrained volunteers
Marin County CERT offers CERT Basic training to our community members. Please visit Ready Marin for more information and to review the training calendar. Classes are offered 10 times a year and are open to the community to attend any session that works best for their schedule. CERT Basic session: 20-hours, student registration is $50 and includes materials. Advanced trainings for CERT graduates are also available on the Marin County CERT website.