Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The City of Yorba Linda, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Orange County Fire Authority, the City of Brea, and the City of Placentia, has established a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program to educate people about disaster preparedness. Although the City of Yorba Linda provides a tri-city training program with the City of Brea and City of Placentia, graduates are managed separately by each respective jurisdiction.

The Yorba Linda CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills. The goal of Yorba Linda CERT is to provide citizens with the basic skills to protect themselves, their family, and neighbors in the aftermath of a disaster. As a CERT volunteer, you can help by responding to the immediate needs of your neighborhood following an event when professional emergency responders are not immediately available to help.

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CERT is a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Citizen Corps Program. CERT training is provided using a nationally recognized curriculum approved by FEMA. The course requires 20 hours of training which is composed of hands-on and classroom instruction given by certified professionals in emergency management, as well as authorized fire and police service personnel. All courses must be completed to be considered a graduate of the program. CERT training is provided free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

Training Topics

  • CERT Team Organization
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism Awareness

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The next session of CERT classes will begin on May 31 and classes will be held at locations in the City of Brea and the City of Placentia. View the complete schedule below, or view a printable class schedule (PDF)


To enroll, complete the online CERT Registration Form or submit the registration form (PDF) to City Hall. For additional information, please email Mike Ferdig, Emergency Management Coordinator, or call 714-961-7104.

Training Schedule

Class Title Topics Covered Date/Time Location
Class 1
Unit 1
Unit 6
Disaster Preparedness
CERT Organization/ICS
Friday, May 31, 2019
6:30-10 p.m.
City of Placentia
City Hall/Council Chambers
401 East Chapman
Placentia, CA 92870
Class 2
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Disaster Medical Operations, Parts I & II
Fire Suppression
Saturday, June 1, 2019
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
City of Brea
City Yard
545 Berry Street
Brea, CA 92821
Class 3
Unit 7
Unit 8
Disaster Psychology
Terrorism Awareness
Friday, June 7, 2019
6:30-10 p.m.
City of Placentia
City Hall/Council Chambers
401 East Chapman
Placentia, CA 92870
Class 4
Unit 5
Unit 9
Light Search & Rescue 
Disaster Simulation Exercises
CERT Final Exam
Saturday, June 8, 2019
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
City of Placentia
City Hall/Council Chambers
401 East Chapman
Placentia, CA 92870