Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The City of Yorba Linda, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County Fire Authority has established a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program to educate people about disaster preparedness. 


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.

Requirements

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

neXt training session

The next session of CERT classes will begin on September 7 and classes will be held at the Yorba Linda Community Center. View the complete printable class schedule (PDF)

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

To enroll, complete the online CERT Registration Form. Another option is to complete and mail or email the fillable CERT Registration Form (PDF) version.

For additional information, please email Chris Pena, Emergency Management Coordinator, or call 714-961-7118.