We can CERTainly prepare for a disaster.
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CERT Richmond

What happens in a disaster?

A major earthquake, or one of numerous other potential disasters, may occur in the city at any time, causing widespread damage and destruction to homes, highways, and businesses.

 A disaster will likely disrupt normal activities.  Police, Fire, 9-1-1, and ambulances will be quickly overwhelmed, and they may not be able to respond for days or weeks. Citizens need to be able to take care of themselves until the professional emergency responders arrive. It is the responsible thing to do. The city alone cannot possibly respond to all emergencies in a disaster. It is important to remember the following: Victims have a 99.3% chance of survival if rescued in the first 30 min. Victims have a 81% chance of survival if rescued in the first day. Victims have a 34 % chance of survival if rescued in the second day. You can make a difference in the lives of people you care about and in your community. Make sure your family has a basic emergency plan, and get engaged in our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Let's be CERTain we're all prepared!

There’s no harm in hoping for the best as long as you’re prepared for the worst.
— Stephen King

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Upcoming CERT Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a FREE emergency training program to empower our community to prepare for and overcome the effects of any disaster that can disrupt our daily lives.

Learn basic skills that can mean the difference between being a victim or a survivor in the next emergency.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, you must attend all classes and the Hands-on drill. Arrangements can be made to make-up classes.  You can take a CERT class in a town where you don't live. The next CERT classes will be offered in the spring. Sign up for our newsletter (above) to receive updates.

Richmond CERT (English)
Registration is required to sign up for the CERT Training. Register here.
CERT modules are from 9 a.m to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

  • CERT Introduction; Fire Suppression/Utilities Shutoff/Hazardous Awareness (Sat. Mar. 30, 2019)

  • Disaster Medical 1 & 2 (Sun. Mar. 31, 2019)

  • Light Search & Rescue; CERT Organization (Sat. Apr. 13, 2019)

  • Disaster Psychology; Terrorism (Sun. Apr. 14, 2019)

  • CERT Drill Day (Sat. Apr. 27, 2019, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
    Call 510-620-6866 or email cert@ci.richmond.ca.us.

Martinez CERT (English)
Offering TWO CERT classes.
Tuesdays 6-9:30 PM March 19 - April 23 + Drill
Saturdays 8 AM - 1 PM March 23 - April 13 + Drill
Register here.

El Cerrito/Kensington (English)
Tuesdays, March 5 - April 23 + Drill May 18th
Register here.