CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

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In an emergency situation, response resources will likely be overwhelmed. CERT is a nationally recognized, proactive, and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens like you can make a difference. The main goal of CERT is to help ordinary citizens learn the skills and confidence to effectively respond to others in need without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. 

The City of San Clemente offers a free 20 hour CERT Training Class annually which includes the following skills training: 

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    • Learn how to prepare an emergency kit at home, make a plan with your family, friends, and neighbors, sign up for alert notifications on, and become familiar with the hazards in your community
  • Fire Safety
    • Get hands-on fire extinguisher training and learn how to shut off a gas line valve
  • Disaster Medical Operations
    • Learn how to triage disaster victims, set up a medical treatment area and administer first aid
  • Light Search and Rescue
    • Practice a technique called "cribbing" to extract trapped victims and learn how to methodically search a disaster area for victims
  • Disaster Psychology
    • Learn how to anticipate and treat the emotional toll of a disaster on volunteers and victims
  • Terrorism Awareness
    • Recognize the 8 signs of terrorism and who to report information to if you see suspicious behavior
  • Team Organization
    • Learn the nationally recognized Incident Command System for volunteer organization

Training takes place over a 6 week period and each day is packed with training and hands on exercises. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory to graduate from the program and be eligible to join the City's CERT Team. 


CERT Class 10 - April 2015 Graduation Photo 

San Clemente CERT Team

Citizens who complete the CERT Class and disaster simulation are invited to join the City's CERT Team. The team meets bi-monthly for continued training and participates in several volunteer and outreach events throughout the year such as the San Clemente Ocean Festival and community presentations. 

To provide trained volunteers to support the City of San Clemente in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities creating a self-sustaining community in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

2014 South County Annual Drill

San Clemente CERT Team members at the 2014 South County Annual Drill
CERT Team volunteers take action by: 
Checking on neighbors
Suppressing small fires
Conducting light urban search and rescue
Providing emergency first aid and comfort 
Helping to organize and direct spontaneous volunteers
Provide additional support to the City and local first responders as needed

When disaster strikes….will you be ready?
For more information or to register for CERT Class contact San Clemente CERT Coordinator, Steve Foster (949) 361-6109

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