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Emergency Response Programs

Complete free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and become part of a CERT team in your neighborhood. CERT teams train to provide aid to disaster victims and assist first responders in the event of an emergency. Team members provide community education in disaster preparedness and assist with first aid and crowd control at community events.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using the model created by the Los Angeles Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the CERT concept in 1994.  Since then, CERTs has been established in hundreds of communities.  

Emergencies occur in our communities, neighborhoods, and workplaces every day.  We also know that a large-scale disaster (such as an earthquake) will quickly overwhelm local professional responders.  CERT training will prepare  you to:

To find out more about CERT teams in Mendocino County, contact Yvett Magallon, NCO Volunteer Network Program Coordinator at or (707) 462-1959, or visit the CERT website.

To find out more about CERT teams in Lake County, contact Monica Vanoven, NCO Volunteer Network Program Coordinator at (707) 263-4688 ext. 421 or