Alameda CERT

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)  CERT Logo - Small - Web Version

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course provides training to Alameda residents and employees of Alameda businesses to help increase self-sufficiency in the event of a disaster. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and neighbors.

The course is taught in five class sessions and a final exercise:

  • Personal Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation

 This introductory class provides an overview of the entire series and information on how to prepare your home and your family. We will cover important steps to take before the next earthquake.

  • Disaster Medical 1  & Disaster Medical 2

Learn basic triage – the sorting and prioritizing of the sick and injured. Learn how to give initial care, use basic first aid techniques, and how to prepare for the extended care of a disaster victim.  Learn the elements of critical incident stress management.

  • Fire Suppression / Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Awareness, and Terrorism/ Active Shooter Response 

This class will provide students with basic fire theory, extinguishment methods for various fuel types, and how and when to use a fire  extinguisher.  The class also includes hazardous materials awareness, a discussion about Terrorism, and active shooter incidents and what to do to protect yourself and others.

  • Disaster Search Techniques & Completion Exercise

Students will learn to recognize structural damage, how to make a systematic search for people who are unable to self evacuate and techniques to move heavy objects that impede rescue. An introduction to basic Incident Command System (ICS) will also be taught. The completion exercise includes size-up techniques, search and rescue, extinguisher use, and triage.     

The CERT classes are held at the City Hall West 950 West Mall Square room 201, Alameda, CA 

CERT courses are given four times throughout the year. 

CERT course one has been canceled due to the Coronavirus

Register of the CERT course - Online registration

2020-CERT-Course-Schedule-Registration-PDF.pdf(PDF, 113KB)

 For more information, contact the CERT Office at (510) 337-2129 or


Are you already a CERT graduate? Check out our our new graduate website where you will be able to find continuing education classes,  upcoming training exercises, and events. Find out what CERT district you live in and get involved!

Alameda CERT is a public program of the City of Alameda.  Your donation of money, equipment, or supplies to Alameda CERT may be tax deductible. Check with your personal tax adviser to be sure.   For more information about donating to Alameda CERT, please contact  Alameda CERT program coordinator Captain Sharon Oliver, telephone: 510-337-2131, email: