Disaster Preparedness

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Community Preparedness

The City of Alameda Fire Department coordinates the emergency management and disaster preparedness program for the City by working with the Fire and Police department, city staff, partner agencies, businesses and citizens to minimize risk by actively seeking to mitigate hazards, to prepare for, respond to, and successfully recover from natural or manmade disasters when they strike.

In its efforts to prepare and inform the community and its residents in case of disasters, the City of Alameda Fire Department offers the following training programs, notification methods, and city planning and response information:

  • Community Emergency Response Team Training
  • Map Your Neighborhood
  • Radio 1280 AM, Alameda Radio
  • Emergency Operation Plan (EOP)
  • Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • City General Plan - Health and Safety Section 8

Personal Preparedness


It's everyone's responsibility to be prepared.  The City of Alameda highest priority is to the safety of its residents, but when disaster strikes being personally prepared will lessen the impact on our community. So let's get started! Check out the links below to help you build a kit, make a family plan, and put together the kind of supplies that will help you and your family survive if disaster strikes.

Neighborhood Preparedness

Help your neighborhood prepare with the "Map Your Neighborhood" program. This self guided program helps neighborhoods get to know one another, identify neighbors that may need a little extra help in the event of a disaster and learn skills you can use after a disaster such as locating and shutting off gas valves and other safety tips and ideas to help you prepare.  The program is free to Alameda residents.  

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program

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

The course is taught in six class sessions:

  • Personal Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation
  • Disaster Medical 1 
  • Disaster Medical 2 
  • Fire Suppression / Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Awareness 
  • Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Mitigation / Terrorism Response 
  • Disaster Search Techniques & Completion Exercise

The CERT Class is held at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Square room 201 Alameda, CA 94501

CERT courses are given four times throughout the year.  Register online click here. Download CERT application here.(PDF, 105KB)  

For more information or to register, contact the CERT Office at (510) 337-2129 or email the office.

Are you already a CERT graduate? Check out our our new graduate web site 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!  http://www.alamedacert.org

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 Captain Sharon Oliver, telephone: 510-337-2131, email: soliver@alamedaca.gov.