What is CERT?

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The Huntington Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was founded in 1991. It has now expanded to all 50 states as a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) endorsed training program. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations. CERT prepares you to help yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community in the event of a disaster.

Huntington Beach has highly trained and well-equipped public safety personnel, but if a major disaster occurs, fire and police personnel will not be able to immediately respond to all calls for help. It could take more than 72-hours before public safety personnel would be able respond to your home or business during a major disaster.

What do CERT Volunteers do?

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CERT volunteers are trained to prepare for and respond to a disaster until first responders arrive.  Through hands-on training, practice and realistic exercises, CERT members:

In Huntington Beach, CERT volunteers routinely support to the Fire and Police Departments with tasks such as sandbagging, providing first aid at major events, helping with communications and more. In the event of a disaster, a CERT volunteer would first take care of self, family, and then neighbors. If requested, they could also report to the city and perform duties such as providing damage assessment information, sheltering support, checking on the frail and elderly, and other tasks as requested by the Fire and Police Departments. 

How Do I Join CERT?

In order to become a CERT volunteer, you must complete a 20 hour FEMA/CERT training class. The class is typically held twice each year in Huntington Beach. In addition, you must take one very short on-line FEMA class. Upon successfully completion both items, you can become a CERT volunteer.  To register for the class, click here or visit the On Line Class Registration link noted on the left side column of this page. 

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What Will I Learn?

In the 20 Hour CERT Training classes you will learn how to:

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To contact the CERT Office, please call (714) 374-1565


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City of Huntington Beach
Fire Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5411
Fax: (714) 374-1551

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