Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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Next CERT Class


We have completed all classes for 2017. Our next class will be offered in the first part of 2018, dates have yet to be determined. If you are interested, you may submit an online application below. Classes are typically offered once a week for three hours in an 8-week series. 


Applications


         Print & mail in: CERT Class Application (PDF)
         Or Submit Online

Requirements


There is a requirement to attend all sessions, establish a 3-day home emergency kit, obtain personal safety equipment, and be a willing team participant. Cost for personal safety equipment is approximately $30 and it’s advised to purchase equipment on your own to ensure proper fitting. The basic equipment information and where to purchase will be explained at the first class.


History

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985. They recognized that people will likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. Accordingly, the fire department decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of people to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. The training program proved to be so successful in Los Angeles, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency felt the concept should be made available to communities nationwide. The CERT materials were expanded to make them applicable to all types of disasters and provided to local agencies. Recognizing the value of this program the City of Everett Office of Emergency Management and the Everett Fire Department have regularly offered CERT classes to our community since 1999. 

Everett's CERT Program


The Everett Office of Emergency Management offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class every fall and spring.  The 8-week training course is conducted one evening each week and covers a variety of planning, prevention, and manipulative skills aimed at surviving a disaster. Participants will be expected to attend all 8 sessions, establish a three (3) day home survival kit, obtain personal safety equipment, and be a willing team participant. CERT is about people helping people.

CERT Program Levels
CERT Member:
1) Successfully completed the CERT Training
2) Lives and/or works in the Everett vicinity, and
3) Desires to assist their neighborhood and community in a disaster or major emergency.

This level of CERT member is given opportunities throughout the year to participate in trainings and exercises, and volunteer at a number of events. 

Registered Emergency Worker CERTs:
Fulfills the same requirements as above, PLUS:
1) Completes and passes a City of Everett background check
2) Successfully completes FEMA course IS-100.b "Introduction to the Incident Command System" available at https://training.fema.gov/is/. This course can be done at your own leisure and speed on your home computer. If you already have taken this course, you just need to send a copy of your certificate to slavelle@everettwa.gov

Once you have submitted the necessary documentation to the Everett Office of Emergency Management, you will be provided directions for obtaining a photo ID badge identifying you as a "Registered Emergency Worker" CERT. This level of CERT member is given permission to enter the City's secure Emergency Operations Center and will be invited to participate in select training opportunities. 

Submit your completed background check and packet and copy of your IS-100 certificate of completion to: 

Rachael Doniger
Everett Office of Emergency Management
2801 Oakes Ave., Everett, WA 98201
or email to rdoniger@everettwa.gov