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.
Next CERT Class
We hold CERT classes twice a year, every fall and spring. The dates for our Spring 2017 class are February 21-April 11 (8 Tuesday evenings in a row, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM). Our Spring 2017 class is full and we are no longer able to accept participants. You may submit and application if you would like to be notified when we schedule our next class.
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.
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.