Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

 21 Hours - $35.00 (Fee covers participant's safety equipment and training material.)

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The Community Emergency Response Team program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their immediate area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as: fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Using classroom and simulation based education; CERT members can assist others in the neighborhood or workplace immediately following an event when emergency responders may not be immediately available to help. Taking CERT training is easy, fun and a great way for your business or neighborhood to strengthen working and personal relationships that will be vital in responding to an emergency.

CERT training is only $35.00 and is accomplished in about 21-hours culminating with a final disaster simulation exercise applying the skills participants have learned.

Training is broken up into eight (8) modules:

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  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Operations
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Disaster Simulation Exercise

Please contact SCCFD at (408) 378-4010 or via email and provide your full name, email address, phone number, address and class dates.

(408) 378-4010 or

2016 CERT Course Schedules: 
Campbell CERT (January)
Los Altos Hills CERT (February/March)
Saratoga CERT (April)
Cupertino CERT (July)
Los Altos CERT (September)
Los Gatos/Monte Sereno CERT (October/November)

Additional Resources:
Collaborating Agencies Disaster Relief Efforts (CADRE) 
FEMA Emergency Supply List
Ready? Prepare.Plan.Stay Informed
Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklist

Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP)

3 hours - FREE

Learn how to prepare to be on your own for several days after the next large disaster. Training includes review of disaster supply kit, home and workplace preparedness, treating life threatening conditions, fire prevention, fire extinguishers and hazardous materials.

Are You Prepared to...Help yourself...Help your family… and add a little PEP into your life!

When disaster strikes, it may be days before emergency medical, police and fire arrive in your neighborhood. The purpose of this course in Personal Emergency Preparedness is to inform and prepare individuals to be self sufficient for days after an area wide emergency.This course will assist individuals and families to plan and be prepared in event of an emergency or disaster. The Personal Emergency Preparedness course is a 3-hour class designed for families to be able to survive the first 72 hours of a disaster.

EmergPrepRoadEmergency Preparedness topics include:

  • The impact of an area-wide disaster for individuals and community
  • Workplace and home safety
  • Earthquake emergency supplies to have available
  • Fire safety and how to use a fire extinguisher
  • What to do when your phones don’t work; how to contact your family members
  • When and how to turn gas/electrical/water off
  • Household hazardous materials

Please contact SCCFD at (408) 378-4010 or via email and provide your full name, email address, phone number, residential/work address and class date.

PEP Class Schedule:
2016 Schedule 

(408) 378-4010 or

Senior Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP): Town of Los Altos Hills

In these classes you will learn about:

  • Disaster Impact on the Infrastructure: The potential effect of disasters on transportation, electrical service, telephone communication, food, water, and shelter, fuel and emergency services.
  • Home and Workplace Preparedness: Create a disaster supplies kit and how to prepare in advance to manage a disaster.
  • Structural and Nonstructural Hazards: Identify and mitigate possible hazards; including utility shut-off.
  • Life-threatening Conditions: Recognize and treat an airway obstruction, how to control bleeding and treat for shock.
  • Fire Safety: Develop a home escape plan, maintain smoke alarms and operate a fire extinguisher.
  • Hazardous Materials: Identification of household hazardous materials, proper storing and disposal, and hazardous materials decontamination.
  • CERT Overview: Community Emergency Response Team training includes; neighborhood preparedness, fire safety, hazardous materials, disaster medicine, light search & rescue, C.E.R.T. organization, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness.

For more information on PEP or CERT in Los Altos Hills, including class dates and times, visit the Los Altos Hills County Fire District website or contact Mike Sanders at (650) 922-1055. Please do not call SCCFD to register.

For general volunteering information, please contact the City Clerk via email.