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Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] - Policies & Activation/Deployment Procedures

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CERT Policies & Procedures
Date Posted: January 22nd, 2021 @ 4:30 PM
Last Updated: February 9th, 2021 @ 5:22 PM

9 Things to note before registering for CERT training:

  1. Upon completing the CERT training course, participants should be able to take the necessary steps to safely secure themselves and their families. Beyond that, CERT graduates are expected to lead their communities by supporting the larger, government led response. As such, the issuance of an Oakland CERT Member badge will not occur if the CERT graduate has not taken the Disaster Service Worker Oath. CERT graduates who have not taken the Volunteer DSW Oath may be not be able to participate in CORE Program Hands-on Drills and Emergency Exercises.

  2. Community Emergency Response Team training is provided by the California Office of Emergency Services [CalOES] and is facilitated jointly, with support from the City of Oakland Fire Department [OFD].

  3. CERT instruction will be provided via a hybrid model and the bulk of the learning will be completed in the California Specialized Training Institute's learning management system [LMS]. You will need access to power, reliable internet, and a device with a functioning screen and speakers in order to fully participate. At this time, there are no alternatives to these requirements.

  4. You must first register with the City of Oakland Fire Department in order to set up your CalOES LMS account. If you skip this step, you will not be able to continue your CERT training.

  5. Additional information regarding How to Prepare for the CERT Welcome/Orientation Session will be provided upon successful submission of your CERT Training registration from.

  6. This schedule reflects the optional 1 hour "Office Hours" sessions that will accompany the primary hybrid delivery. You do not need to attend both meetings each week.

  7. The Welcome/Orientation meetings are designed to support you in setting up your account on the CalOES LMS. The Welcome /Orientation session will also serve as an opportunity for participants to ask additional questions regarding the training program/curriculum. Attending one of these sessions is highly recommended.

  8. At this time, all CERT "Office Hours" sessions will be held via Zoom. You will need access to power, reliable internet, and a device with a functioning camera/microphone in order to fully participate. As an alternative, you may dial-in to sessions by phone, but that is not recommended.

  9. Once all 8 CERT units are completed, you will be invited to participate in a hands-on, in-person, physical skills assessment. Completion of both the virtual learning and in-person components of the CERT Hybrid training are necessary in order to receive your City of Oakland Community Emergency Response Team certification.

Important Note: At minimum, all credentialed and active CERT Volunteers are required to have: a current photo, Disaster Service Worker [Volunteer] Oath affirmation, and phone number, on file with the Oakland Fire Department.