CORE classes educate and empower citizens. Through lecture and demonstration, CORE instructors actively engage citizens with informative and interactive training to develop self-reliance skills and neighborhood organizing skills. In addition to teaching the basic emergency preparedness and response curriculum, instructors adapt the curriculum to the special needs of the elderly or disabled; residents of apartments, condominiums and co-housing complexes and public or private sector employees.
CORE manuals are available in Spanish and Chinese to facilitate training in culturally diverse communities. Bilingual translators and interpreters assist to provide CORE to other language groups in Oakland.