I want to Lead My Community in Times of Disaster/Declared Emergency

Help us #ReadyOakland. Learn how to prepare for and be more resilient in times of disaster or emergency. Get trained to serve your community as an Oakland CERT Volunteer!

Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] Training

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As it relates to the City of Oakland, Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies [CORE] is our umbrella program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s [FEMA] Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] concept will be used as the training curriculum.

Standardization via the CERT training curriculum, will afford us greater capabilities and expand our capacity to respond here in Oakland and also in our neighboring jurisdictions. Oakland CERT Training is available free of charge, for Teens and Adults. Click here to register for the next session.

Please Note: CERT Training takes at minimum, 22 - 24 hours to complete. This is not inclusive of the optional Zoom “Office Hours” sessions that are shown below. It is also important to understand that you do not need to attend both days for each session.

Please feel free to choose and join the Friday or Saturday session that works best for your schedule. Additional information will be shared in the Welcome/Orientation meetings on 2/5 and 2/6 and again, you do not need to attend both.

CERT Zoom "Office Hours" Schedule | Session One - 2021

CERT Unit # Evening Meeting Date & Time Morning Meeting Date & Time


Friday, February 5th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, February 6th [10am – 11am]

Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Friday, February 19th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, February 20th [10am – 11am]

Unit 2 – CERT Organization

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 5min

Friday, February 26th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, February 27th [10am – 11am]

Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Friday, March 5th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, March 6th [10am – 11am]

Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 15min

Friday, March 12th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, March 13th [10am – 11am]

Unit 5 – Disaster Psychology

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 20min

Friday, March 19th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, March 20th [10am – 11am]

Unit 6 – Fire & Utility Safety

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 50min

Friday, March 26th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, March 27th [10am – 11am]

Unit 7 – Light Search & Rescue Ops.

  • Estimated Completion Time: 2hr, 30min

Friday, April 2nd [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, April 3rd [10am – 11am]

Unit 8 – Terrorism & CERT
+ CERT Basic Final Exam Review

  • Estimated Completion Time: 1hr, 10min

Friday, April 9th [6pm – 7pm]

Saturday, April 10th [10am – 11am]

In person Skills Assessment/Skills Refreshers for existing CORE [I, II, II] and/or CERT members.

  • Estimated Completion Time: TBA

Tentative Dates [Times TBD]
Saturday 5/22 - Sunday 5/23

Tentative Dates [Times TBD]
Saturday 5/22 - Sunday 5/23


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 Trained Volunteers are prepared for and expected to lead their communities by supporting the larger, government led response.

CERT graduates will be able to; recognize life-threatening conditions and apply appropriate life-saving techniques, conduct patient head-to-toe assessments, employ basic treatment for injuries, and understand disaster medical operations. CERT Participants should be able to identify and reduce potential fire hazards in their homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods and also perform basic fire suppression strategies, resources, and safety measures.

In addition to the above, trained CERT Volunteers will also be able to describe the post-disaster emotional environment and the steps that volunteers can take to relieve their own stressors and those of disaster survivors. The FEMA-CERT Curriculum will describe the most common techniques associated with light search and rescue operations including identifying planning and size-up requirements, searching a structure, debris removal, survivor extrication, and rescuer safety. This curriculum also helps to explain current terrorism trends and the measures CERT volunteers can take to increase preparedness before and safety during a terrorism incident.

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