Fall 2016 CERT Class Registration Now Open
Registration is under way for Walnut Creek's CERT Basic Training. Classes will be held at the downtown library from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 6 through Oct. 18, with the final graduation drill on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Click here for a detailed schedule for the Fall 2016 CERT class.
Click here to register. There is a $25 program fee payable the first day of class.
What is CERT? Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
When disaster strikes, there won't be enough police officers or firefighters to attend to every need.
That's where CERT comes in. CERT members go through 20 hours of basic training, and then are sworn in as volunteer Disaster Service Workers for the City of Walnut Creek. They are trained to work together to safely respond to the needs of their neighborhoods following disaster, and to serve as the eyes and ears of the City's Emergency Operations Center and first responders.
Walnut Creek CERT contributions go beyond disaster response. In the past year, they've helped police search for a missing person, worked with Public Works to reduce flood hazards, and taught personal preparedness courses.
How CERT Works In Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek has 8 CERT Areas, all stocked with emergency response supplies. CERT graduates are assigned to a CERT Area based on where they live. In the event of emergency, CERTs gather at their CERT Staging Area and work together as trained in the CERT Program.
Want to know which CERT Area you live in? Click for street index [PDF] or go to the "Walnut Creek CERT Areas" page for maps.
Walnut Creek CERT Leadership Team Meetings
The Walnut Creek CERT Leadership Team meets the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Room located at City Hall, 1666 North Main Street. These meetings are open to all CERT team members.
Walnut Creek CERT Strategic Plan For 2015-20
The CERT Strategic Plan for 2015-20 [PDF] is complete and available on our website. This plan lays out the priorities and goals for Walnut Creek CERT over a five-year period.
Walnut Creek CERT Disaster Service Worker Policy
Walnut Creek CERT graduates are sworn is as Disaster Service Workers for the City. This is effective for two years; the CERT may renew DSW status by taking additional training. To learn more, click here [PDF].