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 to register. There is a $25 program fee payable the first day of class.

What is CERT? Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The goal of CERT is to teach people the skills they need to pull together and safely help their community in the event of disaster, as the demand for emergency services will likely exceed available resources.  CERTs go through a basic 20-hour training, and are sworn in as volunteer Disaster Service Workers for the City of Walnut Creek. When disaster strikes, CERT volunteers check on their family's safety first, and then gather at their pre-designated CERT Staging Area to work with other CERTs in helping the surrounding neighborhoods and gathering information for the City's Emergency Operations Center.

How CERT Works In Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek has 8 CERT Areas. 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.  

Name Date
CERT Leadership Team Meeting January 18, 2016  View Minutes [PDF]
CERT Leadership Team Meeting February 15, 2016 View Minutes [PDF] 
CERT Leadership Team Meeting March 21, 2016  View Minutes [PDF]

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].