Evening Series: Spring and Fall 2018

Two 7-week CERT basic training sessions will be offered on Tuesday evenings in 2018:

  • April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 - registration open March 1, 2018
  • September 4, 11, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 - registration open August 1, 2018

Location: ConFIre Training Facility on Treat Blvd (near Trader Joe's) plus locations listed in the schedule

CERT Class Schedule - will be posted here


Pre-registration for classes is REQUIRED for new students.

No registration required for returning students who need to make up classes or for CERTs who want to audit classes.

Classes are open to minors 16 or 17 years old with parental/guardian permission - these two signed forms are required at class 1 to participate - parental waiver & Disaster Service Worker registration.

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 2017-22
The CERT Strategic Plan 2017-2022 (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].

CERT Activation: Deployment Information
Curious about what to do in an emergency and how the call-out will look? CERT Mobilization Protocol Update 2017
If you didn't receive a text/email/phone call about a recent call-out or you want to update phone numbers and contact info email stephenson@walnut-creek.org