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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERTProgram educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.  CERT members have provided invaluable assistance to our first responders in many disaster situations.  Their role can be as simple as helping first responders get to the right location as quickly as possible or as complex as assisting in search / rescue of trapped individuals, triage of victims or fire suppression after an earthquake.

Upon completion of training, CERT graduates in San Mateo County are sworn in by the County Sheriff’s Office and in Santa Cruz County by Cal Fire as Disaster Service Workers (DSW).  This provides CERT members with Worker’s Compensation Insurance when activated to respond to an emergency.

CERT classes have been held in the South Skyline area since 2009.  In 2015, SSEPO established the first South Skyline CERT organization..  If an emergency happens in the South Skyline Area, our CERT members will be activated to respond by local fire departments and/or Cal Fire, using a specific
SMC Alert or other methods as appropriate.

How does the South Skyline CERT fit into the emergency preparedness of your neighborhood and the South Skyline Area?

​During major disasters, like an earthquake, each neighborhood would self-activate according to its own emergency preparedness plan.  That would include the CERT priorities of self, family, home, neighborhood and mutual assistance with nearby neighbors.  These priorities are followed whether or not a formal CERT activation occurs.

• If a formal South Skyline CERT Group activation occurs, CERT response is voluntary.  Responding CERTs would follow the instructions given during the activation process regarding where to report for an assignment.

SSEPO will provide information about CERT Training that will be available locally.  The success of emergency preparedness in the South Skyline Area depends on our volunteers.  Please consider getting your CE​RT training.  For information about how YOU can join the South Skyline CERT, please inquire at


Upcoming CERT Classes

South Skyline CERT:   For information, contact Peggy

San Mateo County:  

                                 Coastside:  March / April, 2019   More information to follow

                                 For all of San Mateo County CERT Training

Santa Cruz County:  For information, go toSanta Cruz CERT Training

Santa Clara County:  For information, go to Santa Clara CERT Training