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The federally sponsored Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program 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.
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. That notification will provide instructions on how to RSVP, and where to go and when.
In our area CERT members have three roles:
Formal activations vary depending on the needs of the fire department. Examples from last few years:
Participation is always voluntary. Always make sure you and your family are safe first. Then help your neighborhood. Then participate in activations. The DSW insurance only applies to formal activations. However, helping your family and neighborhood are legally protected by Good Samaritan laws. These community activities are crucial, and officially endorsed, but they are not "activations". There is no such thing as self-activation. Activation, legally, can only happen through a formal mechanism like SMC Alert.
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 CERT training. For information about how YOU can join the South Skyline CERT, please inquire at info@SSEPO.org.
Upcoming CERT Classes
San Mateo County: Southcoast CERT, go to LaHondaFire
San Mateo County: Coastside CERT, go to Coastside CERT Training
Santa Cruz County: For information, go toSanta Cruz CERT Training
Santa Clara County: For information, go to Santa Clara CERT Training
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)