Created in 1991, CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) is a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) endorsed training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, your neighbors and your community in the event of a disaster. As a member of the community, you can help the city respond to a disaster by preparing your family, home, school and work.
Huntington Beach has highly trained and well-equipped public safety personnel, but if a major disaster occurs there could be a shortage of fire and police personnel available to respond to all calls for help. It could take more than 72-hours before the Fire Department can respond to your home or business during a major disaster
CERT volunteers are trained to prepare for and respond to a disaster until first responders arrive. You will learn to manage a disaster in your home, work, neighborhood or school. After taking care of yourself and your family, you can report to the city and perform duties such as providing damage assessment information about your neighborhood, sandbagging, sheltering, checking on the frail and elderly, working in the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), and providing support to the Fire and Police Departments.
In the Save-A-Life Saturday series of classes you will learn how to:
Learn "hands on" about the HBPD by participating in the Citizens Academy. Each session is 11 weeks long and is offered twice a year. Learn about Patrol, Traffic, Vice, SWAT, K-9, Aero and more! Apply here.