CERT is a program of Citizen Corps, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's approach to involve citizens in emergency preparedness, and is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The function of CERT is to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a major disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to meet the demand for service. After the training, CERT students will be better prepared to take care of themselves and their community.
If you are 18 years of age or older (16 and 17 years with parent/guardian consent) and are committed to serve our community by assisting your family and neighbors during emergencies or disaster situations, you are welcome to attend.
Enrollment is limited and classes will be filled on a first-received basis; applicants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Priority registration is given to residents of Ventura and first-time students.
The classes will start on Wednesday, March 6th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Police/Fire Headquarters at 1425 Dowell Drive, in Ventura. The class will run for 6 consecutive weeks, (with the last class held on Tuesday, April 9th). The final drill will be on Saturday, April 13th.
CERT training is offered in these neighboring cities:
Santa Rosa Valley
An independent study course, "Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams," IS-317, is also available and serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members