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Office of Emergency Management

Santa Monica CERT

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)  

What is CERT?

CERT is a community based group of volunteers that have completed a federally recognized training course taught by local Public Safety Personnel and First Responders.

The training is a comprehensive program detailing ways to assist family, friends, neighbors, and your community in small or large scale disasters.

This training is free, and open to anyone that lives or works in Santa Monica, over the age of 18. 


What Will I Learn?

Utilizing basic CERT training, students will learn how to prepare for emergencies and be ready to respond to assist the community immediately following incidents of all sizes.

CERT components include:
• Disaster Preparedness
• Fire Safety
• Light Search and Rescue
• CERT Team Organization
• Disaster Medical Operations
• Terrorism
• Disaster Psychology

What Will I Need?

Time The comprehensive CERT training occurs over 3 six hour sessions. Presence in all 3 sessions is required for graduation privileges.


• Comfortable clothes
• Sturdy shoes
• Sack lunch

Most importantly, a good attitude, enthusiasm and willingness to help your family and community are essential to your success in this program. 

What Will OEM Provide?

CERT Kit Picture

OEM will provide:

• A safe and fun learning experience
• The CERT Training Basic Training Participant Manual
• A basic CERT kit (pictured) upon the successful completion of CERT training 

After CERT Completion

Once you've completed the CERT training, your effectiveness and contribution in a disaster depends on you.

Although there is no obligation, CERT was designed to enlist community members as a volunteer resource to assist City officials in a time of need.

With your permission, the Office of Emergency Management will maintain your contact information and contact you for assistance in events.
Some examples of when CERT volunteers may be activated include:

• A Citywide emergency or disaster
• First Aid and other locations at the Los Angeles Marathon
• Additionally CERT members may be called on to assist in Public Safety trainings, exercises, and incidents based on need

Staying current on CERT training, maintaining and updating your CERT kit, or volunteering to become a CERT instructor are some of the ways you can really make a difference when the time comes. 

Here's a 2019 map of where our CERT volunteers reside in the City of Santa Monica.

CERT Volunteer Map 2019


CERT 2021

The Office of Emergency Management offers this twice a year and the next 3-part CERT course is:

Saturday, TBD   8:30AM-2:30PM

Saturday, TBD   8:30AM-2:30PM

Saturday, TBD   8:30AM-2:30PM

How Do I Register?

The CERT registration process is as easy as 1-2-3:CERT Volunteer Application fillable

1. Download, complete and sign the CERT Volunteer Application**  

Fax, e-mail, mail or hand deliver your application to:


Office of Emergency Management OEM

Attn:  TBD333 Olympic Drive, Second Floor/EOC

Santa Monica CA  90401

OR FAX (310) 449-4414



2. Once your application is received and approved, you must complete a fingerprinting/Livescan which will be submitted to the Department of Justice to verify your eligibility. It can take up to 30 days for fingerprint clearance.

3. Once all paperwork is received and complete, you will be notified with the next available date for CERT training.

**Any CERT paperwork hand delivered to the Public Safety Facility should be placed in the white metal OEM Mailbox located on the wall next to the elevator on the second floor. 


Disclaimer and Non-Discrimination Policy

The CERT course has an age requirement of 18 years or older.

Each CERT class is limited to 30 participants.

Course spots are reserved on a first come, first served basis and are dependent on the successful completion and approval of your application and fingerprint clearance.

Any applicant with a felony on his/her record will not be considered for the CERT program.  Eligibility based on past criminal history will be at the discretion of the Office of Emergency Management. 

Santa Monica CERT only conducts non-discriminatory classes.  Non-discrimination includes race, religion, gender and group affiliations.  The City of Santa Monica does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. 


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