Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program:

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) train and educate their neighbors to be prepared for disasters.  Citizens are trained in basic skills such as: Fire Safety, Light Search & Rescue and First Aid in order to help their families, neighbors, and their communities after a disaster until professional help arrives.   Go to their web site to find more information.   
To become a member of the CERT San Diego County Fire Authority Southern Division Program you will need to take the 20 hour Basic CERT Academy.  Currently the CERT Program offers one Basic Academy each year.  To remain an active member each graduate must attend one Quarterly Meeting and participate in one Drill each year.
Additional training is available, such as CPR/First Aid, Critical Incident Stress Management, Shelter training, Fire Safety, Light Search & Rescue and many more training opportunities in order to help your families, neighbors, and communities after a disaster until professional help arrives.  Many of the CERT members are also members of the Fire Safe Council and are Amateur Ham Radio Operators.
To find out more about the next Basic CERT Academy look under Education here for dates, or contact Teresa Greenhalgh, SD Rural CERT Program Manager at TGatSDRCERT@gmail.com.