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CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

The City of San Juan Capistrano Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to increase individual and community preparedness and self-reliance in the event of man-made or natural disasters. CERT volunteers are trained in emergency procedures and are duly registered as Disaster Service Workers in accordance with the California Government Code and the City of San Juan Capistrano Municipal Code.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, has been implemented in many communities across the country. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has officially recognized CERT as an important part of a community's disaster preparedness readiness.

CERT training encompasses the following:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Fire Safety
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Disaster Communications
  • Team Organization
  • Disaster Simulation


The City of San Juan Capistrano CERT training program is offered free to the community to those 18 years and older.  Training  includes 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training preparing the student for all types of hazards and disasters.

Interested in CERT and want to learn more? Linked below is a free introductory course offered by FEMA. Members of the community interested in participating in online courses and hands on training opportunities, please sign up below. 

FEMA:  IS-317.A: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs).

CERT Application

Please enter your last name
Please enter your first name
Please provide your home address.
Enter your City and Zip code.
Please enter the best phone number to reach you on.
Please provide a cell number if it is not the same as your daytime number.
Please provide an evening phone if it is not the same as the daytime one.
Please provide an email address.
Please tell us if you are interested in taking upcoming seasonal classes.
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