CERT Basic Training Classes
All class dates are tentative due to the Coronavirus Shelter in Place orders. When we know if and how we will be able to teach classes, we will post further information.
Basic CERT classes are offered twice each year. These classes are open to residents and employees of the Lamorinda area. This includes the cities of Lafayette and Orinda, the Town of Moraga and the unincorporated area of Canyon and that part of Saranap that is not in the Walnut Creek School District. Teenagers age 14-17 are welcome with a parent, guardian or Scout Leader. We do ask for a commitment to attend all the classes in a series, including the drill; to maintain your skills through periodic practice and additional training; and to be ready to help your community in time of disaster. Class series are held each year in Lafayette and Orinda on different days of the week. Each series is eight weekly evenings followed by a drill.
There is a non-refundable registration fee. To those who attend the first four classes we will distribute, at no charge, a CERT specific medical supply kit of hard to find items valued at over $35. If a class series is cancelled because of COVID-19, you will automatically be enrolled in the next class series. You may request a refund for any cancelled series.
Scholarships are available for high school students in need to attend the CERT training. Inquire here.
What is included? The Lamorinda CERT curriculum is based on the FEMA standard CERT curriculum and is currently undergoing substantial change. The new curriculum will be first taught in Fall 2020. We localize and enhance it to be appropriate for local residents. We spend little time talking about hurricanes but we cover earthquakes in detail. The subjects we cover are: personal and home preparedness for all-hazard emergencies, fire safety, disaster medical response, light search and rescue, Incident Command System, disaster psychology, terrorism, radio communications and pet preparedness. We do NOT teach CPR but encourage all to be CPR trained.
Access and Functional Needs. Reasonable accommodations for people with access and functional needs are available upon request. Make your request as early as possible as last minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill. If accommodation is needed, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
All times are listed in 24 hour format. 1830 = 6:30 p.m.
Fall 2020 Session – CANCELLED due to COVID-19
|Wednesday, September 16, 2020||Introduction & Preparedness||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Luckenbach, Breuner|
|Wednesday, September 23, 2020||Communications, Organization||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Macler, Gritzer|
|Wednesday, September 30, 2020||Fire Safety||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Airola, Dick|
|Wednesday, October 7, 2020||Medical Part I||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Young, Luckenbach|
|Wednesday, October 14, 2020||Medical Part II||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Young, Luckenbach|
|Wednesday, October 21, 2020||Search & Rescue||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Riggins|
|Wednesday, October 28, 2020||SAR & Pets||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Young, Breuner|
|Wednesday, November 4, 2020||Terrorism and Psychology||Orinda Library Auditorium||1830 to 2130||Macler, King|
|Wednesday, November 11, 2020||Drill||Contra Costa Fire District Training Center||1800 to 2200||All instructors|
Winter 2021 Session – REGISTER for WINTER 2021
|Tuesday, January x, 2021||Introduction & Preparedness||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Tuesday, January x, 2021||Communications, Organization||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Tuesday, January x, 2021||Fire Safety||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Tuesday, January x, 2021||Medical Part I||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Tuesday, February x, 2021||Medical Part II||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Tuesday, February x, 2021||Search & Rescue||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Tuesday, February x, 2021||SAR & Pets||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Tuesday, February x, 2021||Terrorism & Psychology||Lafayette Community Center||1830 to 2130|
|Wednesday, March x, 2021||Drill||Contra Costa Fire District Training Center||1800 to 2200||All instructors|
For more information, contact the Registrar.