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CERT Basic Training Classes

Winter 2023 classes are now forming

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 areas of Canyon and Briones 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. That commitment is to attend all the classes in a series including the exercise; 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/or Orinda. Each series is nine weekly evenings of approximately 3 hours including a 4 hour skills exercise.

What is included? The Lamorinda CERT curriculum is based on the FEMA standard CERT curriculum. We localize and enhance it to be appropriate for local residents. Little time is spent talking about hurricanes but we cover earthquake and wildfire preparedness in detail. The subjects covered are: personal and home preparedness for all-hazard emergencies; utility, hazardous materials and 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/AED trained.

There is a non-refundable registration fee. To those who attend the first five classes we will distribute, at no charge, a CERT specific medical supply kit of hard to find items valued at over $40.

Out-of-District Students. Occasionally our classes are not filled with in-district students. If you do not live or work in Lamorinda, you may be able to sign up for one of our class series. To do so, send a request to registrar@lamorindacert.org and ask if there are openings. The cost for an out of district student is $100. This almost covers our out-of-pocket costs per student!

Participant Manual. Effective 15 September 2022, the Participant Manual will be made available in .pdf format for you to print at home. The manual is approximately 300 pages in length. A printed manual is available as an option. At checkout, when paying for your class fee, you will be offered a printed manual. It is printed with tab dividers and delivered in a binder with printed cover and spine. The printed manual is offered at our current cost.

Scholarships are available for high school students in need to attend the CERT training. Inquire here.

Access and Functional Needs. All presentation materials have been designed to be accessible for low-vision and color blind persons. Reasonable accommodations for people with other 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 registrar@lamorindacert.org .

All times are listed in 24 hour format. 1830 = 6:30 p.m.

Fall 2022 Session – Classes in progress

DATE UNITS LOCATION TIME INSTRUCTORS
Thursday, Sept 8, 2022 Introduction & Preparedness Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Seibert, Merrifield
Thursday, Sept 15, 2022 CERT Organization & Communications Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Macler, Gritzer
Thursday, Sept 22, 2022 Fire Safety Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Airola, Dick
Thursday, Sept 29, 2022 Medical Part I Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Sparks
Thursday, Oct 6, 2022 Medical Part II Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Sparks
Thursday, Oct 13, 2022 Search & Rescue Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Lipp
Thursday, Oct 20, 2022 Cribbing, Pets, Mini-Drill Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Lipp, Seibert
Thursday, Oct 27, 2022 Exercise Contra Costa Fire District Training Center 1800 to 2200 All instructors
Thursday, Nov 3, 2022 Psychology, Terrorism & Graduation Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130 Wilde, White

Winter 2023 Session – CLASS REGISTRATION WITHIN LAMORINDA CLASS REGISTRATION OUT-OF-DISTRICT 

Due to a scheduling issue, the Winter class has been moved to Thursday evenings except for the Exercise at ConFire.

DATE UNITS LOCATION TIME INSTRUCTORS
Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 Introduction & Preparedness Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Jan 19, 2023 CERT Organization & Communications Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Jan 26, 2023 Fire Safety Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 Medical Part I Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Feb 9, 2023 Medical Part II Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Feb 16, 2023 Search & Rescue Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 Cribbing, Pets, Mini-Drill Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 Exercise Contra Costa Fire District Training Center 1800 to 2200 All instructors
Thursday, Mar 9, 2023 Psychology, Terrorism & Graduation Lafayette Community Center 1830 to 2130

Fall 2023 Session – CLASS REGISTRATION WITHIN LAMORINDA CLASS REGISTRATION OUT-OF-DISTRICT

DATE UNITS LOCATION TIME INSTRUCTORS
Thursday, Sep 14, 2023 Introduction & Preparedness Orinda Library Auditorium 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Sep 21, 2023 CERT Organization & Communications Orinda Library Auditorium 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Sep 28, 2023 Fire Safety Orinda Library Auditorium 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Oct 5, 2023 Medical Part I Orinda Library Auditorium 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Oct 12, 2023 Medical Part II Orinda Library Auditorium 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Oct 19, 2023 Search & Rescue Orinda Library Auditorium 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Oct 26, 2023 Cribbing, Pets, Mini-Drill Orinda Library Auditorium 1830 to 2130
Thursday, Nov 2, 2023 Tentative Exercise Contra Costa Fire District Training Center 1830 to 2130 All instructors
Thursday, Nov 9, 2023 Psychology, Terrorism & Graduation Orinda Library Auditorium 1800 to 2200

For more information, contact the Registrar.