Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT Training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about the hazards that affect the Napa Valley and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, personal preparedness, and disaster medical operations. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. In the Napa Valley the CERT training is provided though the collaborative efforts various emergency agencies and coordinated by Napa County.

Following a major disaster in the Napa Valley, first responders who provide emergency services will not always be able to meet the immediate demand for these services. The high number of number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice. Individuals will need to rely on themselves in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

Mission Statement

Napa Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a community based and community supported volunteer organization staffed by local community members, that is self-contained and self-sustained, which can self-deploy to assist the local community; such as during a large scale disaster.

Example Emergency

CERT’s role in a large scale (5.5 and greater) earthquake will be to self-activate and complete an “initial windshield survey” of a defined area within the affected community and report the information gathered to their designated Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

In other disasters and/or emergencies, Napa Valley CERT members shall be activated through the use of the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) to assist communities, by performing specific tasks, as assigned by the (AHJ) Authority Having Jurisdiction.

CERT Classes

City of American Canyon - Class 87

Week OneTuesday, Jan 23rd, 6-10pmThursday, Jan 25th, 6-10pm
Week TwoTuesday, Jan 30th, 6-10pmThursday, Feb 1st, 6-10pmSaturday, Feb 2nd, 8-12pm

City of Napa - Class 88

Week OneTuesday, Mar 13th, 6-10pm
Thursday, Mar 15th, 6-10pm

Week TwoTuesday, Mar 20th, 6-10pm
Thursday, Mar 22nd, 6-10pm
Thursday, Mar 24th, 8-12pm

City of Calistoga - Class 89

Week OneSaturday, Apr 21st, 8-5pm


Week TwoSaturday, Apr 28th, 8-5pm

Sunday, Apr 29th, 8-12pm

City of Napa - Class 90

Week OneSaturday, Jun 2nd, 8-5pm

Week TwoSaturday, Jun 9th, 8-5pm
Saturday, Jun 12th, 8-12pm

City of American Canyon - Class 91

Week OneTuesday, Nov 6th, 6-10pm
Thursday, Nov 8th, 6-10pm

Week TwoTuesday, Nov 12th, 6-10pm
Thursday, Nov 15th, 6-10pm
Saturday, Nov 17th, 8-12pm

CERT Skill Update

Feb 10th8am-12pmNapa Valley College

Rapid Damage Assessment Exercise

Oct 20th9am-12pmAmerican Canyon

Additional Information

For more information or to sign up for a class please contact Sandra Hage.