Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)


CERT Program

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to educate participants and volunteers in disaster response skills for hazards near where they live or work.

CERT Basic Training

The City of Puyallup invites those who live or work in the City of Puyallup to attend our next session of CERT Basic. CERT Basic Training is led by the Puyallup Emergency Management Division. The CERT curriculum includes:

  1. Disaster Preparedness
  2. CERT Organization
  3. Disaster Medical Operations - Part 1
  4. Disaster Medical Operations - Part 2
  5. Disaster Psychology
  6. Fire Safety and Utility Controls
  7. Light Search and Rescue Operations
  8. Terrorism and CERT
  9. Course Review, Final Exam, and Disaster Simulation

Students will complete an in-person skills check to practice skills such as fire suppression, basic medical aid, and light search and rescue. If you miss a class, you will need to arrange with instructors to make it up.

Upon successful completion of CERT Basic, participants may have the opportunity to join a CERT Team as a volunteer for the community. There are a wide range of ways that CERT volunteers help from administrative roles to on-the-ground activation in the event of an emergency. For more information or questions, please email

Joining a CERT Team

The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. CERT became a national program in 1993. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories. Each is unique to its community. The CERT program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization. The videos below offer insight on CERT Teams in action.

CERT Basic Training Interest Form

  1. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

    Puyallup Emergency Management is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class in Fall of 2023. Filling out this interest form will add you to our distribution list so that you will be notified of any upcoming trainings, where you will then have the opportunity to sign up for specific trainings and/or waitlists. 

  2. Priority is given to those who live and/or work in the City of Puyallup.

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