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Welcome to Brisbane CERT!


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. The purpose is to provide a group of trained citizens when called upon to support the City of Brisbane's first responders, assist with implementation of its Emergency Operations Plan during a disaster, and encourage emergency preparedness in the community. As a volunteer organization closely affiliated with the City of Brisbane, members may serve as a temporary resource to the city during emergency situations when professional responders are overwhelmed.

The CERT members follow the FEMA-developed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum which is an 8 module series of two-hour classes teaching CERT Organization, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Medical Operations, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, and Brisbane specific Damage Assessment.

During a catastrophic emergency, CERTs will walk their assigned residential routes and conduct damage assessment surveys acting as the "eyes and ears" of the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) so that situation status updates and priority assignment of resources can be completed. Their training in utility shutoff, first aid, and light urban search and rescue will undoubtedly mitigate further property damage and significantly assist in the preservation of human life. CERTs are also trained in shelter operations and are anticipated to have a significant role in the care of fellow citizens, whether that role be working in a shelter or assisting with the distribution of critical supplies.

During less catastrophic emergencies, CERTs may be called upon to assist with traffic control (especially in the case of fire-related evacuations), fill sandbags for flood control efforts during unusually heavy rain events, and aid in a myriad of other activities.


Are you interested in becoming a CERT member and learning essential training to help your neighbors and community in times of disaster? Become a part of a volunteer organization that works closely with the City of Brisbane in promoting disaster preparedness.  For membership application and general information, contact the City of Brisbane Office of Ememrgency Service (OES):

Amy Listmann (415) 508-2128 or

You can learn about the Community Emergency Volunteers by reviewing the CEV Handbook.


The CERT Block Captain is responsible for a "block" or "route". Each route contains approximately 15 residences that are geographically mapped throughout the city's residential neighborhoods. To become and maintain "Block Captain" status, the volunteer must maintain certifications in CPR and First Aid and be trained in Damage Assessment. In the event of an obvious disaster, block captains will automatically commence walking their routes to perform damage assessment.

If you want the CERTs and your Block Captain to have essential information on your residence, complete the Residential Survey Form and mail, fax, or email to Amy Listmann at the City of Brisbane OES Department ( 


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