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Welcome to Brisbane CERT!

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates residents about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. The goals in offering CERT in the community are significant:

  • Promote indivdual and family emergency preparedness  
  • Support a group of residents interested in  assisting the City of Brisbane's first responders
  • Aid with the implementation of the city's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  • Encourage and facilitate emergency preparedness throughout the community

As a volunteer organization closely affiliated with the City of Brisbane, team members can serve as valuable and valued resources to the city during emergency situations when professional responders could be overwhelmed.


CERT training follows the FEMA-developed curriculum, 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.  Training culminates with a disaster exercise allowing students to demonstrate their new skills. Additional CPR/AED/First Aid training is encouraged as a CERT member; however, that training is not included in the basic CERT class. 

During a catastrophic emergency and after first confirming safety for their own family, CERTs can be deployed to walk their assigned residential routes and act as "eyes and ears" of the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist with situation status updates and priority assignment of resources. The CERT training in utility shutoff, first aid, and light urban search and rescue helps to mitigate further property damage and assist with the care and comfort for fellow citizens in need. CERTs can also train in shelter operations, donation management and points of distribution in order to assist in shelters and with the distribution of critical supplies.

During less catastrophic emergencies, CERTs can be called upon to assist with traffic control, fill sandbags for flood control efforts during heavy rain events, and aid City Staff in othr endeavors as needed.


Are you interested in becoming a CERT member and learning essential training to help your family, neighbors, and community in times of disaster? Become a part of a long-standing Brisbane volunteer organization that works closely with the City of Brisbane in disaster preparedness and response.  Contact the City's Office of Ememrgency Services (OES) for more information: or Amy Listmann 415-508-2128,

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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.

Preparedness BROCHURES available from City Hall:

Are you Ready for the "Big One?"; Citizen's Basic Checklist for Earthquake Preparedness
Brisbane CERTs Have Got the Right Stuff!
Citizen's Basic Guide to Emergency Water Storage and Preparation
Do you have a Family Disaster Plan?
Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Children and Pets
Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Elderly and Physically Challenged
Guidelines for Handling Suspicious Mail
Pocket Shelter Guidelines
Safety Tips for Power Outages
Tips for Coping with Traumatic Events
Is Your House Number Visible?

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Brochures
Earthquake, Ready to Ride it out?
Be Winter Wise! Before, During, and After the Storm
10 Ways You can be Disaster Prepared

San Mateo County Health Department Brochures
The Pocket Guide to Emergency Preparedness

North County Fire Authority Brochures
Operation Wildfire, Community of Brisbane

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Brochures
Your Family Disaster Plan

PG&E Brochures:
Storms and Natural Disasters, Prepare It's Energy Well Spent