Over the next 7 weeks (and one Saturday!) you’ll be using this section of our website to prepare for each class. Each week you’ll be able to read the Participant Guide, review the Presentation (available after class), click on informative Links, learn more about the topic from helpful Videos and build your own CERT library from our Reference Documents.

Over the course of the CERT program you’ll learn the most up to date information through hands-on training in basic disaster preparedness, use of a fire extinguisher, disaster medical care, first aid training, search and rescue techniques, communicating through FRS radios and neighborhood team building. Participants of the program will learn lifesaving skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.  Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as 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 through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

Foster City adopted the CERT training program in 2006 and has since trained over 800 volunteers in the Foster City Community.