Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is an eight-week program that educates community members about disaster preparedness for hazards that could affect their area and trains them in basic response skills - including fire safety, search and rescue, and medical operations.

Trained CERT volunteers can help others in their community or workplace following a disaster, particularly when professional emergency responders are not immediately available. 

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2020 CERT class

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have not scheduled a class for 2020. However, there are small ways that anyone can get ready for a class. There are two online FEMA CERT related classes individuals can take online. These classes do not substitute for the in-person class. They can help people be prepared before a class occurs.

To complete the FEMA online classes you will need to register for a Student Identification (SID) with FEMA. That process can be found here The FEMA IS classes are found here: The classes to register for are 315.A, and 317.

Course description

The eight-session course provides a variety of disaster planning, recovery and survival skills aimed at assisting our community in disaster response and recovery. Marysville residents and business owners are encouraged to participate or send employees to these emergency preparedness classes.


Participants must attend all sessions, establish a three-day home emergency kit, obtain personal safety equipment and be a willing team participant. Cost for personal safety equipment is approximately $30. Participants are advised to purchase equipment on their own to ensure proper fit. The basic equipment information and where to purchase will be explained at the first class.

About CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class consists of 20 hours of education, culminating in a final drill. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies occur, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

 The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. FEMA made this training available nationally in 1993. Since this time, CERT programs have been established in more than 340 communities in 45 states.

 The CERT training program is typically delivered over a seven-week period. Training sessions cover disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and team operations. The training also includes a disaster simulation in which participants practice skills that they learned throughout the course. The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute, located in Emmitsburg, Maryland.