CERT Program Details

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The purpose of this Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is to provide you with the BASIC SKILLS that are needed in the aftermath of a disaster. The Dana Point basic CERT training does not obligate you for any additional commitment to the City or your community. However, there are additional training opportunities available for you if you would like to be a member of the volunteer program.


The City of Dana Point has developed the Community Emergency Response Team training program CERT Instructor Mike Rose(Basic) using the guidelines and training material approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in conjunction with the State of California and the County of Orange. This class is comprised of 24 hours of basic instruction that includes classroom and hands on training. This course of instruction is intended to provide members of the community with valuable and easy to use information to better prepare themselves and their families for disasters. This information can also be shared with neighbors, friends and relatives. Additional training is required to become a member of the City of Dana Point CERT Volunteer Program (Advanced CERT).





Community members interested in becoming active volunteer participants and pre-registered Disaster Service Workers are encouraged to apply for the Advanced CERT classification. Advanced CERT Members will remain on an active “call-out” list and may be called upon to assist during a disaster response by supporting emergency responders, establishing and operating shelters, or other important duties as assigned by the City’s Emergency Organization.

To obtain the classification of Advanced CERT you must complete an approved CERT training class in CERT Emergency drillOrange County through the CERT Mutual Aid Program (CMAP). Other CERT training, although similar, will not be accepted. Additional training that is required may not be provided by the City of Dana Point or CMAP; it is up to the individual to obtain and complete this training.

The required additional training consists of CPR and Basic First Aid (AHA, ARC, NSC, AAOS are approved), basic Incident Command System (Emergency Management Institute IS-100), National Incident Management System (Emergency Management Institute IS-700a), American Red Cross Courses: Introduction to Disasters Services (ARC 3066), Mass Care Overview (ARC 3068), Shelter Operations (ARC 3068-11), Shelter Simulation (ARC 3068-12).

Your application for the Advanced CERT Volunteer Program should be accompanied by copies of the certificates of completion from these required advanced training courses. Upon receipt of your application, the Emergency Services Division will review the material and conduct an interview with the applicant. If approved, your appointment into this program will be contingent upon passing a background investigation.

To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact James Shadle at (949) 248-3583 or email