CERT - Community Emergency Response Team


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains you in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  Using the training, CERT members can assist others following an event when professional responders are not immediately available.  CERT members are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Annual Event

Once a year, the Redmond Emergency Management Division (EMD) hires American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to conduct the CERT class for individuals who use ASL as a primary form of communication. This Accessible CERT class is taught based on learning styles and is based on the concept of universal accessibility.  It is designed for any person who self-identifies as having a disability and members of advocate groups for people with disabilities.


CERT is a 24-hour course typically scheduled one night per week for 8 consecutive weeks. It culminates with a final disaster drill.

Prerequisite: IS 317, this is an online course offered by FEMA independent study.  Please send your completed certificate to Janeen Olson prior to the start of the class.

Visit the FEMA website for more information.

Once you have completed CERT, be more prepared through Neighborhood Watch and Map Your Neighborhood.