The Community Emergency Response Team is a federal program that educates people about disaster preparedness and basic response skills. Bellevue’s CERT program is designed to empower residents who live or work in Bellevue to be better prepared for unexpected emergencies.
The CERT course incorporates disaster preparedness, fire safety and utility controls, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations, organization, disaster psychology, and terrorism.
Basic training offers the opportunity to participate in a disaster simulation at the end of the course.
Why is CERT Needed?
In a disaster, Bellevue’s police officers and firefighters will be flooded with requests for help, and it may take some time for them to reach your neighborhood. CERT training aims to provide residents with skills to assist their communities during disasters when police or firefighters are unavailable.
Additionally, CERTs can assist with CERT Lite trainings, ensuring community members have up-to-date information about local hazards and know about the Map Your Neighborhood program.
Bellevue's CERT Offerings
Our first CERT course for 2020 will start on February 25th. This will be a 4-week course, taught from 6:00pm - 9:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday from February 25th to March 19th, with a final drill on March 21st. Registration is available here.
If you have any questions, please e-mail OEMPublicEd@bellevuewa.gov.
Who depends on you during an emergency? Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a great opportunity where you can develop your disaster preparedness skills, so you will be ready to help yourself and your loved ones. Want to learn CERT skill but can’t spare the weeks long commitment? Our two-hour CERT Lite program might be just right for you!
CERT Lite is a station-style training that educates Bellevue residents in three critical skills: preparedness, light disaster medical, fire safety and utility controls. The program circulates throughout different Bellevue neighborhoods. Registration for upcoming CERT Lite training sessions will be available in mid-January.