Community Emergency Response Team

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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 and safety 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 and to be registered as a city emergency worker.

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.

 

CERT Fire Extinguisher Practice

Additionally, CERTs can lead preparedness presentations, ensuring community members have up-to-date information about local hazards and know about the Map Your Neighborhood program.

Bellevue's CERT Offerings

Our next CERT offering will be an eight-week course. The first class will be held on Wednesday evenings from September 11th to October 30th, with a final drill on Saturday, November 2nd. 

To apply for this offering of CERT, please register by clicking here. If you have any questions, please e-mail OEMPublicEd@bellevuewa.gov.

CERT Lite

Who depends on you during an emergency? CERT Lite is a great training 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 eight weeks? Our three-hour CERT Lite program might be just right for you!

CERT Lite is a station-style training that educates Bellevue residents in four critical lifesaving medical skills: personal preparedness, light disaster medical, fire safety, and light search and rescue. The program circulates throughout different Bellevue neighborhoods. Click here to register for upcoming CERT Lite opportunities.

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