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Santa Clarita CERT Program 

In this disaster preparedness course, you will learn about the potential effect of extreme emergencies and disasters on transportation, utility services, communications, availability of food, water, shelter and fuel and emergency services. In addition, this course will teach you how you can prepare in advance to improve the quality of your survival, reduce damage from hazards and help others. Particular focus will be placed on assembling and maintaining a disaster supply kit that will meet your individual or family needs. 

Spring 2024 Class Information

  • Date – Thursdays, March 28 – May 9 (7 weeks)
  • Time – 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
  • Location – Santa Clarita Activities Center – 20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91350 – Oak Room 
Registration for the Spring 2024 CERT Class is now closed. The next class will be hosted in the Fall of 2024. Class information for that session will be available on this page prior to class start. 

To check availability for the Spring CERT class, please email 

What is the CERT Program?

The City of Santa Clarita Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is designed to help families, neighborhoods, schools and businesses prepare for effective disaster/emergency response through training and preplanning.

This training covers basic skills that are important to know when emergency services are not immediately available. You can make a difference by using the training to save lives and protect property.

Emergency responders, emergency management personnel and emergency trained volunteers provide training. Program material covers earthquakes, fires, flood, hazardous incidents and other life-threatening situations.

This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified course does not require previous knowledge for participation. First Aid Training is recommended.  CERT Is under the leadership of the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles Fire Department.

What Does a CERT Participant Learn?

Community Emergency Response Training instructs individuals to prepare to respond to anticipated disruption and potential hazards following a disaster. Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the potential hazards associated with a particular type of emergency and take the appropriate action.
  • Identify, organize and utilize available resources and people.
  • Treat for life-threatening conditions through Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (S.T.A.R.T.).

What Does CERT Involve?

Participants attend a total of  21 class room hours.  Classes include lecture, videos and interactive participation and skills assessment. Sessions are scheduled in three-hour blocks for seven consecutive weekly sessions.