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Basic CERT Course

Create a CERT Account

If you signed-up for this class though the CERT database (called CERVIS), then you have already created an account. If you signed up another way you probably do not have a CERVIS account. Signup for one noTo register for an class, please email

Location of Classes

  • Unless otherwise announced, all classes take place at Menlo Park Fire Protection District Station 77, 1467 Chilco Av., Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Note: If a class is offered on a weeknight, allow extra travel time to get to Station 77. Willow Road, Highway 101, and Bayfront Expressway are very busy during rush hour.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class.
  • Park your car diagonally along the railroad tracks.
  • The classroom is towards the rear of the parking lot on the second floor of the building. There is not an elevator, so let us know if you need accommodations.

What to Bring and What to Wear
  • Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. You will be sitting on chairs and kneeling/sitting on the floor and/or ground both days. Bring sunscreen for outdoor activities. Water is available in the classroom but you may want to bring your own container.
  • We do not cancel field exercises due to weather unless it present an unacceptable risk to class participants. If rain is in the forecast, bring rain gear with you (rain jacket, boots; no umbrellas).
  • Bring pens, pencils, notebook.
  • Coffee, water and snacks are available in the classroom.
  • Restrooms are on the first floor.
  • Please turn off mobile devices or put them on mute during class.

Before the First Class

  1. Take FEMA's IS-317, Introduction to CERT online course to learn more. This course is an introduction to, but not a substitute for, the classroom-based Basic CERT course.
  2. Download and skim through the official FEMA CERT manual, available in PDF files in both English and Spanish. You will be given a much-abbreviated version of a CERT training manual in class.

Homework After the First Class

  1. If you have not already done so,Click here to join MPFPD CERT.
  2. Fire Safety
    • Locate the gas, water, and electrical shutoffs for your home.
    • Check your home smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
    • Prepare an evacuation plan for your and talk to your family about it.
  3. Emergency Kit
    • Check your existing emergency supplies or start building a kit
  4. Medical
  5. Incident Command

Homework After the Second Class

  • Communications
    • Read Menlo Park Fire District's CERT Communications Plan
    • Consider purchasing a pair of FRS radios 
    • Consider getting a ham radio license (training classes listed on home page calendar)
  • Emergency Kit

Training Videos

CERT in Action

Fire Safety

START Triage

Cribbing Training and Exercise

CERT Basic Academy

CERT Basic Academy

CERT Basic Academy

Note: These are the official slides published by FEMA. Many instructors modify these slides to fit in the allotted time limit for our course, reflect local emergency plans and likely disaster scenarios, and to create additional interest and continuity between course modules.