San Mateo City CERT
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San Mateo Fire Department

Next CERT Series Announced!

Course starts August 31st at the Senior Center

(see the flyer under "Documents")

Registration opens August 1st- Use course ID #71204

Register on or call the Senior Center at 650-522-7490


Call San Mateo Fire Department


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 Please join us at our next "GET READY" Preparedness Class

July 18- 9:30-11:30 am

August 10- 9:30-11:30am

All Classes at the Senior Center-

Training is FREE!

Call 650-522-7490 to register

Useful Links:

San Mateo CERT in action video

All CERT programs in San Mateo County schedule 

 San Mateo County Alert Network

Get a "Personalized" Risk Assessment

National Citizen Corps

National CERT

Homeland Security


 City of San Mateo 


Welcome to San Mateo City CERT!

Doing the most good for the greatest number of people!

San Mateo CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is made up of San Mateo residents who are trained to take care of themselves and their community in the aftermath of a major disaster, when first responders are overwhelmed or unable to respond because of communication or transportation difficulties.

In an emergency, these CERT-trained residents first ensure the safety of themselves and their families. They can then work outward to the neighborhood or office and beyond until first responders arrive. Finally, they can assist first-response personnel as directed. During training, residents learn to:

  • Prepare for the hazards that threaten their communities.
  • Locate and turn off utilities.
  • Extinguish small fires.
  • Identify hazardous materials situations.
  • Triage and treat victims.
  • Set up a medical treatment area.
  • Conduct searches and rescues in lightly and moderately damaged structures.
  • Understand the psychological impact of a disaster on themselves and others.
  • Organize CERT members and spontaneous volunteers for an effective and safe response.