Training & Events Calendar

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As part of our preparedness as CERTs we find ways to maintain our skills and readiness through a variety of methods including classrooms, drills, volunteer activities and online training. Below are many of the options currently available to Los Altos CERT members.

Volunteer CERTs and hams are always needed to assist and monitor various events such as the Los Altos Pet Parade ,and the Los Altos Art & Wine Show. Teams usually consist of a CERT and a ham that may be stationed  at a set location or they may be roaming around  various locations during the event.  While these are  low-key events they are also real events giving you a review of your training.

City DSW is required for all events.  If you do not have a current DSW Card you can usually be sworn in at the event. But If you would like DSW coverage, please send an email to CERT Coordinator.

CERTs can sign up here: https://www.mylosaltosneighborhood.org/activities/eventdetail.php?id=75

Hams can sign up here: https://www.scc-ares-races.org/activities/eventdetail.php?id=1351

There was a County-Wide CERT Skills Day last January at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino. The skills training included medical, search and rescue, Incident Commend System, and Radio communication. In attendance where over 200 CERT people and almost as many support people including trainers, “patients”, guides, County personnel, and others .  CERTs are encouraged to look for such events and participate.

There are various ongoing classes focused on the Los Altos CERT community to help us stay current. Some of the offerings are “How to Complete a PSA Form,” “Radio Communications for BATs and CERTs,” “Preparedness & Response for BATs, CERTs, and Hams.” Please check the Resilient Los Altos Calendar of Events website to register and view current offering and dates.

And if you have completed CERT training in the last few years , please register in the Resilient Los Altos Member Data Base so you ensure you informed and are part of our emergency prepared City.

Make Sure You’re Notified in the Event of an Emergency

Los Altos PREPARES Program will occasionally perform an AlertSCC test on randomly selected neighborhoods within Los Altos.  Please make sure you registered with AlertSCC. You be notified separately of a time period that you should expect an test alert.  If you don’t receive a message, check community.zonehaven.com to find your zone and check your neighborhood’s status.

FEMA and Online Courses

Once you have completed the Basic CERT Training course, you can consider these additional classes and training to supplement your knowledge and maintain your CERT certification.


There are no drills currently scheduled ut our goal is to have a neighborhood drill this Fall.  If you would like to be notified when that date is set you send us a email at info@resiliantlosaltos.org or just check the Traing and Events Calendar above.

Some training courses you may be interested are listed below:

Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Los Altos is requesting CERT volunteer support for future events. Each CERT will be teamed with a ham to provide additional eyes & ears for the event and respond (within their training, capabilities and scene safety) to an incident until professional responders (SCCFD and LAPD) can take over. Those events will be posted as they near. Volunteer CERTs will receive day-of swearing in for DSW coverage, if you don’t already have Los Altos DSW. You will need your vest and ID badge, but no helmet or backpack. Specific detailed information will be provided to volunteers.
These are important opportunities for Los Altos CERTs to show our City officials that we are ready to support their requests for help.  And it’s let’s us train in a live drill without the emergency.