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.

There will be a County-Wide CERT Skills Day on Saturday, January 21 from 9amto 1pm at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino. This is open to all CERTs and you can get more details here.


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.

Los Altos PREPARES and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District are partnering on a series of educational events for CERTs to refresh and broaden their skills and for the community at large. For info on the planned CERT sessions, please see:  https://www.losaltosca.gov/police/page/cert-skills-refresh-training 

In addition, there are many webinars that have been recorded for your viewing. Visit PREPARES Pre-recorded webinars.

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

Los Altos PREPARES Program will perform an AlertSCC test on randomly selected neighborhoods within Los Altos. 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.


A Neighborhood drills are now back in person.  The first drill was held successfully March 19th with 20 people participating at the Los Altos Community.  The second drill was held May 21st from 9:30am to 12:00pm at Toyan Farms in south Los Altos with over thirty participants. All CERTs are encouraged to attend other neighborhood drills to gain experience and keep your skills current.  The latest drill was held  on Saturday, August 13.   If you have not participated, please sign up  here. We would like to make sure you are getting the latest information.  The way to make sure that happens is to please fill out a short form at https://forms.gle/bnaPMyc4zCqCmw1Z8

Volunteer Opportunities

We have been asked by the Los Altos Police Dept to provide CERT presence during the events such as the Arts & Wine Festival and Festival of Lights Parade.  In a potential mass casualty incident, the available medical resources may be overwhelmed, until mutual aid professionals arrive from other agencies.  The CERT volunteer role would be the same as we have been trained for and what we practice: We are the help until help arrives. 
This is an important opportunity 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.