Following a major disaster, first responders may not be able to fully meet service demands. With Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, community members can help meet immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs in their neighborhoods. The CERT program provides basic training in safety and life-saving skills to the general public.
Community Emergency Response Team training is presented in partnership with Los Angeles County.
CERT training is offered free to the public. For a schedule of upcoming classes, please call 562-989-7200. Classes are held at the Signal Hill Police Department (2745 Walnut Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755).
Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations can save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage. In most major disasters, first responders will not be able to get to you immediately. Your neighbors will likely be the first ones around you to be able to offer assistance. You’ll need to coordinate these crucial efforts, BEFORE a disaster strikes. Knowing what to do in the first hours after a disaster may help save lives, reduce injury, and decrease neighborhood damage.
Signal Hill has a neighborhood focused program available called Map Your Neighborhood. The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level, 15-20 homes or a defined area that you can canvas in 1 hour. It teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive. This program is designed to be delivered to residents by residents.
Interested residents can receive a brief one-on-one training by the Signal Hill Emergency Operations Coordinator. Once that training is completed, you will then contact your neighbors and give a 90-minute program on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.