CERT training calendars:

L.A. County Fire Department

City of Los Angeles Fire Department

Upcoming/Recent events:

CERT Forms and the Role of the Scribe

The Community Emergency Response Team forms are designed to help guide you through what needs to be documented: where are we, what time is it, how many survivors do we have, what are their conditions?

It'll be chaos out there, if someone writes it down, you don't need to remember it and can focus on the task at hand.

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 7 p.m.– 9 p.m. (Registration ends 15 minutes before the training begins.)

Where: Register on Eventbrite:

This meeting will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. You must register to be sent the link to join the event.

Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair

A collaboration between the non-profit Southern California Preparedness Foundation and the City of Los Angeles to help educate the community on how to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters.

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Pacific Theaters parking lot, 9400 Shirley Ave., Northridge Fashion Center (south of Plummer St.)

June is National Pet Preparedness Month!

For information on pet disaster preparedness, visit (#PetPreparedness)

    • Include your pets in your emergency plans

    • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets *

    • Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated

    • Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens

Watch this video for tips:

Pet owner’s planning guide:

* Pet Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container)

  • First aid kit

  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can’t escape

  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost

  • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan

  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets

  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable

CERT basic training in HollywoodL.A. City Fire Department, Battalion 5

When: Wednesdays, May 1 – June 12, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Where: 1800 N. Bronson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Learn from the experts on how to prepare for a major disaster. Free CERT course consists of 7, three-hour sessions.

Details of the classes, along with a syllabus, can be found here.

Registration required (classes are free of charge).

Incident Command - Review & ExerciseLAFD Battalion 5 (Hollywood) CERT Community Meeting

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Where: Fire Station 82 Annex: 1800 N. Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Incident Command System (Operations/Logistics/Planning) is used by CERT members to manage emergency activities until emergency services arrive.

Registration required.

Emergency Preparedness Hollywood Neighborhood Councils, L.A. County & City, CERT LA

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: American Legion Hall, 2035 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles (just south of the Hollywood Bowl)

Preparedness and evacuation procedures — expert panel discussion, hosted information tables, Northridge earthquake films.

First-Aid & Bandaging Review/PracticeLAFD Battalion 5 (Hollywood) CERT Community Meeting

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Where: Fire Station 82 Annex: 1800 N. Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Review and practice bandaging and first-aid

Registration required.

CERT mini disaster drillLAFD S.F. Valley Battalions' annual event

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 11:30 to 2:30 PM

Where: "The Auditorium", 5056 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Disaster scenario incorporating search and rescue, lifts and carries, medical with triage, bandaging, cribbing, and more!

Registration required.

CERT basic training in West HollywoodL.A. County Fire Department

When: Saturdays, October 13, 20, 27, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard

Learn from the experts on how to prepare for a major disaster. Free CERT course consists of three, seven-hour sessions.

To enroll please contact: Rob Winrader at or (323) 848-6580 .

CERT Community meetingLAFD CERT Animal Response

When: Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Where: Los Angeles Fire Dept. Station 89, 7063 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss animal issues in emergency management, disaster planning for animals, and general animal behavior (they may not be yours!).

Registration required.

Encino Disaster Simulation Drill

When: Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 7:30 am to 11:00 am (drill starts at 8:00 AM sharp)

Where: West Valley Medical Center, 5363 Balboa Blvd, Encino, 91316.

The Encino Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Disaster Preparedness Drill at West Valley Medical Center so that CERT members can practice their Disaster Search & Rescue and Medical skills. As in a real disaster scenario - CERT will be used as spontaneous volunteers and be given assignments upon arrival. Drill Areas include: Search and Rescue, Triage, and a functional Medical Treatment Area.

The Drill is open to the first 35 CERT graduates who register on Eventbrite. (We will open a waitlist if we reach the 35 tickets.)

Note - there are some other activities the same morning in the valley - this Eventbrite invitation is specifically for the "Encino S&R drill".

Registered participants report to Staging - located at West Valley Medical Center, 5363 Balboa Blvd, Encino, 91316.

Parking for those who drive to the drill will also be at 5363 Balboa Blvd. and any general parking tickets will be validated after the drill.

Bring safety equipment and PPEs. At minimum, you will need helmet, goggles, gloves (leather & medical), N94 dust mask, CERT reflective vest and sturdy shoes.

Please also bring personal water & sunscreen.

Optional Items To Bring:

Long pants/long sleeves, walkie-talkie radio, working flashlight, CERT forms, pens & notebook, triage tape and knee pads.

**Note, we will have some PPE and medical supplies for use during the drill.

Contact Info: If you have any questions, please email Firefighter McKnight directly at:

Register at

L.A. County Fire Department Open House

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 AM – 5 PM

Where: Fire Stations 7 and 8, West Hollywood

May is Fire Service Month, and the L.A. County Fire Department is holding open houses and giving tours of all its fire stations from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, May 13. In West Hollywood, these include Fire Station 7 at San Vicente Blvd. and Cynthia St., and Fire Station 8 at Santa Monica Blvd. and Spaulding Ave.

Some of us will visit the WeHo fire stations on Saturday, starting with Fire Station 7 at 10:00 AM. We will be wearing our CERT vests and meet in the parking lot on the south side of the station. Please join us and meet your local firefighters!