Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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What is La Quinta CERT? 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available.

CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. 

What Does La Quinta CERT Do? 

The City of La Quinta’s CERT is organized to support the City during an emergency or disaster. CERT members provide other assistance in planning, preparedness, exercises, and community events. They practice skills including: triage, disaster medical treatment, light search and rescue, radio communications, and fire extinguisher usage.

Visit the La Quinta CERT Facebook page @LQCERT, maintained by the volunteers, to see them in action.

How Can I Become a Member of the Team?

To become a CERT member, citizen volunteers complete the basic 20-hour FEMA CERT training course that is offered by the City of La Quinta twice a year, typically in March and October. The Riverside County Emergency Management Department  offers this class year-round. Check out the CERT training opportunities section below for registration links.  

The City of La Quinta is actively recruiting adult volunteers of all ages for the City’s CERT team. Contact the City's                Emergency Management Division at for more information.

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CERT Training Opportunities

  • Register (Opens on September 3rd) for 20-hour CERT Training in La Quinta on March 27th 6:00pm - 10:00pm, March 28th 8:00am - 5:00pm and March 29th, 2020 8:00am - 5:00pm.  REGISTRATION LINK
  • Upcoming CERT classes offered by The Riverside County Emergency Management Department and surrounding cities are available at
  • La Quinta CERT Member monthly meeting/skills practice - CERT Members call (760) 777-7158 for schedule.
  • Request notification for next scheduled CERT class - E-mail

CERT Resources

 CERT Basic Training Manual    
 CERT Manual de Capacitación Básica    

CERT Forms

 CERT Documentation Overview  CERT Damage Assessment  CERT Personnel Resources Check-In
 CERT Assignment Tracking Log  CERT Briefing Assignment  CERT Victim Treatment Area Record
 CERT Communications Log  CERT Equipment Inventory  CERT General Message
 CERT Victim Data Form  CERT Neighborhood Damage Summary  CERT Neighborhood Damage Summary
 CERT ICS-214 Activity Log    


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