Community brief: Palo Alto seeks emergency response volunteers

Series of classes starts in April

The City of Palo Alto is training resident-volunteers who want to join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), officials announced.

The CERT program trains community members in basic disaster response skills, like disaster medical operations, small-fire suppression and light search and rescue.

A series of classes and exercises is designed to train CERT members to assist the community when professional emergency responders are not immediately available.

The CERT curriculum includes a total of 24 hours of training in April. Courses are generally held between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Stanford University Campus, with a five-hour field day from noon to 5 p.m. on April 26.

Students must complete all classes to become certified.

More information and registration is available by emailing, or by visiting the public-safety page on the city's website at


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