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 volunteers can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.  CERT volunteers also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Encinitas CERT’s mission is to reduce the severity a large scale disaster will have on the City of Encinitas.

To accomplish this mission, Encinitas CERT has three areas of focus:

  1. Providing our volunteers with on-going training in disaster response, emergency preparedness, leadership, and organizational skills.
  2. Educating the citizens of Encinitas in emergency preparedness and recruiting new team volunteers to join our organization.
  3. Supporting the Encinitas Fire Department and related emergency services in the event of a disaster.