FREE C.E.R.T. CLASS Starting January 16







Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 6:30 PM – Tue, Feb 27, 2018, 9:00 PM PST


13652 Cantara St
Concourse Conference Room
Panorama City, CA 91402

If a major earthquake or disaster hits, do you

  •   have enough supplies for a minimum of 7 days up to an entire month for all family members, including pets?
  •   know how to turn off the gas?
  •   know how to turn off the power?
  •   know how to apply first aid?
  •   have enough water for all of yourfamily and your pets?
  •   have provisions for living outside your home for a length of time if the structure is compromised?
  •   know how to survive?
  • Take CERT training for: Yourself
    Your family
    Your friends
    Your workplace Your neighborhood

    CERT classes are FREE

    This CERT class is jointly sponsored by Panorama City Neighborhood Council,  North Hills East Neighborhood Council,  North Hills West Neighborhood Council and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian



    6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Class 1 – Jan 16 (Introduction, Disaster Awareness)

    Class 2 – Jan 23 (Disaster Fire Suppression Techniques)

    Class 3 – Jan 30 (Disaster Medical Operations 1)

    Class 4 – Feb 6 (Disaster Medical Operations 2)

    Class 5 – Feb 13 (Light Search & Rescue Operations)

    Class 6 – Feb 20 (Team Organization & Disaster Psychology)

    Class 7 – Feb 27 (Terrorism & Homeland Defense)




    Well, it’s like paying for car insurance. You might never need it, in fact you hope you won’t.
    But if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having car insurance,
    means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and your neighborhood
    in an emergency situation.

    You will receive 17-1/2 hours of initial training by LAFD personnel.
    It is provided free of charge within the city of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over.                                                                                          If you miss a session, you can make it up at another CERT class.

    CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety,  light search and rescue,
    team organization and disaster medical operations.  You will learn how to prepare for emergencies,
    what supplies you should have NOW in your house, how much food and water, but most importantly,
    how to protect your family (and your neighbors) in an emergency!

    It is important to realize that when a major disaster occurs,   the fire department,  para- medics, police…
    WILL NOT COME! They will be deployed FIRST to major incidents such as collapsed buildings.
    That is why you constantly hear that you MUST be prepared to take care of yourself.
    In the CERT course they say…

    “The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number of People”

    When you are trained, you are far more equipped to deal with your circumstances
    without needing aid from outside sources.



    Organizer of LAFD CERT – PANORAMA CITY

    The Community Emergency Response Team Program’s concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985.  The 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.  As a result, the LAFD created this program to train citizens and private and government employees.

    The training program that LAFD initiated makes good sense and furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibility in preparing for disaster.  It also increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of preparing citizens.  The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy adopted and expanded the CERT materials making them applicable to all hazards.

    The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it.  This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster.  Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business, and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders.  These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster.

    To schedule a CERT class or other type of training, you can do the following:  Click on this link:  COMMUNITY TRAINING REQUEST – You can also call (213) 202-3136 or send an email to