CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)

Welcome to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Information page

Our Mission Statement

The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Community Emergency Response Team (LGMS CERT) is an all-volunteer, community-based emergency preparedness organization, supported by and operating within the command structure of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. The primary mission of LGMS CERT is to provide support and assistance to our communities and emergency services personnel during emergencies or disasters. But an equally important mission is to increase the overall level of disaster readiness by training and educating individuals within the communities of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno in emergency preparedness and basic disaster response techniques. 

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About CERT

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is one of the most visible Town emergency preparedness programs, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This 21-hour course offers training in disaster preparation response and recovery skills.

During disasters, police and fire department personnel may be unavailable to respond to all emergency events. CERT members may be called upon to serve in their neighborhoods, as well as areas outside of their immediate neighborhoods.

CERT, under the direction of the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, has identified CERT neighborhoods and is establishing Neighborhood Incident Command Posts to assist CERT members with emergency response efforts during a disaster.

CERT Annual Drill 2022 - Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Lyndon Avenue

The drill will take place in the Almond Grove neighborhood and downtown area using multiple resources to simulate a disaster response after a large earthquake. We invite all CERT’s, community residents and businesses to join us by participating. Learn how CERT and volunteers can support our community during a disaster. Scan the QR Code below or click on the link to Register

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Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness


Find out about a Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Meeting with your Neighborhood

In an emergency, the last thing you want to think about is how to prepare, you want to be prepared already, to have a plan in place.

  • Learn about  Personal Emergency Preparedness
  • Meet your neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team
  • Learn about your Neighborhood Incident Command Post and how would it help you in a disaster
  • How can you help when a disaster strikes

Questions can be emailed to Jrose@losgatosca.gov or 408-354-6853

Register here if you'd like to attend your Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Meeting

Note: Future meetings are being scheduled upon neighborhood interest.

Prepare for Wildfire: Ready, Set, Go Webinars 

Topics for this presentation will include:

  Red Flag Warnings and Responding to Extreme Fire Conditions

  Creating Defensible Space and Fire Safe Landscaping

  Making Your Home More Fire Resistant

  Creating a Wildfire Action Plan

  Evacuation Planning

  Programs and Services to Build Fire Resilient Communities

  Saturday, September 24, 9:30am to 11:00am

  Register here, Find more information here

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Santa Clara County Fire Emergency Preparedness & Safety Adult Series Free Training


Are You Prepared for a Medical Emergency?

  • Recognize medical emergencies and when to call 9-1-1. Learn how to report 9-1-1 emergencies and what to do before help arrives. Be prepared with completed medical documents and explore resources for family members and hired caregivers.  Instructor: Fire Dept. 

Crime Prevention & Home Fire Safety:  

  • Protect against fraud and identity theft. Discuss personal safety and home security protection methods. Identify suspicious activity and know when to report it.  Understand fire risks and practice safety habits to prevent fires. Develop a home escape plan.  Instructors: Law Enforcement & Fire Dept.

Fall Prevention & Wellness Resources:

  • Identify fall risks and learn simple and effective home modifications to prevent falls. Get connected with community resources to maintain safety and wellness. Meet local firefighters and see the fire engine and equipment. Instructor: Stanford Health Care & Fire Dept.

 Be Ready: Be Prepared for Disasters

  • Learn about Bay Area disaster risks, how to make a plan and prepare for a disaster, disaster supply kit contents, and how to stay informed during and after the disaster. Learn about important communication systems and how to communicate with your support network during a disaster. Instructor: Fire Dept.

 For more information, search our safety & emergency classes at: www.sccfd.eventbrite.com 

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Become A CERT Member

You can find your CERT neighborhood by viewing the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno CERT Neighborhood Map

This course is designed to be a fun, interactive learning experience for adults of all ages. The final session is an exercise that includes a disaster drill and fire extinguisher training. Please confirm your attendance, as seats are limited. All Sessions are required to graduate. There is a $35 Fee for the CERT Academy. For more information on the CERT program please contact Jackie Rose, Community Outreach Coordinator at (408) 354-6853 or e-mail Santa Clara County Fire info@sccfd.net 

Register for the Next Academy

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