COVID Hasn’t Stop CERT Training

Tualatin CERT team volunteers train at the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Training Center
Tualatin CERT team volunteers train at the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Training Center. Courtesy/Tualatin CERT
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Thanks to the City of Tualatin and our wonderful CERT Trainers, you can learn how to prepare for an emergency and volunteer to help the community when a catastrophic disaster hits.  How?  By signing up for CERT training.  All training is free.  Thanks to the City of Tualatin, members of the CERT team receive free basic backpack kits, radios and other equipment.  Class space is limited.  

To sign up, email Membership Director Brian Fant at

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a national program designed to prepare Tualatin’s residents and company employees to help themselves, their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster. Trained instructors guide participants through a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) course covering basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available.  Our teams are organized by neighborhoods and CIOs (Community Involvement Organizations).

Volunteers completing this course will receive CERT equipment, and instruction to respond to an earthquake or other emergency during a pandemic using social distancing and protection equipment.  You will so become a member of the Tualatin CERT Team.

COVID and physical distancing measures currently limit our ability to meet in-person.  Our Spring 2022 Basic 9-week CERT Course starts Tuesday, March 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.  Zoom sessions repeat every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. for 7 sessions followed by 2 in-person exercises from 8 am to Noon on April 16th and April 23rd. 

The companion online self-study course is offered through the University of Utah.  Online topics are:

  • Disaster Preparedness 
  • CERT Organization
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Fire Safety and Utility Controls
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Terrorism and CERT

If you can’t attend a full CERT-Ready session, Tualatin CERT also offers a two-hour Tualatin Neighborhood Ready presentation via Zoom, to help your neighborhood get better prepared.  To request a presentation for your neighborhood, contact Barbara Bracken at

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