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Issaquah Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The CERT program educates community members like you how to prepare and respond when a major event happens by training people in basic disaster preparedness and response skills to take care of themselves, their family, their neighborhood, and the community.

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CERT Training Curriculum

The purpose of CERT training is to provide individuals with the basic skills that they will need to respond to the immediate needs of themselves, their family, neighborhood and community in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available.  By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques of the course.  The target audience for this course are individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster.

CERT training is typically a four-week course with two classes per week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Issaquah Public Works Operations, 670 1st Ave. NE, Issaquah 98027.  The classes are offered in the spring and fall.  You must attend all sessions to pass the class2.  For additional details on each unit of the class, click the unit's name.

 Mar. 12Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness  Mar. 26Unit 6: Fire Safety and Utility Controls 3
 Mar. 14Unit 2: CERT Organization 3  Mar. 28Unit 7: Light Search & Rescue Operations 3
 Mar. 19Unit 3: Disaster Medical Ops - Part 1  Apr. 4Unit 8: CERT and Terrorism 3
 Mar. 21Unit 4: Disaster Medical Ops - Part 2  Apr. 6Final Disaster Simulation 4
 Apr. 2Unit 5: Disaster Psychology 3  TBDUnit 9: Next steps and other opportunities

CERT Training Notes

  1. You will be provided PPE, which includes a CERT backpack and vest, a hard hat, mask, goggles and gloves. You will receive your PPE when you come to the first "practical day."
  2. If you miss a class, you can attend a make-up class with other CERT training programs in the area.  You will need to download the CERT Make Up Class Form or obtain one in class. Complete the form, have the make-up CERT instructor sign it and return to your Issaquah CERT instructor.  A Summary table for Eastside CERT Courses can be downloaded for a quick look. This table will be updated as information changes.
  3. FRS (Family Radio Service) radio skills are also a part of this course.  Radio skills are always a critical part of Issaquah's final disaster simulation (and real-life disasters).
  4. The Final Disaster Simulation brings together many of the skills learned in the course and provides a lesson on how to apply them in a realistic mockup of a disaster that could occur in Issaquah.


Registration for the Spring 2024 CERT is now open.  Click the REGISTER button to register.


The class is filling fast, but there is a waiting list.  You will be notified if a space becomes available.

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