The CERT Academy teaches basic disaster preparedness & response skills, extinguishing small fires, light search and rescue, team organization, and the medical do’s & don’ts in a disaster environment. Using the information learned in the classroom and during hands-on exercises, students will discover how to assist family and others in their neighborhood or workplace following an emergency when professional responders are often not immediately available.
The CERT Academy is free of charge! Anyone 18 years or older, who lives or works in Simi Valley is eligible to participate. Each participant will receive a student workbook, a CERT start-up kit (helmet, work gloves, vest, safety goggles and flashlight) and a certificate upon completion of the entire course. Classes are held on a weeknight evening for six (6) consecutive weeks from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the City’s Emergency Operations Center. A one-day disaster simulation wraps up the course on the last day the class meets, which is a Saturday. The schedule for the Fall 2019 CERT Academy is here:
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Saturday, November 16, 2019 8:00A.M.- 4 P.M.
Monday, November 18, 2019 Graduation 6-8 P.M.
CERT Academy Graduates who’ve completed the entire course will receive a certificate of completion and be invited to attend a public recognition ceremony held during the Simi Valley City Council Meeting on the Monday evening immediately following the Saturday Disaster Simulation class. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
The CERT Academy curriculum is available to community members in Simi Valley due to a long standing partnership between the City of Simi Valley and the Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD). VCFD provides instructors and the master calendar (http://vcfd.org/about-vcfd/our-calendar#year=2017&month=10&day=1&view=month) for CERT academies throughout Ventura County, while each City Jurisdiction provides the training venue and manages local administration of the academy for their community. The CERT Academy is partially funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).