VERT Transitioning to CERT

Effective March 1, 2019


The City of La Canada Flintridge will be transitioning the Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) to the nationally recognized COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) program.   The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now uses the program as a national model for other communities and both the City’s partner public safety agencies, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have implemented department-wide CERT training Programs.  Having a unified program with our local public safety partners will increase the capacity to which participants in the City’s new CERT program can offer.


An added feature of CERT is the incorporation training developed by FEMA allowing the consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization.   This training allows professional responders the ability to rely upon CERT members during disaster situations. 


Being trained on how to respond during an emergency situation or a disaster in your own community is one of the most important things you can do to assist others when professional responders are not immediately available to help.  CERT members also provide critical support to professional responders during an emergency situation or a disaster.  If you are interested in participating in CERT please contact Chris Carey, Emergency Services Coordinator, via email at