Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team is a federal program that educates people about disaster preparedness and basic response skills. Bellevue’s CERT program is designed to empower residents who live or work in Bellevue to be better prepared for unexpected emergencies.

The CERT course incorporates disaster preparedness, fire and safety utility controls, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations, organization, disaster psychology, and terrorism.

Basic training offers the opportunity to participate in a disaster simulation and to be registered as a city emergency worker.

Why is CERT Needed?

In a disaster, Bellevue’s police officers and firefighters will be flooded with requests for help, and it may take some time for them to reach your neighborhood. CERT training aims to provide residents with skills to assist their communities during disasters, when police or firefighters are unavailable.

CERT Fire Safety Lesson

Additionally, CERTs can distribute preparedness materials and lead preparedness demonstrations, ensuring community members have up-to-date information about local hazards and know about the Map Your Neighborhood program.

Bellevue's CERT Offerings

Our first CERT course of 2019 is currently underway. More information about upcoming CERT courses will be available soon. For questions about CERT please e-mail


Want to learn CERT skills but can't spare eight weeks or a weekend? Our three-hour CERT Lite program might be just right for you! In this station-style training, residents learn critical, life-saving skills including personal preparedness, light disaster medical, fire safety and light search and rescue concepts.

CERT Lite classes for 2019 are currently being scheduled. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.



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