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

Bellevue will offer two more CERT courses in 2018. You can apply for a spot in either by  downloading the application, completing it and sending it to

  • accelerated, three-day course June 22-24
  • eight-week course, with classes every Wednesday, Aug. 29-Oct. 20

CERT Lite 

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, as well as receiving a brief introduction to the Map Your Neighborhood program.

You can register through Eventbrite.

  • May 19 - Wilburton
  • June 9 - West Bellevue and Woodridge
  • July 21 - Lake Hills
  • Aug. 25 - West Lake Sammamish
  • Sept. 15 - Eastgate/Factoria
  • Oct. 13 - Somerset/Cougar Mountain/Lakemont
  • Nov. 3 - Newport and open


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