To schedule a CERT Disaster Awareness Course, call the LAFD Disaster Preparedness Section at 818-756-9674.

The Los Angeles Fire Department's Disaster Awareness Course was developed because of the need to educate the Citizens of Los Angeles in Disaster Preparedness.

This 3 1/2 hour training course will provide an overview of basic Disaster Preparedness and serve as an introduction to the comprehensive, 17 1/2 hour, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training.

The Disaster Awareness Course is designed to fit the needs of various types of people or groups. The training provides these people with the information to help themselves, family, and co-workers during times of disaster.

Disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation can minimize the effects of a disaster and facilitate recovery. The benefits of this program are numerous. It can increase our overall level of disaster readiness, provide emergency skills that people may use in day-to-day emergencies, enhance the bond between government and community, increased community spirit, and improve the quality of life for your family and the people of your community.

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The Disaster Awareness Course consists of the following:

  • Introduction to disasters and the types of disasters that the community may be susceptible to, including WMD incidents.
  • Review smaller emergencies that may be found at home or in the workplace, such as electrical shorts, fires, and accidents.
  • Mitigation and prevention of emergencies - specifically describing the benefits of evacuation plans and emergency supply kits.
  • Overview of basic search and rescue techniques and education on when such rescues are appropriate.
  • Overview of basic disaster medical operations and lessons in basic life support.