Disaster Preparedness

Los Angeles is at risk for multiple disasters. Disaster preparedness not only consists of having a survival kit in your home, place of business, and your car, but it is also the knowledge that can travel with you wherever you go. The LAFD Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Unit provides disaster preparedness training courses throughout the City free of charge, year-round. Training course options range from in-depth multi-week CERT Training to single-day courses on various emergency preparedness topics.

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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors.

  • CERT members receive 17 1/2 hours (one day a week for seven weeks) of initial training.
  • CERT is provided free of charge within the city of Los Angeles to anyone 18 or over.
  • Classes are taught year-round, Monday-Friday, morning, afternoon, or evening. 
  • All Classes are instructed by an experienced LAFD Firefighter.

Want to schedule a class for your group?
Fill out the Community training request form or call (213) 202-3136 to make arrangements. You must have a minimum of 25 people and a pre-arranged training location.

To learn more about CERT go to https://www.CERT Unit-la.com/ for resources, events, and more.

The Los Angeles Fire Department wants to prepare you for threats in your home, workplace, and community. Classes are taught by the LAFD CERT Unit and can be arranged by request. Fill out the Community training request form or call (213) 202-3136 to make arrangements. You must have a minimum of 25 people and a pre-arranged training location.

Preparedness topics include:

  • Earthquake Safety and Preparedness
  • Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training
  • How to Prepare Smartly before a Disaster
  • Emergency Preparedness Kits 


Emergency Prep GuideLAFD Emergency Preparedness Guide
Los Angeles is susceptible to a variety of emergencies both natural and man-made. Not only should we all be prepared and ready for these emergencies, but we should also know what to do before, during, and after an incident occurs. It is extremely important to also be aware of emergency plans that may already exist in your school, work, house of worship, or wherever you may be. This guide will help you get informed, have a plan, and get involved.

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