Office of Emergency Services

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Disaster Preparedness

Office of Emergency Services

777 South Main Street

Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 586-2801 

About CERT:

CERT is an emergency preparedness program created to save lives and reduce property damage by training individuals to initiate mitigation activities before or immediately following an emergency.

In the event of a major disaster, sections of our community may be severely impacted. Should this happen, public safety professionals will be required to commit all available resources at their disposal to alleviate the emergency. The priorities of City personnel will be saving lives and focusing resources on the greatest number of people.

The protection of life and property before, during and after a disaster is the responsibility of all of us.

What are the purposes of CERT?

  • To create public awareness of potential threats to the community
  • To mitigate loss of life and property
  • To instruct individuals in self-help and mutual aid techniques
  • To provide training in the areas of recovery, special assistance and security

What deliverables does CERT offer to the community?

  • Description and awareness of natural and manmade threats to the community
  • Classroom and hands-on training in measures which may save lives and protect property
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Start-up guidance and ongoing assistance from Office of Emergency Services

What does the CERT training program consist of?

  • Classroom and practical training for individuals in Milpitas Community.
  • Exercise Drill consisting of a simple test and practical applications of learned skills.
  • Registration as a Disaster Service Worker

The time requirement is a commitment of 20 hours.

The outline of training is as follows:

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Emergency Medical Operations
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Team Organization & Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
  • Hands-on Exercise/Drill

Current Teams

  • SAFE Team 1 – The Pines Neighborhood
  • SAFE Team 2 – Parktown Neighborhood
  • SAFE Team 3 – Foothills Estates Neighborhood
  • SAFE Team 4 – The Reflections Neighborhood
  • SAFE Team 5 – The Sunnyhills Neighborhood
  • SAFE Team 6 – The Cardoza Park Neighborhood
  • SAFE Team 7 – Transit Area Neighborhood
  • SAFE Team 8 – The Town Center Neighborhood (East)


To receive free emergency preparedness training and become a member of the CERT program call (408) 586-2801.