Community Emergency Response Team

CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a local emergency or disaster when professional responders are overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist all individuals.

CERT Basic Training

Fall 2021 CERT Basic Training Schedule


Participants must submit a completed application two weeks before the classes and pass a City-processed background check.

Contact Information

Michael Archuleta
Emergency Operations Coordinator
Telephone: 505-244-8651
Email: [email protected]

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards (e.g., fire, flood, power outage) that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Other topics include putting together your own disaster kit, disaster psychology and disaster incident management.

The training involves six (6) weekday evening sessions and one weekend (1) morning session for a total of 21 hours. This training consists of interactive skills based training, lectures and concludes with a hands on training exercise. Class registration is free and open to community members who are 18 years or older. Teenagers between 16 to 17 years old may participate in the training if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

By becoming a CERT team member, you will receive the training you need to do “the greatest good for the greatest number of people” in the event of an emergency. Volunteers are needed in your neighborhood, so sign up for CERT classes today so that we can make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared!

How Does CERT Help in the Community?

Once a disaster strikes, CERT team members are encouraged to check on their families, neighbors and home first. CERT members then assemble at a pre-designated area and organize into teams. These teams spread out into their neighborhood or workplace to:

  • To serve as the eyes and ears of the City’s Emergency Operations Center and first responders
  • Manage utilities and put out small fires
  • Treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock
  • Provide basic medical aid, and
  • Search for and rescue victims safely.

Albuquerque CERT contributions go beyond disaster response. In the past, they’ve patrolled the Bosque to keep a watch out for any fires that may erupt, helped out at large-scale events such as the annual International Balloon Fiesta and taught CERT classes.

About CERT

Learn more: What Community Emergency Response Team Training Teaches Participants