Welcome To PVPCERT


Community Emergency Response Training

FREE EVENT: Prepared Peninsula Expo

  • October 29, 2017 Noon until 3:00 PM (Flyer)
  • Norris Pavilion
    5001 Indian Peak Road
    Rolling Hills Estates
  • Free Food and "Trick or Treat" for kids in costume
  • Emergency Tips
  • Build your emergency bag
  • Demonstrations

Palos Verdes Peninsula Community Emergency Response Team

The PVPCERT is a government/community resource that provides basic training in disaster preparedness necessary to help you help your family, your neighborhood, and your community in a disaster. We are a registered California Corporation and have IRS Tax Exempt status as a nonprofit entity under IRS 501 (c) (3).
  • PVPCERT is a Community Emergency Response Team that is unique to the Peninsula area.
  • Benefits of such a team can provide for an effective first response.
  • Members are provided continuous training.
  • PVPCERT team members meet on a bi-monthly basis to review various scenarios dealing with natural disasters
  • Your tax deductable donation will help us stay prepared and help others prepare.



Meetings are held at Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes at 7:00PM on the 4th Thursday of odd numbered months.
Meeting Schedule Theme
March 23, 2017

Disaster First Aid and Medicine

DR. CLAYTON KAZAN, MEDICAL DIRECTOR TO THE LA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR, will review disaster medical response and treatment of victims which CERT members may come across in a situation when the emergency services are overwhelmed and unable to immediately respond.

Dr. Kazan will cover triage, rapid, life saving treatment and basic field medical treatment giving practical advice based on the CERT program and his years of experience in the Emergency Room.

May 25, 2017

Disaster Preparedness - How prepared are you? Are you ready for fire season?

There have been several small wildfires in Palos Verdes over the last few years, appropriate brush clearance along with the quick response by LA County Fire, property loss has been kept to a minimum. This year with the large rainfall, vegetation has grown rampantly. With the warm weather it will soon be dried out .

Engineer Quintin Humphrey of LA County Fire will discuss wildfire preparedness and general disaster preparedness specifically in Palos Verdes and relate it to the flooding on the East Coast. Come and learn what you need to do to be ready.

August 31, 2017

To Be Announced

October 26, 2017

To Be Announced


The approved CERT Course is a 20 hour course and is provided at no charge to our communities through grants from the Department of Homeland Security, The State of California and LA County. In order to complete CERT Certification students must complete the entire 20 hour course. You may make up missed classes during other CERT Courses anywhere in LA County based on availability. Visit the LA County Fire Department web site at fire.lacounty.gov for more details. We schedule basic CERT training sessions.
PVP CERT Training Schedule, 2017
August 5, 2017
August 19, 2017
Amateur Radio Class Flyer

FCC "Technician" course (entry level)
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM both Saturdays (bring your lunch)

FCC "General" course (2nd level)
General 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM both Saturdays
The FCC tests will be August 26, 2017 10:00 AM until noon.

PVPCERT training and participation provides essential training and information to enable you to prepare your homes and families to cope during the critical period immediately following a disaster. That is when professional emergency services will be taxed beyond capability. PVPCERT will train you to become part of the solution and to do the most good for the highest number of people as part of a trained, well managed team. The goal of PVPCERT is to:

  • Prepare you, your family and your home to survive a disaster.
  • Prepare you to assist families and neighbors in time of a disaster.
  • Prepare teams of Peninsula residents as first responders to support regular emergency personnel in a disaster.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff provide training at no cost to the student. Basic training consists of seven comprehensive training sessions which include demonstrations and exercises in such areas as:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Fire Suppression
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology, Organization and Terriorism
  • Disaster Simulation and Exercise


The Peninsula Emergency Response Team was developed in the aftermath of the Northridge earthquake, demonstrating the further importance of civilian volunteers. As a result, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, in cooperation with the cities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, developed PVPCERT with the intent of giving volunteers a higher level of basic skills in firefighting, search and rescue, disaster medicine, and preparedness.