Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

There are SBCC campus staff who have been CERT trained. They've attended 24 hours of classroom and hands-on CERT training that included:

  • Using a fire extinguisher, turning off gas/water/electricity
  • Basic first aid, triage and setting up treatment areas
  • Assessing buildings to determine possible structural damage and other hazards
  • Search & Rescue of missing or trapped people

When campus disasters occur, trained CERT staff will be notified by emergency services to assist in response. They will be wearing green vests and dark green hard hats, and will be seen at evacuation sites and patrolling the campus using their skills to help others. If you are CERT certified, to be notified, CERT members can sign up for specific CERT messaging by texting (no quotes) "Join CERT" to the number 30890. This group would be texted only in the event Security or First Responders need additional resources from our CERT trained staff, such as traffic control, building sweeps or other needs.

Email to find out about upcoming trainings on campus, free for SBCC employees.

CERT is a Federally approved program taught across the United States.  The skills you learn will allow you to help yourself, your home, your neighborhood and your campus safely respond to emergencies. SBCC coordinates training through the City of SB, if possible, to be hosted on campus. CERT training may be completed at anytime by employees through the City of SB or other jurisdictions.

National CERT Website 

FEMA SB City CERT website

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards 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. CERT training is encouraged for SBCC Staff or Faculty. Useful for both home and campus preparedness. There is a 18 person minimum for the college to host the CERT training on SBCC campus. If not, Staff or Faculty may take CERT training with the City and be reimbursed by the college. For more information, email

For more information, please visit Santa Barbara County's CERT website.