CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

The Union City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trains community members, businesses and industries in emergency preparedness and basic disaster response techniques. This training enables them to be better prepared to aid their families, neighborhoods, and communities and support our public safety professionals in times of need.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations - because emergency responders won’t be able to reach everyone immediately in the event of most disasters, residents will initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference.

Are You Prepared? 

A major disaster is coming—some time. It might be an earthquake, landslide, flood, wildfire, tsunami, or other serious disaster.  Will you be prepared?

CERT Email List:

To sign up for the Union City CERT email list, submit your contact information here: https://connect.unioncitycert.org/contact

CERT Board of Directors:

Please contact members at: board@unioncitycert.org

  • Lee Guio – Board Member – CERT Coordinator
  • Don Uriu – Board Member – Logistic Section
  • Stacey Bales – Board Member – Treasurer/Secretary Section
  • Ryan Starks – Board Member – Training Section
  • Charles Bales – Board Member – Planning/Outreach Section
  • Richard Martinez – Board Member – City Manager Representative

CERT Documents:

CERT Events and Training Classes

Union City CERT hosts 1 to 1.5 hour informational Zoom or in person meetings, usually monthly, with guest speakers from many agencies and organizations.  Recent topics include:

  • PG&E Utilities
  • Environmental Health
  • First Aid and CPR training
  • Personal Preparedness
  • Pets in Disasters
  • Communications
  • Cyber Theft Prevention
  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Personal Security
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Disaster Family Plans

Classes are free and open to all, regardless of age or city.  People signed up on our contact list will be notified of the meetings by email.  See the current schedule below.  

To register for Union City CERT Events and Training visit: https://unioncitycert.eventbrite.com/

CERT Academy:

Union City CERT and the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) offer an opportunity to participate in a CERT training academy over two weekends at a convenient Union City location. Due to Covid restrictions, the academy will be offered via self-paced, online instruction with a hands-on practical exercise. The next 2-month class period will be from 11/01/21 to 1/05/22. The hands-on exercise will be scheduled in 2022. Registration opens in October 2021. Class size is limited. Union City residents will have registration priority. Pre-registration is required.

To register for the CERT Academy visit https://acfdcert.eventbrite.com/, call 510.632.3473 ext. 1721 or 925.833.3473 ext. 1721 or email us. Please provide name, address and telephone number. Class registration is free and open to community members who are 18 years or older. Teenagers between 14 to 17 years old may participate during the in person training portion if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

CERT Training Schedule:

View the 2021 CERT Training Schedule