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Sonoma / Napa Fire Assistance

The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is coordinating volunteers in Marin for this response effort. There are few volunteer opportunities in Marin, but this could change at any time.  Click here to sign up as a potential volunteer. The City of San Rafael is not conducting volunteer services for this event. More information on the County’s efforts can be found here: https://www.marincounty.org/main/county-press-releases. You can also get up to date information by following the County’s Twitter feed: @maringov.

Want to Get Involved?

The CERT Program provides training for neighbors to help neighbors during a crisis through Community Emergency Response Teams.

How Does CERT Work?

  • Trained volunteers become first responders in a disaster supporting professionals.
  • Teams are trained by the San Rafael Fire Department.
  • Training consists of 8 sessions:  communication, simple firefighting techniques, utility control, First Aid, search and rescue protocols, terrorism response and disaster management, assessing your home, workplace, and community for hazards/damages, community needs and available resources.
  • This program trains volunteers to work together with their neighbors to be safe and self-sufficient in the event of a disaster such as fire, mudslide, earthquake or civil unrest.
  • The Citizen Corps ask you to embrace the responsibilities to be prepared; to get trained in first-aid and volunteer to support local emergency responders.
  • Our CERT program is FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) compliant with the minimum of 21 hours training with an additional disaster simulation and wrap-up of 3 hours.
  • Started in Los Angeles after Mexico City quake where 200 untrained volunteer citizens became fatalities in the aftershocks while rescuing others.
  • Doing the most good for the most people!

Visit the San Rafael Office of Emergency Services for more information and class dates