Opportunity Details

Disaster & Emergency Services

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

CERT Basic Training Spring 2021

Thank you for your interest in the Spring 2021 CERT Basic Training!


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community to address hazards that may impact the City of Alexandria and to respond to emergency situations.  Learn basic disaster response skills such as damage assessment after a disaster, triage and giving first aid to victims, extinguishing small fires, performing light search and rescue, and providing much needed assistance in times of crisis.  When emergencies happen, CERT volunteers can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims and organizing volunteers at a disaster site.  CERT volunteers can also participate in non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.


The program is open to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or owns a business in the City of Alexandria. Classes will take place online Thursday nights 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  In-person exercises and graduation will be held on a Saturday at an outdoor location due to COVID-19 precautions.

You MUST REGISTER before attending class. The deadline to sign up for the CERT Basic training class is Monday, March 8.  Registrants will be sent more information on Tuesday, March 9.


For specific questions please contact Ray Whatley at ray.whatley@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-5266.  The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail ray.whatley@alexandriava.gov or call 703-746-5266.


Participants are required to attend all classes and the final exercises in order to graduate. Please make sure to add all the classes to your calendar. Classes will be held on Thursdays, starting at 7 PM:

March 11, 2021

March 18, 2021

March 25, 2021

April 1, 2021

April 8, 2021

April 15, 2021

April 22, 2021

In-person practical exercises and graduation:  Saturday April 24, 9 AM – 1 PM.


If you are unable to attend these classes, another course will be held in the Fall. Those course dates will be published early in the Fall.


We look forward to you joining Alexandria CERT!

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