Temescal Valley Disaster Response Team needs you!

CERTIFIED!: Several Temescal Valley residents received their Community Emergency Response Team certification at an October CERT class.

The county Emergency Management Department (EMA), has devoted resources for the formation of a Disaster Response Team (DRT), for Temescal Valley.

Why? We all chose to live here, a narrow valley with no east-west exits and only one north-south roadway in addition to the I-15. We’re surrounded by lush vegetation – easy fuel for wildfires, and we sit on top of the Elsinore Fault Zone, capable of a 7.5 earthquake. The epicenter of its largest recorded tremblor, a magnitude 6.0 in 1910, was in Temescal Valley.


View the county’s Disaster Response Team Prerequisites package HERE

After reviewing it, and if you want to join the team, let us know at:

We will then pass your contact info on to county EMD to be included in the team email list.

If disaster strikes, we must be able to take care of ourselves and our families, and be prepared to assist our neighbors, as well. That’s what Disaster Response Team training teaches. The team will meet quarterly for training, and team members also are on call if needed by county EMA.

There are prerequisites before volunteers can be sworn-in as a Disaster Service Worker, but the time invested in this free program will be well worth it when disaster strikes.

Applicants must have Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), training and certification. The next 20-hour CERT class offered in Temescal Valley will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 and 11 at a place to be announced later.  The class is four hours Friday night and eight hours on both Saturday and Sunday.

Potential team members must also fill out an application and take four FEMA online courses. The application cannot be submitted until the FEMA courses are completed, but can be submitted prior to CERT certification. Applicants also must have a no-cost background check.

Temescal Valley DRT now has over 20 potential members who are working toward the prerequisites. The majority are residents of Horsethief Canyon Ranch and Wildrose Ranch, but Sycamore Creek, The Retreat and Dawson Canyon also are represented. The goal is to have team members from every community in Temescal Valley.

2 thoughts on “Temescal Valley Disaster Response Team needs you!

    1. admin Post author

      No, Lisa — no need to take CERT training again unless you were certified years ago and might need a refresher course.


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