Culver City CERT

Community Emergency Response Team


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About Us

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program was started by the Culver City Fire
Department in November 1997. The Culver City Community Emergency Response Team is an active part of the Culver City’s Emergency

Response Plan. Along with maintaining the skills necessary to assist our community in times of need, Culver City CERT proudly volunteers at events in an effort to support our community and

raise awareness of our Mission.

While the main purpose of CERT is to train citizens to take care of themselves, their families, and neighbors in the event of a disaster, many CERT Members in Culver City decide to volunteer to assist the city in times of emergency as well as disaster. Culver City CERT is under the control of the Culver City Fire Department and is run by a Board of Directors which serve a two year term.


The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness and response in order to take care of

their families and neighborhood in case of a disaster. The training includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can also decide to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response

agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

  In the event of an emergency the Culver City Fire Department can “activate” CERT to assist the city when needed. Members do not self “activate” unless there is a major earthquake effecting the city. They are contacted by the Culver City Fire Department to assist in the emergency.  


CERT Members also comprise the Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES), which maintains all HAM Radios in the CERT VEhicle and CIty Emergency Operations Center. These members hold FCC licenses for operating amateur radio.  CCARES members operate Emergency Communications (E-COMM) during Drills and Emergencies in the city. 

Visit the CCARES website here:

Sign Up

If you are interested in taking the CERT training please click the link below to get your FREE tickets.

Please make sure you will be able to commit yourself to attend ALL 3 Days of training
If you do not complete ALL of the training components you will need to make up the
Modules that you did not complete during a later class.

You will not be able to participate in CERT activities until you make up the missed training component(s).

  Hybrid CERT  

  The Culver City Fire Department has a new and exciting opportunity for you to be better prepared in an emergency and join the Culver City Community Emergency Response Team(CERT). Hybrid CERT is a time conscious program that will allow you to get involved and be prepared for an emergency, while taking a portion of the training in the comfort of your home. There are different modules that can be done at your leisure, or all at once, and when your online training is complete you can attend in-person sessions for those important hands-on skills. We look forward to you joining the team! If you have any questions please email or you can use the links below to sign up

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I took CERT / I'm a member of Culver City CERT, Now What?

There are several things you do once you have completed your CERT training. While there is no requirement for additional training,  we highly recommend you continue training; if you don't use it, you lose it. We have linked some ways for you to continue your preparedness efforts below. There are also 2-4 events per year where we need volunteers to help promote CC CERT and to talk about becoming disaster ready, these opportunities are emailed out or posted to Facebook.  

Culver City CERT General Meetings - FREE  

There are 3 General Meetings per year - February, May, and November. These meetings are listed in the Calendar on this site, and we do mini-refreshers and have guest speakers during these meetings, to help keep your skills sharp.


Thursday November 4, 2021 - 7pm-9pm (Virtual Meeting)

Culver City CERT Drills / Refresher - FREE

Each year CERT has two final drills, one each of our Spring, and Fall CERT classes. Graduates are always invited back to participate in the drill as volunteer victims to help provide realism to our students, volunteer responders to gain extra experience, or to be the Incident Commander to further your CERT abilities. 

Since 2017 we have been having an annual refresher usually in June, but sometimes in September. This is not required but it is highly encouraged that you attend. This is a one-day refresher 9am - 130pm, filled with minimal lectures, and lots of skills practice.

The 2021 Refresher will be Saturday October 16, 2021.  The signup link has been emailed to you, there is limited space, if you have not received the email you can reach out to

The Great California Shake Out - FREE

This is an annual event in October, you can sign up using the link below and participate at work, at school, or anywhere you are at 10:17AM. Culver City CERT also participates in a drill on this day as well. The Great California Shake Out will be Thursday October 21, 2021

The Great California Shake Out Home Page

Follow us on Social Media to stay updated - FREE

 The easiest way to stay connected and continue to train is to follow Culver City CERT on Social Media. We often post opportunities to volunteer as well as information about upcoming drills and events in the city and with our partner cities on Facebook. 

Culver City CERT on Twitter

Culver City CERT on Instagram

Culver City CERT on Facebook

Incident Command Training - FREE - Online Courses through FEMA

Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS 200

Stop The Bleed - FREE

Stop The Bleed - Class Finder

CPR/AED/Basic First Aid Classes - $$

American Heart Association - Class Finder

American Red Cross - Class Finder

American Safety and Health Institute - Class Finder

District 1

Eastside NERT(10) 

Rancho Higuera NERT (11) 

Downtown NERT (area 12)

Carlson Park East NERT (13) 

 North of Sony (NOS) NERT

 Blair Hills NERT (14) 

 Raintree NERT (15)

 Tara Hill NERT (16) 

 Lakeside Village NERT (17)

 Windsor Fountains NERT (18) 

 Carlson Park NERT (19)


City Hall BERT

Kathleen O'Donnell   

District 1 Manager

District 2

Studio Estates NERT (21) 

Coombs Park NERT (22) 

Westside NERT (23) 

Tellefson Park NERT (24)    
Vet’s Park NERT (25) 
DMV NERT (26) 

Little Culver NERT (27)

 School District BERT    

Martin Zisner

District 2 Manager

Distrait 3

Lindberg Park NERT (31) 

Culver Crest NERT (32)

East Sunkist NERT (33) 

Blanco Park NERT (34) 

Canterbury NERT (35) 

Green Valley NERT (36) 

West Sunkist NERT (37)

Lakeside Villas NERT (38) 

Heritage Park NERT (39)

Michael Landau

District 3 Manager

To Download the NERT maps please click the link below, or email us at and place "NERT Maps" in the email subject line.

District and NERT Maps


March 2020

CERT Class

(Lifts and Carries)

March 2020

CERT Class

(Fire Suppression)

February General Meeting 2020 Stop The Bleed Training

Public Information Officer Stephanie Benjamin Receiving Fire Department Award for dedication to the Community

Operations Manager

Erik Mayer

Receiving Fire Department Award for dedication to the Community

Chief White Addresses CERT Membership 2019

November General Meeting CCPD Active Shooter Lecture 2019


Shake Out Drill 2019

Fall CERT Class 2019


CERT Refresher 2019


Fiesta La Ballona 2019

May General Meeting 2019 Woolsey Fire Review


Who is eligible to take the training?

The training is free and available to residents of Culver City and those who work in Culver City. Non-Culver City residents may also attend if they live in an area with a CERT Program and space is available.  

What is involved in the Training?

The 21 hours of training, divided into three classes, includes an Introduction to Disaster Response, Disaster Medical Operations, Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Hazardous Materials, Terrorism Awareness and Incident Command. The training is “hands on” requiring students to apply what they learn in class. There is a “mock earthquake” drill on the last day where students practice everything they learned in training.

The course is conducted Saturdays; 9am to 4pm.

Is there an age minimum?

Participants must be a minimum of 16 years of age. 

Executive Board


Stephanie Benjamin is the President of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.

Vice President

Michael Landau is the Vice President of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.  


Stephen O'Donnell is the Treasurer of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.


Carol Kramer is the Member At Large of the Culver City CERT

Executive Board.  


Mia Cramer is the Secretary of the Culver City CERT Executive Board.  

Operations Manager

Erik Mayer is the Operations Manager.  

Logistics Manager

Ian Cousineau is the Logistics Manager.  

Public Information Officer (PIO)

Stephanie Benjamin is the Public Information Officer (PIO).

District 1 Manager

Kathleen O'Donnell is the District 1 Manager.

District 2 Manager

Marty Zisner is the District 2 Manager.  

District 3 Manager

Michael Landau is the District 3 Manager.  

Fundraising Manager

Valerie Hernandez is the Fundraising Manager.  

Training Manager

Earle Hartling is the Training Manager.  


Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service

 About Us

The Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES) is a volunteer organization of area residents who have obtained an FCC amateur radio license. CCARES works with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), whom they are directly affiliated with, the Culver City Fire Department, and the Culver City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to provide communication in case of emergencies that might disable telephone or cellular service. Community members are encouraged to study for and take the 35 question test required for this FCC radio license, acquire a radio and join us in assisting with vital inter-neighborhood and Culver City wide communications in cases of widespread disaster or emergency.  

Culver City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CCARES) - Website

How do I get involved?

Contact us at if you are or would like to become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and will agree to support CCARES during disaster operations.


The K6CCR repeater is located near the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and is on:

445.6 MHz, CTCSS code 131.8, standard offset of -5 MHz.

Club Day Activity plan:

  • 10a – 10:30a: General housekeeping & check of the systems in the radio room.
  • 10:30a – 10:45a: A short check-in Net utilizing members who are on hand to conduct the net. We will announce any activities we have planned for the day and invite folks to join us. We might also have variants of the net exploring Simplex, Winlink & ARDEN check-ins as time goes on.
  • The focus of club day and subjects covered will change from month to month, some days we will perform hands-on work with equipment, some days will involve field work with radios & some with outside presenters.

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