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Emergency Preparedness

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CERT LogoThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program provides for community self-sufficiency in order to meet the general public's urgent life saving and sustenance needs until emergency personnel arrive. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medial operations. Using their training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event and can take a more active role in preparing their community.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer certification requires a commitment to 20 hours of training (must attend all 20hrs). Under the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD) and most other operational area programs there is no cost for the training. Only those who successfully complete the practical exercise with hands-on instruction in fire suppression, search and rescue, cribbing, and medical operations will receive a certificate of completion and a free CERT kit. County EMD class size is limited to the first 40 people who register. Because most CERT programs are funded by FEMA grants, you can register for any class offered by the following programs.

The CERT program is well described at County EMD web site:

A calendar of upcoming classes can be found at:

Riverside County Operational Area CERT Programs
There are currently twenty-four jurisdictions supporting CERT Programs within the County. They are: County of Riverside, City of Beaumont, City of Blythe, Cathedral City, City of Canyon Lake, City of Coachella, City of Corona, City of Desert Hot Springs, City of Hemet, City of Idyllwild, City of Indio, City of La Quinta, City of Lake Elsinore, City of Menifee, City of Moreno Valley, City of Murrieta, City of Palm Desert, City Palm Springs, City of Rancho Mirage, City of Riverside, City of San Jacinto, City of Temecula,City of Wildomar. The County OES programs are no charge.

Citizen Corps Councils have been established in the City of Temecula, and City of Lake Elsinore. Eastvale's own Jurupa Citizen Corps has been serving the Eastvale and Jurupa Valley area for more than a decade. Please visit to learn more about family and community preparedness and get involved with fellow local CERT volunteers in making our community more disaster resilient.

Riverside County Early Warning Notification System (EWNS)

A telephone alerting system for Riverside County.  The Early Warning Notification System (EWNS) allows public safety first responders to rapidly alert and warn the public in the event of emergencies. To register for the EWNS, please visit the Riverside County website at:

Early Warning Notification System (EWNS) Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ's):

Q:  What phone numbers are part of the EWNS?
A:  The primary phone number of every business and residence in Riverside County who has traditional phone service, whether it is a listed or unlisted phone number.

Q:  Are cell phone numbers or Voice Over IP (VoIP) part of the system?
A:  You may add your cell phone and VoIP numbers via a secure website.  To register your cell phone or VoIP for the EWNS, please visit the Riverside County website at:

Q:  What will the EWNS be used for?
A:  The EWNS will be used to alert and warn the residents of Riverside County in the event of a small to medium sized emergency.  These may include wildfires, floods, hazardous materials, severe weather, and law enforcement incidents.

Q:  How many calls can the EWNS make?
A:  The EWNS can make up to 250,000 calls per hour. 

* Funding: The Riverside County EWNS was initially funded by a Federal Grant (DR-1498).  Ongoing cost and maintenance for the system is provided by the County of Riverside.

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