Neighborhood Emergency Response Team

Neighborhood Emergency Response Team

Loma Prieta Earthquake Cypress Structure collapse - October 17, 1989



he Loma Prieta earthquake and aftermath of October 17, 1989 demonstrated the importance of civilian volunteers during a disaster.  In a large scale disaster, the use of volunteers may be even more widespread and more necessary.   With this in mind, the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) has undertaken a program of civilian emergency response training.  The intention of this training is to give volunteers a higher level of basic skills in fire fighting, search and rescue, disaster medicine and preparedness.


This training will be utilized in three specific ways.  Neighborhood Emergency Response team members will be: 

1) Better prepared in self sufficiency following a disaster

2) Able to provide emergency assistance to their family, immediate neighbors and co-workers

3)  Able to work as a team in their neighborhood in the event of a major disaster.  The Fire Department’s goal is to provide this training to the civilian population as identified and coordinated by neighborhood, work place, church or other groupings. 

Hosted by SF State’s Office of Emergency Preparedness, students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE training which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco. Participants must attend all sessions to gain the full benefit of the training, a certificate and NERT – ID badge will be issued upon completing the 3-day course.

NERT is a community based training program dedicated to a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach. It is beneficial for individuals, businesses, neighborhood groups and community based organizations in San Francisco. Through this program, individuals will learn the basics in personal preparedness and prevention that can be used at home or in the workplace. The training also includes hands on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team.

Free Training!!!

Hosted by:  San Francisco State University, Office of Emergency Preparedness
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Who:        Everyone!!!

WHAT:     Disaster Preparedness Training



HOW:      TBD

WHY:       Because it’s everything you need to know to protect yourself, your home and family, and your workplace.

** Please noteParticipants must attend all sessions in order to gain the full scope and benefit of the training.  A certificate and ID Badge may be issued to those that successfully complete the course.  Participants that miss any classes may be eligible to attend make-up sessions at other locations. Call the NERT office at (415) 970-2024.


Class Sessions Day #1?

  • Earthquake Awareness, Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation
  • Fire Extinguishers; Hazardous Materials; Utilities Shut-offs; Terrorism Awareness

Class Sessions Day #2?

  • Disaster Medicine Light Search and Rescue

Class Sessions Day #3?

  • Disaster Psychology, Team Organization and Management and ICS
  • Hands-on Training Skills Development and Application


*Note:  Participants that miss any classes may be eligible to attend make-up sessions at other locations. Visit the NERT website for further information, or call the NERT office at (415) 970-2024.

**Please Note:   Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, especially on Day #3 for the hands-on activities.

SFSU Office of Emergency Preparedness contact is Lieutenant Troy Liddi, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, 338-2745.