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AV CERT members being trained by an LA County firefighter on how to properly use a firehose and its nozzle to put out a fire.


Antelope Valley CERT members learn essential skills and capabilities to prepare for and respond to any disaster through hands-on practice and realistic exercises.

Our Mission

The Antelope Valley Community Emergency Response Team (AV CERT) provides disaster preparedness training to the public on the hazards that may impact our desert & rural communities.  Trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search & rescue, team organization, amateur radio, and disaster medical operations, our civilian volunteer teams throughout the Antelope Valley provide critical auxiliary support to emergency services personnel during emergencies & disasters and help to increase the Antelope Valley's overall level of disaster readiness.

AV CERT members during a training day use teamwork to lift a patient on a backboard to carry the patient to safety.
Photo of AV CERT training facility signage at a fire station in Lancaster, CA.
Monthly Meetings

AV CERT's monthly meetings are  open to the public. Come meet us and find out how you can become a member of our local teams. See our calendar to find an upcoming meeting.

Amateur radio operators are invited to join our weekly radio nets. See our Team Resources page for more information.


AV CERT has partnered with LISTOS California as part of the state's public health and safety outreach campaign, Social Bridging Project.  AV CERT team members place direct phone calls to people at risk from COVID-19 and natural disasters.  We are providing people comfort and resource information that social-distancing has otherwise created difficulties in providing by other means.  "With every call, the Social Bridging Project assures Californian's facing adversity: You Are Not Alone."

Please help AV CERT earn participation credits by learning more about LISTOS by visiting the link below and downloading the LISTOS California Disaster Ready Guide.  The guide is designed to give Californians a handy step-by-step plan for any disaster.

Community members standing together for a photo during an AV CERT Basic Training course.

AV CERT Basic Training Courses

AV CERT Lake Los Angeles class graduates group photo holding AV CERT banner. In front of the William B. Shaw Community Cultural Center.
AV CERT Growth

These are the community members of the AV CERT Basic Training class in Sun Village, CA (February 2020).  These community members are now AV CERT Level 1 volunteers.  They trained to serve the disaster preparedness needs of the community while increasing the overall level of disaster readiness of the Antelope Valley.

Welcome to AV CERT, Sun Village!

AV CERT members receiving verbal training by an LA County firefighter during a training day. An LA County firetruck is in the scene.
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