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A typical NERT volunteer is not one type. The NERT volunteer is anyone who is active and involved in the community--or wants to be. NERT teams are best formed in neighborhoods through a partnership with existing community groups such as a Neighborhood Watch program, Rotary Club, business group, faith based group or homeowners association. Together with their neighbors, team members and coworkers, they build a NERT network within their own community, teaming with the San Francisco Fire Department. All residents can benefit from NERT training. (Participations under 18 require the signature of a parent or guardian.)

NERT connects volunteers with a network of fellow volunteers all working together for a common cause. NERT members are trained citizen first responders who can help save lives.

The NERT Training Program is a 20 hour comprehensive program consisting of six (6) class sessions.  Delivery of these 6 sessions is offered in a variety of scheduling options. Every potential volunteer must 1) attend and complete all six classes; 2) upon completion of the training, SFFD may provide a certification; 3) individuals who complete the program and obtain certification may be invited to volunteer; and 4) all individuals invited to volunteer continue to do so at the discretion of SFFD.

The training instructors are professional firefighters. There is no cost for our neighborhood training classes. There is a fee for private training.
Explore this website for a complete course outline , our current schedule and more information. You are welcome to register for any neighborhood class. If you have any questions or are interested in finding out how you, your group or your business can get involved, please contact the NERT office.

Lt. Erica Arteseros
SFFD NERT Training Program Coordinator

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"Supervisor Katy Tang's office has been working with neighbors and community organizations to develop an emergency preparedness action plan specific to the Sunset District, called Resilient Sunset. We are excited to announce that the Neighborhood Supply Bins Pilot Program will be launched this month. Under this pilot project, NERT-certified residents or SF SAFE participants in the Sunset are eligible to receive free emergency supply bins for storage in their home, along with emergency preparedness supplies.

The bins have been made in partnership with Recology, and they are the same size as your recycling, trash, and compost bins. Participants will need to agree to a few conditions in order to accept an emergency supply bin, such as maintaining and updating the supplies each year and sharing resources with neighbors during times of emergency. During the pilot phase, we plan to distribute about 50 bins to Sunset residents, faith-based organizations, and non-profits. We hope to continue to provide bins to more residents in our community.

If you are interested in receiving an emergency supply bin, please contact our office at (415) 554-7460 or email"

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Posted Feb 2, 2017
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NERT Workshop
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:00pm - 9pm
St. Philip Church & School, 775 Diamond St @ 24th St

If the full NERT training is not possible for you at this time, we encourage you to take this free, 2-hour workshop. Taught by SF Fire Fighter (and NERT Program Coodinator) Lt. Erica Artseros. She's a San Francisco native and has been a member of the SFFD since 1994, and the NERT Program Coordinator since 2004. Register here -

SFFD NERT and SFSAFE want you to have skills to be prepared for emergencies big or small, and get to know your neighbors on your block to maximize resiliency after a disaster.

Thursday -October 23, 2014
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St. Philip Church & School
775 Diamond St @ 24th St
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Elena Perez

NERT Readiness Workshop

Personal Readiness for a resilient Community One time workshop for you and your neighbors!  What's in it for you? You will learn the basics to take care of yourself and others. SFFD NERT and SF SAFE want you to have skills to be prepared for emergencies big or small, and get to know your neighbors on your block to maximize resiliency after a...

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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Many in the San Francisco Bay Area were awoken early Sunday morning by the largest earthquake in the region since the Loma Prieta earthquake nearly 25 years ago. While thankfully, San Francisco suffered no damage, this is a good opportunity to remind ourselves that we need to be prepared before the next earthquake or emergency. Being prepared today will make our City's recovery all the more efficient and effective, allowing us all to get back to business as usual, faster.

Let's use this as an opportunity to educate ourselves, our friends and family, and our employees and coworkers about earthquake preparedness and why it is critical to making sure that San Francisco is a resilient City. Please visit to learn how to get prepared for the next earthquake and how to connect with your community.

I also encourage everyone who lives or works in San Francisco to take the San Francisco Fire Department's free Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training, and register for the City's e-mail and text-based notification system

It is often said that real emergencies look more like people coming together rather than cities falling apart. That is why it is important to take steps now so we are all ready for the next emergency.

Let's not wait until the next disaster; let's be prepared today.

Posted Aug 26, 2014
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Miraloma Park Improvement Club

Here's some great research from SPUR on preparedness:

The Resilient City

We know that another major earthquake will strike San Francisco — we just don’t know when. SPUR is leading a comprehensive effort to retrofit the buildings and infrastructure that sustain city life. Our goal is to ensure San Francisco’s resiliency and our capacity to not only survive but thrive when a disaster strikes.This multi-year initiative...

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Posted Aug 21, 2014
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Dinah Sanders

Step 1: Get a group together and have the Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) program come give you free training!

From the training page:
"Want to host a N.E.R.T. training in your San Francisco neighborhood? You must have thirty sign-ups and an ADA compliant space able to accommodate at least eighty people. If you do, please contact SFNERT at Classes will be scheduled based on need and location."

Looks like Bill Jeong is your neighborhood coordinator and his contact info is here

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Posted Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014

Thanks Dinah! Representatives from NERT were at the first meeting, and will be there tomorrow night as well.

Posted by Dan on Jul 22, 2014
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