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Upcoming Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training (NERT)

Although NERT training is typically a 6-week deal (making it difficult for me and probably many other busy folks to attend), there is an upcoming two day intensive training session in Bernal Heights that only requires you invest yourself for two full days (8am – 5pm on both November 10th and 17th) of free training from your San Francisco Fire Department. Take a look at the schedule and sign up online (depending on availability of spaces in the class). I hope to see you at this training session if you can spare the time (and get confirmed to attend).

What is NERT?

On October 17, 1989, San Francisco experienced an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale. The aftermath of such an event and its effect on San Francisco’s residents led to specific action. The San Francisco Fire Department, prompted by the residents in the city, formed the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training Program, which currently provides training in disaster and emergency response. Since 1990 the NERT program has trained more than 16,000 San Francisco residents to be self reliant in a major disaster.

The underlying premise is that a major disaster will overwhelm first responders leaving many citizens on their own for the first 72 hours or longer after the emergency. Our goal is to teach as many San Franciscan’s as possible that, with basic training, they can make a difference in the lives of their families and others when, not if, they are affected by a disaster large or small.


  • Develop self-confidence and peace of mind as you learn practical information and learn hands-on life-saving skills
  • Build community as you develop and share your skills and resources to protect yourself, your family and home, and your neighborhood
  • Create a lifeline between your family and neighbors, and the City’s emergency responders
  • Increase the safety and well-being of your family and neighborhood

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