In an effort to encourage residents to prepare themselves and their community for emergency situations, the City of Carlsbad will begin its next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program on Feb. 12. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains the participants in basic disaster or emergency response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using their training, CERT members can tend to themselves, their families, and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. All residents interested in participating in the CERT program must register online at and choose “Disaster Preparedness and Response – City of Carlsbad.” Participants must also complete a Live Scan background check and a medical evaluation signed by a doctor.