Get Trained

After a disaster, some of us will need help, but many of us will be the ones helping others. Get trained now so you can develop skills to help your community.


LISTOS volunteers receive CPR training in Portland's Cully neighborhood. An instructor shows a participant how to check the airway of victim volunteer. Several participants sit behind them and watch.
Photo credit: Portland Bureau of Emergency Management


Photo of a cell phone with the Stop the Bleed app on the display.


Clark County CERT volunteers get trained on cribbing. Four people are attempting to rescue a mannequin by lifting a car with wood blocks. A 5th person who is the trainer observes.
Photo credit: Clackamas County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program


LISTOS volunteers get trained on fire suppression. A woman holds a fire extinguisher and two men stand behind her providing support.
Photo credit: Washington County LISTOS 


Woman holding an amateur radio transmitter. She is a Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team member.
Photo credit: Laura Hall, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization




First Aid / CPR

First Aid training provides you with basic medical skills that can save lives. Classes are offered by the Red Cross, the American Heart Association, local community colleges, and many other organizations. You can also learn Hands-Only CPR, which is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths.

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid focuses on improvisational medicine and situations where dialing 911 is not an option. Classes are offered by National Outdoor Leadership School, REI Outdoor School, and Wilderness Medical Association.

Psychological First Aid

Emotional assistance is critical during an emergency. Emotional First Aid classes are offered locally by the Trauma Intervention Program and other programs. In Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, visit to find a Mental Health First Aid class near you.

Stop the Bleed

Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable death. Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences.

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to get people trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Online and in-person resources are available.

Community Emergency Response Teams

Know what to do when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Join your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs), Neighborhood Emergency Team (NETs), or Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERTs). Get trained to help others in your neighborhood or workplace following a disaster.

Basic training is free and provides basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, radio communication, and disaster medical operations. Some programs offer advanced training, such as psychological first aid, volunteer management, crowd control, shelter staffing, knot tying, and more. Learn More about CERT/NET/NERT programs in the Portland Metro Region, and sign up today!

Amateur Radio

Amateur radio (or HAM radio) will work even when modern communication devices fail. If you’re interested in getting your amateur radio license, visit the Amateur Radio Emergency Service website. To get involved in your local radio community, check out your County's program: Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Washington County

The Extension Service

The Extension Service partners with state universities to provide educational activities to create positive changes in individuals, community, and the environment. Learn how to grow and preserve your own food, raise livestock, conserve water, protect wildlife, and increase your community's vitality. These skills can contribute to personal and community resilience in the face of disasters and climate change. Find your area Extension Service (Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Washington County)

FEMA Online Training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free online courses through their Emergency Management Institute. They are designed for emergency management professionals and the general public.

For Individuals

For Organizations

(Schools, businesses, and faith- or community-based organizations)