Emergency Preparedness

Helping to Prepare You for Emergencies


The Emergency Preparedness Division is responsible for training and management of the city’s Emergency Preparedness program. This division is also responsible for hazardous materials training and management, as well as safety training for all department personnel.

East County CERT – Be Prepared For Disaster
Are you prepared for a disaster? An Earthquake or firestorm? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy. FREE disaster training taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue and Santee Fire Department.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area they live. These FREE CERT lessons will train you in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training taught in the classroom and during drill exercises, CERT members will be better prepared to also assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster or other unexpected event when professional responders are not immediately available.

(Due to limited class size, East County CERT training is restricted to residents of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Santee.)

Visit Heartland Fire & Rescue's CERT page for more information.

Other Resources


The City of La Mesa has several sources of information available to help prepare residents in the event of a disaster: