Many of the Resources pages contain material that has been gathered from various sources by WPV-CERT volunteers.  It represents the best practices as far as could be determined at the time. Information like this is constantly evolving. The Emergency Preparedness and Response communities are constantly developing new tools, techniques, and technologies, and re-evaluating old ones. You should never consider material found here as "the final word" on any topic.


We urge you to do your own research. Search the internet. Try new products. And tell us what works and does not work for you. Wherever possible, we try to give numerous links to other resources where you can begin reading about any topic in more detail. Take your time. Always look for some authoritative sources, like FEMA and American Red Cross articles. And beware the lunatic fringe. There is a lot of bad advice out there. If you are unsure of some point, give us a call and we'll do some research with you.


Never adopt an advanced practice until you understand it thoroughly.

Important Pages


To learn about the CERT program, and related nation-wide programs...

CERT Page at


To see all of the FEMA class materials for CERT courses, including student and instructor guidess...

CERT Training Materials


To see all online courses available from FEMA...

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

Resources by Topic


The Fire Extinguisher Myth

The short version is: do not pound on your fire extinguisher when you check it.


Clean Water

There are many ways to clean water. Some are simple and some are more advanced.


Gas Shutoff Valves

There are gas valves that automatically shut off in an earthquake. They are good. There are gas valves that automatically shut off when they detect too much gas flow. They are usually a bad idea.