Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT is a group of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trained volunteers who provide relief to victims of disasters by assisting the City of Lomita in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. Following a major disaster, fire and rescue resources may be unable to immediately respond to all those in need. In such a crisis, it will be neighbors assisting neighbors until emergency response personnel can arrive. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training provides residents with the skills and tools necessary to take care of themselves, their families, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of a disaster. Through the 20-hour CERT training, residents learn about hazards that may impact their area as well as basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Upon completion of the course, volunteers may register with their respective city to assist in disaster response when the CERT is activated. Participants have no obligation or commitment to respond or act should a disaster occur. As individuals, we can prepare our homes and families to cope during the first critical hours following an emergency. Through CERT, you can help yourself and your neighbors reduce your emergency needs and manage your existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.

For additional information about Lomita CERT, please contact

(CERT volunteers working the booth at this year’s Health Fair at City Hall)


To sign up, text: ALERTSB to 888-777

The City of Lomita and 12 neighboring cities in the South Bay have created Alert SouthBay to provide critical information to our communities during natural disasters and other major emergencies. To receive potentially lifesaving alerts, register at or text: ALERTSB to 888-777.

Subscriber information will only be used to notify you in the event of an emergency, and for any additional notifications you sign up to receive, such as major traffic impacts or emergency preparedness advisories. Receive alerts via cell phones, landlines, text, email, and/or TTY-TDD devices. Modify your preferences anytime by logging into your account settings

AlertSB is an opt-in system, meaning residents are not automatically enrolled. Please sign up if you wish to receive alerts in the event of a major emergency. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

Mass Emergency Notification System – Voluntary Registry

Register here to be notified during an emergency where the public is being asked to take specific actions, such as evacuations.

An easy to remember three-digit dialing code that enables a caller to access information about more than 28,000 health and human service programs throughout Los Angeles County 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is TTY accessible. 211 LA County, formerly known as INFO Line of Los Angeles, has been providing these services since 1981.


Additional Disaster Assistance Resources

  • SBA Disaster Assistance General Information – Click here
  • SBA Disaster Preparation FACTS – Click here
  • SBA Disaster Loans Information – Click here

Additional Planning Resources

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan
Emergency Operations Plan