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Emergency Preparedness

The city of Scottsdale’s Emergency Manager oversees the city’s preparation for disasters and emergencies and coordinates large-scale emergency responses.

Community Emergency Response Training

Scottsdale’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are citizens who have volunteered to receive basic emergency response skills training so they can better assist their families, friends and neighbors.

The CERT program trains the community in basic disaster prevention and response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, organization and disaster psychology.

This six-week course culminates in a disaster simulation. Classes are hands-on, intensive, and designed to offer students decision making and practical skills needed to safely assist families, neighbors and coworkers in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Upcoming Classes

CERT Class 18-01

Dates: 2018 - Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Mar. 1, Mar. 8, Mar. 15, Mar. 22, Mar. 24,
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
(Final Class and Scenario will be 8 - Noon Mar. 24, 2018)

Tom Hontz Public Safety Training Building
911 N. Stadem Drive,
Tempe, AZ 85281 



Prepare your home and be self-sufficient during monsoon storms and other emergencies

While the city of Scottsdale is prepared to respond to the full range of emergency situations, you, your family and your pets should be prepared to go without assistance for several days should a major storm or disaster strike.

Things to consider:

  • How will you communicate with your family during an emergency if phone systems don’t work or are overloaded?
  • Do you have a designated family meeting place if you are separated?
  • What will you do if you have to evacuate your home?

Here are some resources to help you prepare:

Get updates at or via Twitter at @ScottsdalePD links to external site , @ScottsdaleFD links to external site  and @ScottsdaleAZgov links to external site .


Seasonal storms can cause flooding in Scottsdale. During these storms, the city may make sand and sandbags available to help residents protect their property.

When available, sandbag information and pickup location will be posted on the homepage.

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Office of Emergency Management 
Brent Olson - Emergency Manager
P: 480-312-1886