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Community Emergency Response Team
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.
Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three life-threatening injuries by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
If you're interested in finding out more before enrolling, check out the Introduction to CERT online independent study course.
Note that you must attend all 20 hours of the basic training classes to be certified. Classroom materials will be provided.
Share your CERT story with the CERT community
Has your team assisted your community in a neighbor-helping-neighbor spirit? Send your story to the CERT Program Manager. You story could be shared on our website!
Attention CERT Team Leaders!
If you're a current team leader, please email us your name, phone number and email address at email@example.com and we will notify once a meeting/training date is established.
Quizzes & Virtual Exercises
Fun and interactive tools to test your knowledge of preparedness, triage, fire suppression and more.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Wed May 6, 2015 2:04:03 PM
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