The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the 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. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
Complete free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and become part of a CERT team in your neighborhood. CERT teams train to provide aid to disaster victims and assist first responders in the event of an emergency. Team members provide community education in disaster preparedness and assist with first aid and crowd control at community events.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), using the model created by the Los Angeles Fire Department, began promoting nationwide use of the CERT concept in 1994. Since then, CERTs has been established in hundreds of communities.
Emergencies occur in our communities, neighborhoods, and workplaces every day. We also know that a large-scale disaster (such as an earthquake) will quickly overwhelm local professional responders. CERT training will prepare you to: