Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Program Overview

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a nationally supported, locally implemented initiative that teaches people how to better prepare themselves for hazards that may affect their communities. The CERT program trains and organizes volunteers to assist their families, neighbors, co-workers, and other community members during emergencies when professional responders may not be immediately available to provide assistance. Before, during, and after disasters, CERT volunteers perform basic response activities, including checking in on neighbors, distributing information to the public, supporting emergency operations centers, and helping to manage traffic and crowds. The ability for CERT volunteers to perform these activities frees up professional responders to focus their efforts on more complex, essential, and critical tasks. CERT volunteers also support their communities by organizing, promoting, and participating in emergency preparedness events, activities, and projects.

CERT Basic Training

The CERT Basic Training educates people about disaster preparedness and teaches them skills that are important to know in a disaster. Topics covered include fire safety and utility controls, light search and rescue operations, disaster medical operations, and more. Classes consist of sixteen contact hours and may be held over a weekend or over the course of several weeks. Classes are open to all individuals 19 years and older.

Let us know that you're interested in attending a CERT Basic Training class by filling out and submitting this form: CERT Basic Training Interest Form (click on the link to access the form).