During large disasters Emergency Responders can’t do it all and be everywhere all at once. You are the help until help arrives.
CERT members come from neighborhood, workplace, or other community organizations. Members join because they want to learn how to better prepare for hazards that threaten their homes and communities. They want to protect their families, themselves, and their communities.
CERTs are not restricted to disaster-related activities. You have the potential to become a known and trusted volunteer resource in your community. As a CERT member, you can support the response community in many ways. For instance, you can help with community safety projects or help neighbors and co-workers prepare for emergencies.
It’s easy to get started! Just complete the CERT basic class to gain the fundamentals. If you’re interested in learning more or want to volunteer to help during a disaster, join a local CERT team (like ACCERT!)