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.

As a Community Resource

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.

How CERT helps first responders

The multiple effects of a disaster can put a strain on local and surrounding resources. When their resources are taxed, emergency services must focus on the highest-priority needs.

As a CERT member, you can provide valuable assistance by addressing the needs that may arise before professional responders can arrive in your neighborhood or workplace.

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